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230488 "I Would Prefer Not To": American Short Stories in the 19th and 20th Century (S) (WiSe 2019/2020)

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In this seminar, we will discuss the short story, one of the most popular and characteristic US American literary genres. Going back to a long tradition of short narratives, the short story gained momentum in the 19th century with increasing literacy, the development of literary journals and the mass circulation of texts. It is in this context that pioneers like Edgar Allen Poe started to theoretically institutionalize the form by formulating formal and stylistic criteria that should be indicative for the genre's further development. Tracing the short story's genealogy in the United States, we will read and critically discuss exemplary texts by "classical" short story authors like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allen Poe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Stephen Crane, and Herman Melville, as well as 20th century authors writing from increasingly diverse positions such as James Baldwin, Joyce Carol Oates, Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Adichie, Sandra Cisneros, or Kristen Roupenian. In these seminar, we will examine how the texts deal with individual and collective consciousness, border experiences and different forms of crisis. The seminar will further engage with theoretical approaches to the short story and its analysis. Students should have completed the "Analyzing" course to successfully participate in this class.

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Students should have completed the "Analyzing" course to successfully participate in this class.


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wöchentlich Di 14:00-16:00 U2-113 14.10.2019-31.01.2020


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Modul Veranstaltung Leistungen  
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Credit Requirements:
• Regular attendance
• Thorough knowledge of texts; hand in 3 response papers on chosen texts
• Participation in in-class discussions
• In a group, facilitate one session through presentations and application/activities

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