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58873-01 - Forschungsseminar: Eighteenth-Century Sentimentalism 4 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Ladina Bezzola Lambert (ladina.bezzola@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Against all odds, this course has goodness at its heart - don't we all? The focus will be on the eighteenth-century sentimental novel and its doubting affirmation of the milk of human kindness. The wolf, however, is often lurking behind the next corner. Is he perhaps just a sheep in wolf's clothing? Can he be educated and tamed? Eighteenth-century sentimentalism might be seen as the bourgeois response to the the notion of 'homo homini lupus' ('man is a wolf to man') that justifies a protective Absolutism. If men and women are to trust each other, they need to build on or build up morals. - Are these innate in human nature (if perhaps in need of restoration) or can they be gained through education? How about the communicability of emotions and the possibility truly to know others and ourselves? Such questions are addressed by 18th-century moral philosophers and the novelists whose works will be studied in this course. Moral sentiments get easily cloying and hypocritical when presented with self-righteous smugness. The fine sense of humour and the radical originality that characterizes some of these novels offers better protection against satire and the inky sneers of aristocratic libertines like the Marquis de Sade, though perhaps at the cost of moral certainty.
Lernziele This course offers an opportunity to delve into the complicated social world of the eighteenth century and feel its trembling heart.
Literatur Samuel Richardson, "Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded" (1740) [recommended: Oxford World Classics edition]; Henry Mackenzie, "The Man of Feeling" (1771): [rec.: OWC ed.]; Laurence Sterne, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" (1759-67): in excerpts (provided); Sterne, "A Sentimental Journey" (1768): [rec.: OWC or Penguin ed.]; Tobias Smollett, "Humphrey Clinker" (1771) [rec.: OWC ed.]; Elizabeth Inchbald, "A Simple Story" (1791) [rec.: OWC ed.]; Jane Austen, "Sense and Sensibility" (1795/1811) [rec.: OWC ed.]; Marquis de Sade, "Justine, or The Misfortunes of Virtue" (1791): in excerpts (provided); other texts provided on ADAM.
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Teilnahmebedingungen Open only to MA and PhD students
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 15.09.2020 – 15.12.2020
Zeit Dienstag, 08.30-10.00 Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 15.09.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 22.09.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 29.09.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 06.10.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 13.10.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 20.10.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 27.10.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 03.11.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 10.11.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 17.11.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 24.11.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 01.12.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 08.12.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Dienstag 15.12.2020 08.30-10.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Module Modul: Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Master Studienfach Englisch)
Modul: Literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Forschung (Master Studiengang Literaturwissenschaft)
Modul: Research in Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Master Studienfach Englisch)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Regular attendance, presentation, 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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