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Lehrveranstaltungen

Children's literature (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Emer O'Sullivan

Termin:
wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 08:15 - 09:45 | 06.04.2021 - 09.07.2021 | C 5.310

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.

The long life of national images in Literature: From the eighteenth-century ‘Tableau of Nations’ to ‘Harry Potter’ (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Ulrike Kristina Köhler

Termin:
wöchentlich | Dienstag | 08:15 - 09:45 | 06.04.2021 - 09.07.2021 | Online-Veranstaltung

Inhalt: Frivolous Frenchmen, English bad weather and German punctuality are national images which we can encounter across genres and time. In this seminar we will explore national images of Europeans as they manifest themselves in predominantly British literature. Setting out by looking at the eighteenth-century Viennese tableau of nations, we will be looking at a range of texts from different periods, authors and genres. These include the Gothic novel, twentieth-century fantasy literature and picture books. We will be looking at how national images are constructed, which functions they fulfil in the text and whether they undergo changes depending on their extraliterary context. Our theoretical framework is imagology, a branch of comparative literature dedicated to the analysis and deconstruction of national images in literature and other media, and which has developed a differentiated toolkit for its purpose. In this seminar students will acquire the competences to identify and to analyse national images effectively. This includes their discriminatory force as well as their aesthetic potential.