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VL American Literary and Cultural History, 20th Century

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Time and place

  • Do 12:15-13:45, .ics

Die VL American Literary and Cultural History, 20th Century kann wie folgt verwendet werden:

  • L-GYM Englisch: "Optionsmodul L-GYM Literature" oder "Optionsmodul L-GYM Culture" (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul Literature bzw. Culture)

  • BA English and American Studies: "Hauptmodul B Literature" (ausgenommen Studienrichtung American Studies)

  • MA North American Studies Mastermodul 6: "Überblicksmodul": VL inkl. Independent Study mit intensivem Lektüreprogramm

  • MA English Studies: "Freie Ergänzungsstudien/Wild Card": VL inkl. Independent Study mit intensivem Lektüreprogramm

  • MA Ethik der Textkulturen: M2, M3

Content

This lecture offers a survey of 20th century American literature and culture, the so-called ‘American Century’. It will introduce significant selections from the diverse body of 20th century American writing from its modernist beginnings, via postmodernism and neorealism to the recent turn of the century. Through the lens of literary writing and other cultural products, we will study reflections on the US becoming a modern, hegemonic, and an increasingly fractured nation. For *MA students*, the lecture is supplemented by a comprehensive reading program. In order to receive *credit* for the lecture, *all students* take a 20 minute oral exam at the end of the semester (scheduled for Thursday August 1, 2019). For MA students the oral exam is based on three response papers they hand in during the semester (covering five texts from the reading list on five pages each).