Übung: Canon Formation and Canon Revisions in American Literature

Dozentin: Christina Caupert M.A.
Termin: Mi. 14.00-15.30 Uhr

The idea of a literary canon has become increasingly problematic over the last decades. The term canon (derived from the Greek word for "rule") was originally used, in a literary context, to describe religious writings that were approved as authentic and authoritative. Today, we speak of "literary canons" to refer to bodies of texts that are considered to be particularly important and representative for a certain group of people, a period, or even for mankind in general ("world literature canon"). But who or what determines if a text is canonized? Why do some once canonical texts fall into oblivion and others return from it? And what are the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a canon (in the singular) or canons (in the plural) in the first place?

In this course, we will try to find some answers to these questions by reading and discussing a number of relevant theoretical as well as literary texts. One example that we will study in detail is the case of Kate Chopin's 1899 novel The Awakening, which is now acknowledged as a major work of American fiction but was virtually forgotten until the 1960s, when it was rediscovered by feminist scholars.

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

Leistungsnachweis: Short presentation (2 LP); short written homework (+ 1 LP).

2 LP: BacA 13 – LW Nr. 3, GyE 13 – LW Nr. 3, GyE 23 – LW Nr. 2, WBELW 03 Nr. 3, MaAngl 01   LW (Nr.2), MaAngl 31   LW (Nr.2), MaAngl 32   LW (Nr.2), FB-Gs-DF-Eng, FB-Hs-DF-Eng, FB-Gs-UF-Eng, FB-Hs-UF-Eng, FB-Rs-UF-Eng, FB-Gy-VF-Eng, Wahlbereich BA, BacA 04 – LK Nr. 3, BacA 09 – LK Nr. 3, GsHsRsE 05 – LK Nr. 3, MaAngl 37 Nr. 2, MaAngl 38 Nr. 2, MaAngl 15 Nr. 2
3 LP: RsE 23 – LW Nr. 1, GyE 05 – LK Nr. 3, MaAngl 21   LW (Nr.2)

Die Modulsignaturen der Komparatistik werden vom Lehrstuhl für Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft vergeben. Fragen dazu richten Sie bitte direkt an die Mitarbeiter der VL.

A number of texts will be made available in a reader.
Additionally, participants are required to read Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1899).