Course Schedule


Native North America (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Maria Moss

wöchentlich | Donnerstag | 14:15 - 15:45 | 17.10.2016 - 03.02.2017 | C 5.111 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Making significant contributions to contemporary North American culture are a number of First Nations and Native American authors whose activities - both literary and political - have their roots in the storytelling tradition of their respective tribes. Thomas King (Cherokee), Louis Owen (Choctaw), Louise Erdrich (Chippewa), and Taiake Alfred (Mohawk) - to name a few - all focus on important socio-political issues in their writings while simultaneously displaying significant aspects of their tribes' mythology and thus their tribes' way of survival. In the seminar we will explore the philosophy of Native North America which differs greatly from western thought in both its perception of reality and its assumption about literary creations. Studying Native North America requires what David Harvey calls "an openness to an unassimilated otherness," that is, an openness to experiences that have historically been pushed to the periphery of our cultural awareness. Thus, this seminar will be a contribution to the dialogue that has been challenging discourses both in the United States and Canada for the past decades.

The Sixties in Fact and Fiction (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Sabrina Völz

wöchentlich | Dienstag | 12:15 - 13:45 | 17.10.2016 - 29.11.2016 | C 5.111 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Sa, 03.12.2016, 10:15 - Sa, 03.12.2016, 15:45 | C 5.111 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Di, 06.12.2016, 12:15 - Di, 06.12.2016, 13:45 | fällt aus !
Einzeltermin | Di, 13.12.2016, 12:15 - Di, 13.12.2016, 13:45 | fällt aus !
Einzeltermin | Di, 20.12.2016, 12:15 - Di, 20.12.2016, 13:45 | fällt aus !
wöchentlich | Dienstag | 12:15 - 13:45 | 10.01.2017 - 03.02.2017 | C 5.111 Seminarraum

Inhalt: This seminar takes a look at the social, political, and cultural themes in the United States in a turbulent time in American history from multiple perspectives, analyzing both high and popular culture, mainstream and marginalized voices. Students will reflect on the concepts of history, memory, and new journalism. We will discuss the highly acclaimed non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote (1966). Then we will address representation theory and apply it to images of the Vietnam War in film and literature and the television series "Mad Men."