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57151-01 - Seminar: Birds, Bees, and Trees: Literature and the Environment 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Daniela Keller (daniela.keller@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Twenty-first-century fiction and literary criticism show a growing interest in materiality and this seminar will focus on novels, short stories and poems that respond to our physical environment by addressing climate change and/or the human-nonhuman borders. We will investigate how these concerns feature in texts that were written by, primarily, British/English authors and in the 2010s. We will engage with questions such as: How does climate change surface in these texts? How and why do these texts focus on the entanglement between the human and the nonhuman? And how can we combine the global issue of climate change with small-scale interactions between human beings, birds, bees, and trees? We will take a closer look at the ways contemporary fiction engages with the environment and will discuss these through the lenses of animal studies, ecocriticism and new materialism.
Lernziele Students must be willing to read theoretical texts in addition to fiction. We will explore animal studies, ecocritical and new materialist thinking, discuss the politics of literature and practice close reading skills.
Literatur Please purchase and read the following books which will be available at the Labyrinth bookstore (Nadelberg 17):

Royle, Nicholas. "An English Guide to Birdwatching". Myriad, 2017. (ISBN 978-1-908434-94-4)
Cocozza, Paula. "How to Be Human". Windmill Books, 2018. (ISBN 9780099510772)
Lanchester, John. "The Wall". Faber & Faber, 2019. (ISBN 978-0-571-29873-0)

Further reading will be made available on ADAM.
Weblink ADAM


Teilnahmebedingungen This seminar is for BA students on the advanced level who have completed ALL three introductory modules (including the proseminar papers).
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Please register via doodle https://doodle.com/poll/iznxyybgctyse82k and do not forget to sign up via MOnA. The doodle will open on the 31st January, 2020, 9am. Please note that places are limited to 25. Once the course is fully booked, you will need to sign up for one of the department's alternative offerings.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 20.02.2020 – 28.05.2020
Zeit Donnerstag, 14.15-16.00 Nadelberg 6
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 20.02.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 27.02.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 05.03.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Donnerstag 12.03.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 19.03.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 26.03.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 02.04.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 09.04.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ostern
Donnerstag 16.04.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 23.04.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 30.04.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 07.05.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 14.05.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 21.05.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr Auffahrt
Donnerstag 28.05.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Module Modul: Advanced Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Bachelor Studienfach Englisch)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Regular attendance, active participation, and writing assignments.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft