Advanced seminar: First Ladies - Details
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Subtitle Vertretung Frau Sarkowsky: Stefanie Schäfer
Course number 019 111 0007
Semester SS 2020
Current number of participants 19
expected number of participants 35
Home institute Amerikanistik
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
First date Wed , 22.04.2020 10:00 - 11:30, Room: (D, 1003)
Pre-requisites Requirements include regular and active participation and preparatory readings as well as an oral presentation and a final term paper due Sept 15, 2020. The class materials will be made available to students via the e-learning platform. Please purchase a copy of Michelle Obama’s Becoming.
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Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch

Course location / Course dates

(D, 1003) Wednesday: 10:00 - 11:30, weekly (14x)

Module assignments


”Pillow power”; ”ornamental part of the presidency”, ”symbol of American womanhood” are among the many controversial labels assigned to the First Lady of the US by the few scholarly studies in existence. She is not elected, but expected to reside at the center of the executive branch. She may assume the roles of hostess and mother, interior designer, or public advocate, but she may never meddle in the realm of politics. And yet, the First Lady ‘office’ holds the potential of becoming an influencer, style icon, activist—and even politician.
This course discusses the changing views of the First Lady in the US literature and culture by examining American Presidentialism, the cult of domesticity, and the FLOTUS personas that built an ever-changing national fantasy. We will illuminate ”FLOTUS” through a number of literary texts, films, and plays and discuss them in light of civil religion, celebrity studies, and visual culture to assess the public personas different First Ladies have developed in the White House. Case studies include the Michelle Obama-craze, Hillary Clinton, Jackie Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Students attending this seminar will automatically alloted to the corresponding Übung "American Feminism" (Wed, 5.30 - 7 pm, D 2003) for the modules EAS-1854 and EAS-1781 / 1782 / 1783. Please make sure to keep that time slot free.

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