Übung: Mark Twain

Dozentin: Christina Caupert M.A.
Termin: Mi. 15.45-17.15 Uhr
Raum: 1011

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, is one of the most multi-faceted figures of American literature. Driven by diverse and sometimes contradictory impulses, he worked as a typesetter, journalist, silver miner, inventor, investor and – famously – as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi, but despite his almost ostentatious reservations concerning the typical life of an intellectual artist, he was not averse to accepting public praise and awards such as honorary doctor's degrees or an invitation to the White House. Nevertheless, his irreverent and deeply skeptical exposure of conventional elites and traditions and his fondness for the unspoiled, practical man of common sense are among the most striking characteristics of his works – alongside his unique style, which oscillates between brilliance and crudity. In this course, we will try to fathom the ambivalent phenomenon of Mark Twain by discussing some of his best-known works, including novels and short fiction, but also (excerpts from) his travelling books, humorous essays, lectures, and literary criticism.

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: Introductory course; timely fulfillment of reading assignments; active participation

Scheinerwerb: Erwerb von Leistungspunkten durch Kurzreferat oder schriftliche Hausaufgabe

Einführende Lektüre bzw. Textgrundlagen:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
More texts will be available from April at the Amerikanistik office (room 4064).
Die regelmäßige Lektüre wird vorausgesetzt!