Exercises: Historical Fiction: Reimagining the Past - Details
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Course name Exercises: Historical Fiction: Reimagining the Past
Semester WS 2023/24
Current number of participants 17
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Exercises in category Teaching
First date Friday, 20.10.2023 14:00 - 15:30, Room: (D 1003)
Performance record Portfolio
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
ECTS points 2-4

Rooms and times

(D 1003)
Friday: 14:00 - 15:30, weekly (15x)

Module assignments


Historical Fiction is a genre which utilises prominent figures or events of the past and moves them into a fictionalised realm. In this course we will discuss a multilayered approach to the genre if a work has been written in the past about the past. As the past is inaccessible in its original actuality, or the way it once was, it is a way to engage with history in a creative way. This creative approach enables us to depict a myriad of topics such as war trauma, dealing with difficult historical events, cultural development, class differences, the nature of time, and the Enlightenment. Furthermore, we will look at the problems regarding a clear-cut definition between genres and subgenres, and the aspiration or lack thereof towards historical accuracy in the reception of the genre.

In order to obtain credits students will write an essay and additionally either have to write a thesis paragraph, do a moderation, or a presentation.

Please purchase a copy of the following books:
Ackroyd, Peter - Hawksmoor
Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities
Levy, Andrea - Small Island

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ALW/ELW/NELK: Vertiefungsmodul BA/LA: Ü".
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.
  • 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.