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Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies I - Einzelansicht

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Veranstaltungsnummer 093933 Kurztext
Semester WS 2013/14 SWS 2
Erwartete Teilnehmer/-innen Studienjahr
Max. Teilnehmer/-innen 440
Credits Belegung Belegpflicht
Sprache englisch
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Fr. 08:00 bis 10:00 Einzel am 18.10.2013 Johannisstr. 12-20 - Audi Max    

Dies ist ein Klausurtermin (Wiederholungsprüfung) für die Teilprüfung Literature and Culture.

  • 18.10.2013
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Fr. 12:00 bis 14:00 woch Johannisstr. 12-20 - Audi Max        
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Zugeordnete Personen Zuständigkeit
Stein, Mark, Prof. Dr. verantwort
Stroh, Silke, Dr. verantwort
Abschluss - Studiengang Sem ECTS Bereich Teilgebiet
Bachelor (2-Fach) - Anglistik / Amerikanistik (B2 941 7) -
Bachelor HRSGe - Englisch (LH 049 11) -
Bachelor Grundschulen - Englisch (LG 049 11) -
Bachelor Berufskollegs - Englisch (LF 049 11) -
Zwei-Fach-Bachelor - Anglistik / Amerikanistik (L2 941 11) -
Prüfungen / Module
Prüfungsnummer Modul
11001 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies I + Independent Study Group - Zwei-Fach-Bachelor Anglistik/Amerikanistik Version 2011
11001 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies I + Independent Study Group - Bachelor Berufskollegs Englisch Version 2011
11001 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies I - Bachelor Grundschulen Englisch Version 2011
11001 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies I - Bachelor HRSGe Englisch Version 2011
11001 GK Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft I - Bachelor (2-Fach) Anglistik/Amerikanistik Version 2007
Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen
Fachbereich 09 Philologie
Englisches Seminar

Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies is a two-part course running over two semesters.

Part I (winter semester) is a lecture course which addresses such questions as: What exactly do we mean when we speak of “literature” and “culture”? For instance, does all literature have to be written, or can it also include oral storytelling, performance poetry, and theatre productions? Does literature proper only include ‘serious’ and complex works of art to be enjoyed by an educated minority, or does it also include popular bestsellers written for a mass market and achieving mainly entertainment? Is the distinction between ‘high culture’ and ‘low culture’ useful? What are the purposes and problems of such distinctions? What is the role of literature and other cultural products in society? How have these concepts changed over time? Are they the same everywhere in the world? And how does representation in print literature differ from representation in other media, such as photography, film, or the internet?

How do we approach literature and culture as critics, how do we study them academically? How have literary and cultural studies developed over time? Which methods, theories, and approaches are currently important in this field?

We will also discuss the problems of canon formation, uses of literary history, the ways in which cultural representations (e.g. in literature, visual art, or the media) shape our perception of ‘reality’, and how culture reflects, cements, or subverts existing power structures in society. Approaches which explore these issues include new historicism, Marxism (concerning class), postcolonialism (concerning race and multiculturalism), feminism (concerning gender), and ecocriticism (concerning the relationship between human beings and the natural environment).

Part II (summer semester) will focus on the ways in which these broader theoretical, methodological, and historical considerations can be usefully applied to literature and other media. This requires analytical tools and methods such as genre theory and narratology. This will be illustrated by examples from a variety of primary texts.


Our main text book for this course is:

Berensmeyer, Ingo. Literary Theory: An Introduction to Approaches, Methods and Terms. Stuttgart: Klett, 2009.

All students should possess a copy of this book. It is, for instance, available at the Rosta bookshop (Aegidiistr.12 or at rosta-online.kommbuch.com

All other course texts will be made available via an electronic course platform on Learnweb. Students will receive an invitation to this platform at the start of term.


The first session takes place on 18 October. All students should attend this session, even if their online registration is not yet completed.

In addition to attending the weekly lectures of this course, all students in BA-2fach or BK programmes require an Independent Study Group (ISG). (This is not the same as a tutorial!) Each ISG consists of 4–6 students and is organised by the students themselves. Each ISG meets once a week, without a teacher, and at a place of their own choice. The ISGs are expected to read and discuss several texts in addition to the weekly reading assignment given to all lecture students. ISG students also do an additional assignment (Studienleistung - details to be announced in the lecture course & its online learning platform).

The tutorials, by contrast, are optional (participation voluntary) and open to all students. Tutorials are smaller classes which supplement the lecture. They are taught by students from higher semesters. Tutorials also meet once a week. They allow students to ask more detailed questions about the materials taught in the lecture, and practice the application of their new skills on exemplary primary texts.

Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WS 2013/14 , Aktuelles Semester: WiSe 2022/23