Course Schedule

Veranstaltungen von Prof. Dr. Emer O'Sullivan


Children's literature (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Emer O'Sullivan

wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 08:15 - 09:45 | 02.04.2024 - 05.07.2024 | C 5.325 Seminarraum
Einzeltermin | Mi, 15.05.2024, 08:15 - Mi, 15.05.2024, 09:45 | C 14.001 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Children's literature has, since its beginnings in the 18th century, been a source both of entertainment and instruction for child readers as well as a product which reflects adults' perceptions of children and the choices that they make regarding what literature is suitable for the young. It is addressed to a wide range of readers from pre-literate toddlers to young adults and encompasses an equally wide range of genres including picturebooks, traditional folk and fairy tales, novels, poetry, and informational books. In this seminar, you will become familiar with a selection of literature in the English-speaking cultures across time, and learn to appreciate this branch of literature through close reading and work with different critical approaches. You will examine the distinctive qualities of children’s literature, explore the relation of didacticism and entertainment in texts for children at different historical periods, and consider the changing concepts of the child and its influence on the production of children's literature.

Jane Austen on the Screen (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Emer O'Sullivan

wöchentlich | Dienstag | 08:15 - 09:45 | 02.04.2024 - 05.07.2024 | C 5.325 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Jane Austen (1775-1817), author of six novels renowned for their irony and humour, their depiction of contemporary English social life and also for their underlying serious qualities, would seem an unlikely candidate for the title “hippest pop writer to go to Hollywood”. But this is what she was called after six films of her novels appeared between 1995 and 1997 alone. Altogether some 40 film and tv mini-series adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels, biopics and Jane Austen-themed stories have been made in Hollywood, Bollywood, by the BBC and others. In this seminar we will examine Austen’s novels in context before moving to film and tv adaptions, focussing especially on "Pride and Prejudice", exploring the reasons for the striking and sudden appeal of Austen and her work during and since the mid-1990s and examining different adaptation strategies and foci.

Gilbert & Sullivan: Satire & Song (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Rebecca Lang, Emer O'Sullivan

wöchentlich | Montag | 16:15 - 17:45 | 02.04.2024 - 05.07.2024 | C 16.207 Musik
Einzeltermin | Mo, 01.07.2024, 10:00 - Di, 02.07.2024, 09:00 | C 40 Forum | Abschluss-Ausstellung & Konzert
Einzeltermin | Mo, 01.07.2024, 10:00 - Di, 02.07.2024, 09:00 | C 40.191 Backstagenutzung | Abschluss-Ausstellung & Konzert

Inhalt: W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were a British author-composer duo of highly popular comic and satirical operettas in the 19th century, whose influence continues to resonate today. This seminar, run by Rebecca Lang, Director of Music at the University, and Emer O'Sullivan, Professor of Literature at the Institute of English Studies, will take an interdisciplinary approach to all facets of their joint musical and textual output and its reception. Gilbert and Sullivan collaborated for over 25 years, starting in 1871, and together they created a total of fourteen comic operas which remained popular for more than a century. They changed both the content and form of musical theatre and showed that social issues and politics could be addressed in a witty way, poking fun at the establishment and social rankings. They are rightly seen as the forerunners of our modern musicals. In this seminar we will briefly look at their predecessors, but will focus on the duo, the context in which they were working, and their most important operattas. We will also engage with the many ways in which they influenced popular culture in the English-speaking world today from advertisements, through countless parodies, to featuring in the likes of the Muppet Show, The Simpsons and Star Trek.