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Exoticism, Madness, and Migration - Einzelansicht

Veranstaltungsart Lektürekurs Langtext
Veranstaltungsnummer 095260 Kurztext
Semester SS 2014 SWS 2
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Max. Teilnehmer/-innen 20
Credits Belegung Belegpflicht
Sprache englisch
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Mo. 14:00 bis 16:00 woch Johannisstr. 12-20 - ES 202        
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Kögler, Caroline, Priv.-Doz. Dr. verantwort
Abschluss - Studiengang Sem ECTS Bereich Teilgebiet
Master - National and Transnational Studies: Literature, Culture, Language (88 992 0) -
Master - National and Transnational Studies: Literature, Culture, Language (88 992 7) -
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Fachbereich 09 Philologie

The exotic is not an inherent quality to be found 'in' certain people, objects, or places; instead, exoticism can be seen as a system of perception that renders people, objects, and places strange and mysterious, while – at the same time – it domesticates them: they become familiar in the exotic sensation that they induce, but at the same time, this sensation itself requires that they be kept at a distance, and controlled. (Huggan 2001) The exotic can be seen, then, as a socio-cultural and even political mechanism that structures and organises encounters with otherness and posits otherness as alluring, but also potentially dangerous. Madness has often been treated in colonial and postcolonial novels as such a form of dangerous otherness, as a case of difference gone the wrong way, or gone too far (i.e. beyond control). Madness has further been topical where the internalisation of colonial discourse and its exoticising gaze has been addressed (e.g. as traumatic), whilst self-exoticism has also been shown to offer an opportunity for self-empowerment. In this context, migration across geographical and socio-cultural borders posits a unique chance to encounter the relativity – if not the pathological element – of such forms of categorization and perception: exoticism and madness (pathologized difference). Because migration – or even thinking about migration – potentially shakes the very foundations on which narratives of socio-cultural superiority are build, considering such an opportunity has often resulted in colonial paranoia, and, in turn, in being pathologized.

In this reading class, we explore these relationships by engaging with the following novels:

Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North

Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea

J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians

Students are also expected to know Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre as a background text for Wide Sargasso Sea.


There will be a quiz in the first session to ensure that you have done your reading.

Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester SS 2014 , Aktuelles Semester: WiSe 2022/23