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PS/MS 19th-Century Literature and the Long Civil War

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Time and place

  • Fr 10:15-11:45, .ics

Das Seminar gehört in folgenden Studiengängen jeweils zu folgenden Modulen:

  • BA English and American Studies: Zwischenmodul II Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul I: Thematisches - Kombinationsmodul)

  • BA English and American Studies: Zwischenmodul II (Studienrichtung American Studies; Zulassungsvoraussetzung: abgeschlossene GOP)

  • BA English and American Studies: Proseminar Politics and Culture (Studienrichtung American Studies; Zulassungsvoraussetzung: abgeschlossene GOP)

  • Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Zwischenmodul L-GYM Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Basismodul Literature)

  • Lehramt Englisch an Grund-, Mittel- und Realschulen: Seminarmodul L-UF Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Elementarmodul L-UF Literature)

Content

This seminar examines the “long Civil War” and its negotiations in 19th-century American literature. We will discuss the role literature played in escalating the tensions between North and South, its significance during the war years, and its commemorative and reconstructive work in the postbellum context. In doing so, we will not only question the status of the Civil War as a standard marker of literary periodization but also cover some of the major figures (such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Wells Brown, Louisa May Alcott, or Stephen Crane) and literary modes and genres (such as sentimentalism, realism, and naturalism) that shaped 19th-century writing. Moreover, we will engage with questions pertaining, more generally, to the un/representability of war, the racialized and gendered logics of war stories, and, more specifically, the “cultural work” and ideological ramifications of Civil War narratives in the U.S.

Additional information

Expected participants: 20