Introductory seminar course: 19th Century American Literature - Details
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General information

Course name Introductory seminar course: 19th Century American Literature
Course number 024 100 0010
Semester WS 2023/24
Current number of participants 27
maximum number of participants 31
Home institute Amerikanistik
Courses type Introductory seminar course in category Teaching
First date Wednesday, 18.10.2023 10:00 - 11:30, Room: (D, 1003)
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch

Rooms and times

(D, 1003)
Wednesday: 10:00 - 11:30, weekly (17x)

Module assignments


Nation-building, westward expansion, the displacement and genocide of Indigenous peoples, the struggle over the abolition of slavery, immigration, industrialization, women’s rights – the 19th century in the United States saw a number of the central political, economic, and cultural processes that shape the country until today. 19th century American literature does not only reflect upon and respond to such dynamics, as integral to the nation’s cultural imaginary it is also instrumental to them.
In this class, we will look at a range of fictional and some non-fictional texts relating to these cultural and social dynamics; our readings will include well- and lesser-known texts and authors from different backgrounds. This class is meant as both an overview and selective in-depth study of 19th century American texts. Since it is conceptualized in conjunction with a supplementary ‘Übung’ on narrative analysis, we will focus exclusively on narrative forms.

Please get a copy of Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845) and of Sophia Alice Callahan’s Wynema, a Child of the Forest (1891). All other texts will be provided on Digicampus.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ALW/ELW/NELK: Aufbaumodul BA/LA: PS".
Studierende der Anglistik/Amerikanistik und des Faches Englisch können sich bereits während der vorgezogenen Anmeldephase zur Sicherstellung des Studienfortschritts für die Aufbau- und Vertiefungsmodule anmelden. Hierzu wird ein gewisses Kontingent der Kursplätze im Zeitraum vom 21.08.2023 bis 30.08.2023 für die Anmeldung geöffnet. Die Verteilung der Plätze erfolgt am 01.09.2023. Bitte beachten Sie, dass in dieser Anmeldephase Studierende in höheren Fachsemestern bei der Verteilung der Plätze priorisiert werden.
Die allgemeine Anmeldephase beginnt am 04.09.2023 und endet am 09.10.2023.
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The enrolment is possible from 04.09.2023, 08:00 to 09.10.2023, 12:00.
  • Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 09.10.2023 on 15:15. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
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