Exercises: Imagining the West - Details
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Subtitle Vertretung Frau Sarkowsky: Stefanie Schäfer
Course number 019 113 0009
Semester SS 2020
Current number of participants 8
maximum number of participants 35
Home institute Amerikanistik
Courses type Exercises in category Teaching
First date Tue , 21.04.2020 15:45 - 17:15, Room: (D, 2122)
Learning organization Reading: The texts will be made available via e-learning platform. Please purchase a copy of Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian (2012) and of George Bowering’s Caprice (Vancouver, New Star Books, 2010) –and make sure you order them in time, since Caprice is hard to get
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Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch

Course location / Course dates

(D, 2122) Tuesday: 15:45 - 17:15, weekly (13x)

Module assignments


“This is the West. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” (from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
The North American West as a geographical space has become mythologized; its tropes of cultural contact, settlement and conquest, masculinity and whiteness prevail well into present-day popular culture. In this class, we examine how the “West” was made in different media, from dime novels to rodeo culture up to the Western film. We will explore the West motifs of the cowboy, the frontier, and magnificent landscapes through contemporary critical theory, including settler colonialism and new imperial histories. The reading list includes a novel by Canadian author George Bowering, creative nonfiction by Thomas King, popular cowboy poetry, as well as Western film classics and new developments, from John Ford to Quentin Tarantino.
Class requirements include regular reading and active participation, as well as a film group presentation which will be the basis for the portfolio.

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