Registration Period: 18.02.2019-03.03.2019
During the first half of the nineteenth century, an expanding literary market provided new vocational opportunities for women as well as increasing financial opportunities for authors. However, dichotomous conceptualizations of gender not only sought to prescribe women's position within American society, but were also projected onto their writing. Such stereotypes were often accompanied by a depreciation of women's literary output that shaped critical responses to nineteenth-century women's writing until well into the twentieth century. Female writers who did not fit neatly into the Anglo-American mainstream faced additional difficulties in establishing themselves as writers and were often subject to marginalization.
And yet, the field of literary production also provided women of different social and ethnic origins with the opportunity to challenge binary logics and stereotypes. In this seminar, we will discuss the contributions of nineteenth-century American women writers to U.S. American literature by placing them within national and transnational literary movements and genres as well as the social and cultural contexts of their writing, including the race, class, and gender discourses of their time.
Please purchase the following novels (preferably the edition indicated):
Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Hope Leslie; Or, Early Times in the Massachusetts (1827), Penguin, 1998 (ISBN: 978-0140436761).
Elizabeth Stoddard, The Morgesons (1862), Penguin, 1997 (ISBN: 978-0140436518) (alternatively, the edition by Pennsylvania University Press: 978-0812211702).
We will discuss Hope Leslie from April 25 onwards. The Morgesons is scheduled for late June. Please make sure that you have completed reading the respective novel for the first day of discussion as indicated on the syllabus (there may be a quiz). If there are difficulties obtaining Hope Leslie, please let me know - we might do a bulk order in Great Britain or the U.S.
Intensive Auseinandersetzung mit der von der Lehrperson benannten Primär- und Sekundärliteratur durch aktive und regelmäßige Mitarbeit (z.B. Arbeitsgruppen, Impulsreferate oder Präsentationen) in der Lehrveranstaltung oder durch von der Lehrperson festzulegende Ersatzleistungen wie z.B. Klausur oder mündliche Prüfung.
ANG-F-C3A und C, ANG-G-C3A und C
MEd (EN1; M-ENG2, M-ENG5, M-ENG8), MA: A/A (LIT 1, LIT 2), Kombi-MA (Z LIT, Z LIT 1a, Z Lit 1b), AVL