Advanced seminar: HS: Theories and Methods - Details
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General information

Course name Advanced seminar: HS: Theories and Methods
Semester WS 2023/24
Current number of participants 12
maximum number of participants 30
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
First date Tuesday, 17.10.2023 17:30 - 19:00, Room: (D 1003)
Type/Form Bitte beachten Sie: Dieses Hauptseminar ist nur für Studierende der Master- und Lehramtsstudiengänge geöffnet, nicht aber für Bachelor-Studierende!
Pre-requisites Einführung in die Literaturwissenschaft
Performance record Regular attendance and active participation; thesis paragraphs, written term paper.
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise • A reader containing relevant secondary material will be provided in the first session.
• A detailed reading list will be made available at the beginning of term.
ECTS points 8-10

Rooms and times

(D 1003)
Tuesday: 17:30 - 19:00, weekly (15x)

Module assignments


Literary theory explains the place, the nature, the task, and the formal aspects of literature. In ancient times, Greek philosophers such as Plato or Aristotle interrogated the nature of poetry and in which relationship a literary representation stands to reality as such. Since the 19th century things have become more complicated than attributing to literature the function of an expression of general truths about human life or bestowing a sense of beauty and entertainment on human life.

The seminar will address theoretical and philosophical approaches to literature and culture ranging from the mid 20th century to the present. At issue will be theories/methods/approaches dedicated to New Criticism, structuralism/formalism, reader response theory, psychoanalysis, feminism/gender studies, poststructuralism/deconstruction, postmodernism, politics, ethnic literary and cultural studies, postcolonial theory and transnationalism, as well as 21st century developments in ecocriticsm and and affect / cognitive studies.

Copies of relevant chapters of various approaches will be provided and collected in a digicampus-folder on this website. Students are required to purchase: Terry Eagleton (ed.), Literary Theory: An Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, cont. repr.) and Martin Middeke/Timo Müller/Christina Wald/Hubert Zapf (eds.) English and American Studies (Stuttgart: Metzler, 2012).

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Zeitgesteuerte Anmeldung: HS: Theories and Methods".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 11.10.2023 on 12:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • The enrolment is possible from 04.09.2023, 08:00 to 09.10.2023, 12:00.