Advanced seminar: HS: Literature and Community - Details
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Course name Advanced seminar: HS: Literature and Community
Semester WS 2022/23
Current number of participants 0
maximum number of participants 20
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
First date Tue., 18.10.2022 15:45 - 17:15, 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

Course location / Course dates

(D 1003) Tuesday: 15:45 - 17:15, weekly (14x)


The etymology of the word community can be traced back to the Latin word "communitas", which means "shared in common and public spirit". Hence, community denotes a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic or a likeness in common. There is no distinct diversity among them; they share common characteristics such as religion, language, caste, age, sex, family and kinship, profession, and, residence. Therefore, homogeneity acts as a core element in a community.

Different from that, a society has a much wider scope in comparison to community. A society is characterized by heterogeneity embracing people having different conflicts and differences. Hence, likenesses, as well as conflicts, exist simultaneously within a society. However, since society is vast, there is every possibility of adjustment and cooperation between people. Furthermore, defined geographic locality is not an essential element for society, unlike for a community.

The seminar will turn to the portrayal of individuals in interaction with society and community. We shall look at specific ways literature can constitute communities of their own in that they interact with their readers. Studying various theories society and community will make us reflect upon the avenues and dead ends of a "literary community."

We shall study the following texts:

Charles Dickens, Hard Times; Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure; James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Ian McEwan, Atonement.

Dickens, Hardy, and Joyce are available as inexpensive Oxford World Classics, McEwan's Atonement is available as an Anchor paperback (ISBN: 978-0385721790).

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Beschränkte Teilnehmendenanzahl: HS: Literature and Community".
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 22.08.2022 bis 31.08.2022 für die Anmeldung geöffnet. Die Verteilung der Plätze erfolgt am 02.09.2022.
Bitte beachten Sie, dass in dieser Anmeldephase Studierende in höheren Fachsemestern bei der Verteilung der Plätze priorisiert werden.
Die allgemeine Anmeldephase beginnt am 05.09.2022 und endet am 10.10.2022.
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The enrolment is possible from 05.09.2022, 08:00 to 10.10.2022, 12:00.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 12.10.2022 on 12:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.