PS "Early American Poetry and Short Fiction"

Dozent(in): Timo Müller, M.A.
Termin: Donnerstag 15:45-17:15 Uhr
Gebäude/Raum: 1003

Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung:

Although the United States emerged from the revolutionary war a self-confident, attractive nation, it remained dependent on the cultural achievements of the old world long into the nineteenth century. A specifically American literature was slow to emerge, and Emerson in 1844 memorably complained that the dazzling landscapes of the continent, its diverse population, and its exciting history were “yet unsung.” A small group of writers, however, had by that time begun to explore the rich subject-matter their nation offered and to search for the literary forms and genres best suited to it. Bryant and Longfellow turned to European romantic poetry and adapted it to descriptions of American landscapes. Irving and Hawthorne recounted in short historical tales the adventures and folklore of the early colonists. Paradoxically, however, it was the old-world romance and gothic fiction of Poe that established the first original American genre: the ‘short story,’ which to the present day remains the epitomic and most popular literary form of the United States.

This course is designed as an introduction to U.S. history, culture, and literature before 1850. We will recapitulate the main historical developments of the period and, against this background, discuss central texts by Emerson, Bryant, Irving, Hawthorne, Poe, and Longfellow, as well as the early African-American poetry of Phillis Wheatley. Additional information on the course can be found on my website (Amerikanistik / Mitarbeiter). A preliminary syllabus will be available for download by early April.

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Vorkenntnis für die Lehrveranstaltung:

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: introductory course

Anforderungen für den Scheinerwerb: regular attendance and participation in class, fulfillment of reading assignments, presentation, 2-3 pp. mid-term paper, 10-12 pp. final paper

Literatur zur Lehrveranstaltung:

Edgar Allan Poe, Selected Tales (Penguin Popular Classics).

All other texts will be available in the Norton Anthology of American Literature, eds. Nina Baym et al., 5th ed., vol. 1, or 6th ed., vol. B.

weitere Informationen zu der Lehrveranstaltung:

empfohlenes Studiensemester der Lehrveranstaltung: Grundstudium
Fachrichtung Lehrveranstaltung: Amerikanistik (Magister), Englisch (Lehramt)
Nummer der Lehrveranstaltung: 05 240
Beginn der Lehrveranstaltung: 19. April 2007
Dauer der Lehrveranstaltung: 2 SWS
Typ der Lehrveranstaltung: PS - Proseminar
Semester: SS 2007