HS Contemporary Writing by North American Women



Time and place

  • Mi 14:15-15:45, .ics

Das Mittelseminar/Hauptseminar Literature gehört in folgenden Studiengängen jeweils zu folgenden Modulen:

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

  • BA English and American Studies: Hauptmodul A

Für BA-Studierende ist an diesen Kurs eine Independent Study Group angeschlossen.

Das Hauptseminar gehört in folgenden Masterstudiengängen jeweils zu folgenden Modulen:
  • MA North American Studies - Culture and Literature: Aufbau- und Vertiefungsmodule

  • MA The Americas/Las Américas: Module 3b,4,7

  • MA Literaturstudien - intermedial und interkulturell: Module 4,5,7,8


We are going to analyze half a dozen much-talked-about and highly acclaimed books - all of them published in 2019/20 and written by North American women born in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Jamaica, and Spain: Margaret Atwood's The Testaments, Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt, Valeria Luiselli's Lost Children Archive, Ann Patchett's The Dutch House, Claudia Rankine's Just Us, and Lisa Taddeo's Three Women. What kinds of books are these? What can we say about them within the frameworks of poetics and hermeneutics? Why are they (considered) great, exceptional, praiseworthy, unputdownable, interesting, important, controversial, ...?

Additional information

Expected participants: 15