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Course name Advanced seminar: Baldwin in Context
Course number 022 100 0040
Semester SS 2022
Current number of participants 16
maximum number of participants 20
Home institute Amerikanistik
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
First date Mon., 25.04.2022 17:30 - 19:00, Room: (D, 1003)
Participants Please be aware that this course will be reading intensive since we will read several works by Baldwin + additional academic texts about his work and possibly a few shorter texts by other relevant authors as well.
Performance record To receive credit in this course you will complete a term paper (length will depend on your specific module requirements)
Additionally, in the course you will take over 1-2 smaller tasks such as a structure analysis, poster presentation, or response papers (specifics about tasks will be discussed in the first session)
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Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise Please purchase:

James Baldwin's: Giovanni's Room, Another Country, The Fire Next Time.
These can be ebooks or paperbacks.
ECTS points 8

Course location / Course dates

(D, 1003) Monday: 17:30 - 19:00, weekly (13x)


In this course we will read and discuss various works of author James Baldwin (1924-1987) and the many larger topics his writing speaks to so powerfully, such as justice, power, race, sexuality, violence, exile, and American society.

Baldwin is one of the most crucial American authors of the 20th century and his contemporary relevance for current times is shown by the frequency with which interviews resurface and quotes from his work are circulated. In 2016, the documentary I Am Not Your N*gro illustrated various connections between the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, the forms of oppression Baldwin criticized in writing and in person throughout his life, and the Black Lives Matter Protests of the 2010s.

We will read and discuss a number of fiction and non-fiction texts by Baldwin, such as Another Country, Giovanni’s Room, and The Fire Next Time and consider them in the diverse historical and theoretical contexts in which they are relevant, such as The Harlem Renaissance, The Civil Rights Movement, Racism, Homophobia, Intersectionality …

To get an impression of Baldwin in action watch this video: https://youtu.be/3y6xwH88kpg

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Beschränkte Teilnehmendenanzahl: Baldwin in Context".
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 20.04.2022 on 18:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • The enrolment is possible from 14.03.2022, 08:00 to 18.04.2022, 18:00.