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53969-01 - Forschungsseminar: History of the Essay: From Montaigne to Coates 4 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Philipp Schweighauser (ph.schweighauser@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Literary, scholarly, opinionated, and often deeply personal, the essay is an iridescent genre that takes on a multiplicity of shapes and colors yet is often assigned but a negative label: non-fiction. This graduate seminar invites students to enjoy the verbal virtuosity and discuss the pointed arguments of major essays penned across centuries and nations: from Michel de Montaigne's blistering critique of colonialism in "Of Cannibals" (c. 1580) to Ta-Nehisi Coates's reckoning with Donald J. Trump in "The First White President" (2017). Along the way, we will encounter Virginia Woolf's feverish "On Being Ill" (1926), George Orwell’s deeply ambivalent reflections on his own role in British colonialism in "Shooting an Elephant" (1936), and James Baldwin's searing The Fire Next Time (1963), whose lessons on race relations in the United States resonate powerfully today. We will also read and discuss a few texts - essays themselves - that seek to capture the nature of this elusive yet exciting genre, among them Theodor W. Adorno's "The Essay as Form" (1958).
Lernziele To provide students with an overview of major essays from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century; to gain an understanding of the various forms essayists have used across centuries and nations.
Literatur Virginia Woolf's "Selected Essays", George Orwell's "Facing Unpleasant Facts", James Baldwin's "The Fire Next Time", and Ta-Nehisi Coates's "We Were Eight Years in Power" should be read before the beginning of the term. We will proceed chronologically and start with Woolf. The Labyrinth bookstore on Nadelberg 17 has copies for sale. Consider supporting a local bookstore. Additional texts are made available on ADAM.

 

Teilnahmebedingungen This MA course is a research seminar for MA students, PhD candidates, and post-docs.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Weblink ADAM
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 19.02.2019 – 28.05.2019
Zeit Dienstag, 10.15-12.00 Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 19.02.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 26.02.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 05.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 12.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Dienstag 19.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 26.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 02.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 09.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 16.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 23.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 30.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 07.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 14.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 21.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 28.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Module Modul: Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Master Studienfach Englisch)
Modul: Literaturgeschichte (Master Studiengang Literaturwissenschaft)
Modul: Research in Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Master Studienfach Englisch)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung no more than two absences, weekly readings, active participation
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft

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