Exercises: 20th Century Speculative Fiction - Details
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General information

Semester SS 2021
Current number of participants 25
maximum number of participants 25
Entries on waiting list 3
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Exercises in category Teaching
First date Fri , 16.04.2021 14:15 - 15:45
Performance record Portfolio
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird online/digital abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
ECTS points 2-4

Course location / Course dates

n.a Friday: 14:15 - 15:45, weekly

Module assignments


Speculative Fiction is a genre with many definitions and thus encompasses a vast area of literature. In this course we will work with the definition of Speculative Fiction as an umbrella term for Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction. These subgenres provide an opportunity to view various facets of real life through the lens of a fictionalised world. This creative approach enables us to depict a myriad of topics and view them more objectively. Topics such as the fear of the unknown, war trauma, the consequences of growing up too early, and the development of humankind into a society which seems ideal but is not, are part of the novels and the short story that will be discussed and analysed in this course. Furthermore, we will look at the problems regarding a clear-cut definition between genres and subgenres, amongst other things with regard to their characteristics.

In order to obtain credits you will either have to write a thesis paragraph, do a moderation, or a presentation, as well as write an essay. Participation, regular attendance, and reading the texts will be expected.

Please purchase a copy of Shirley Jackson – We have always Lived in the Castle, Ursula K. Le Guin – The Lathe of Heaven, and C.S. Lewis – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
A reader with relevant theoretical texts and the short story will be made available on digicampus.

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The course is part of admission "ELW/ALW/NELK: Vertiefungsmodul BA/LA: Ü".
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