Introductory seminar course: Magical Realism - Details
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General information

Course name Introductory seminar course: Magical Realism
Semester WS 2023/24
Current number of participants 25
maximum number of participants 20
Home institute Neuere Englische Literaturen und Kulturwissenschaft
Courses type Introductory seminar course in category Teaching
First date Monday, 23.10.2023 10:00 - 11:30, Room: (D, 2122)
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch

Rooms and times

(D, 2122)
Monday: 10:00 - 11:30, weekly (14x)
Monday, 12.02.2024 10:00 - 11:30

Module assignments


Magical realism is a literary genre that illustrates a realistic vision of the world undercut by elements of magic. The aim of this course is to examine the origins and the development of magical realism from its first definition by Franz Roh (magischer Realismus – magic realism) to the current understanding of the concept. Marked by its playful blending of the fantastic and the real, authorial reticence, and thematic hybridity, magical realism has served as a vehicle for social and cultural commentary. We will examine the most prominent characteristics of the genre and its implications and consider the position of magical realism in the literary landscape of the 21st century.

Students are asked to obtain and read the following novels:
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013) by Neil Gaiman
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) by Junot Diaz

All other course materials will be provided via Digicampus.

For the two-course-modules EAS-1411 and EAS-1414, this PS is to be combined with the Ü “Narrative Analysis: Contemporary Short Fiction” (Corvin Bittner).

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ALW/ELW/NELK: Aufbaumodul BA/LA: PS".
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.
  • Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 09.10.2023 on 15:15. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
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