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The cultural construction and literary representation of national characters (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Emer O'Sullivan

wöchentlich | Dienstag | 10:15 - 11:45 | 19.10.2010 - 01.02.2011 | C 11.308 Seminarraum

Inhalt: National character, its construction, and its representation in literature is the focus of this seminar which will approach these issues from a number of angles. Theoretical approaches will range from the historical materialist approach by Benedict Anderson who defines a nation as "an imagined political community", through studies on national stereotypes in the area of social psychology, to the key discipline which deals with the representation of foreign nations, imagology or image studies. The seminar will not be purely theory based, however; we will be critically examining and discussing a range of different literary texts and genres, with special (but not exclusive) focus on the representation of Germans in British fiction and on the representation of foreign nations in illustrated texts.