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PS "Genders of Modernism"


Dozent(in): Timo Müller, M.A.
Termin: Donnerstag 17:30-19:00 Uhr
Gebäude/Raum: 1003


Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung:

The emergence of modernist literature in the early twentieth century was the result of a number of significant socio-cultural changes. Among the most palpable of these changes was the pluralization of gender roles. The Victorian dualism of the man as public representative of his family and the woman as angel in the house dissolved and was succeeded by a variety of dynamic, unstable models. Among the cultural avant-garde of the era, ideals of masculinity and femininity were redefined and to some extent detached from biological sex, deviating forms of gender and sexuality (homosexuality, gender-crossing) were admitted, and art became a means of negotiating the impact of these developments on individual and cultural identities.

In this course, we will examine the negotiation of gender roles in four or five exemplary novels, ranging from the classic approaches of Hemingway and Virginia Woolf to subversive voices outside the mainstream (Henry Miller, Djuna Barnes, perhaps James Baldwin). In class discussion, the gender aspect will serve as a point of departure from which to explore literary modernism in its various shapes. A tentative syllabus will be available on my website by mid-September (PhilHist / Amerikanistik / Mitarbeiter).


Vorkenntnis für die Lehrveranstaltung:

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: introductory course

Anforderungen für den Scheinerwerb: Anforderungen für den Scheinerwerb: regular attendance, fulfillment of reading assignments, short presentation, two short mid-term essays, final paper


Literatur zur Lehrveranstaltung:

Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (Arrow)
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (Wordsworth Classics)
Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer (Grove Press)
Djuna Barnes, Nightwood (Faber and Faber)
time permitting: James Baldwin, Giovanni
s Room (Penguin)

For background reading: Pericles Lewis, The Cambridge
Introduction to Modernism
(Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007).


weitere Informationen zu der Lehrveranstaltung:

empfohlenes Studiensemester der Lehrveranstaltung: Grundstudium
Fachrichtung Lehrveranstaltung: Amerikanistik (Magister), Englisch (Lehramt)
Nummer der Lehrveranstaltung: 05 241
Beginn der Lehrveranstaltung: 18. Oktober 2007
Dauer der Lehrveranstaltung: 2 SWS
Typ der Lehrveranstaltung: PS - Proseminar
Semester: WS 2007/08