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60730-01 - Seminar: Water, Environment and Poetry 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Michaela Frey (michaela.frey@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Not least because of the environmental crisis, water has become a pressing issue of our time: droughts and floods are increasing, and drinking water will become more scarce. The rising field of 'Blue Humanities' engages with the ubiquitous and essential element, exploring water's different forms of coastal, maritime or river worlds. Thus, the 'blue element' currently receives increasing attention in literary studies.
In poetry, water has been a recurrent topic, as it is often seen to mirror the subject’s inner feelings or to supply a source of poetic inspiration. Beyond this, poets have focused on water to reflect on environmental, economic, and colonial. Environmental encounters in and around water in the 'Anthropocene' epitomize the inevitable, sometimes toxic interconnections between the human and the material world. Moreover, bodies of water suggest more 'dynamic' notions of place, and water's continual flow offers poetic metaphors to address the unceasing movements of people, goods or information.
This seminar wants to plunge into the reading of modern and contemporary poetry by poets such as Derek Mahon, Derek Walcott, Alice Oswald, Gillian Clarke, Jen Hadfield and Jorie Graham, asking for its representation of watery spaces and its engagement with environmental concerns in a globalized world.
Beyond close readings and discussions of the poetic texts, the seminar aims to provide an overview of the current theoretical debates in the field of 'Blue Humanities'.
Lernziele Students will acquire knowledge about a current poetic movement and get an overview of nature writing in 20th and 21st century Anglophone poetry; they will gain tools to analyse poetry and practice their close reading skills; students will learn to contextualize the poetic texts.
Literatur Alice Oswald's "Dart" (2002) and Jen Hadfield's "Nigh-No-Place" (2008) should be purchased. The books will be available at the Labyrinth bookstore (Nadelberg 17).

Additional texts will be made available on ADAM.
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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 by sending an email to michaela.frey(at)unibas.ch and via doodle: https://doodle.com/poll/vyk2tnaxw6scsxtq?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link. Don’t forget to sign up via MOnA. Places are limited to 25.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 01.03.2021 – 31.05.2021
Zeit Montag, 10.15-12.00 - Online Präsenz -
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 01.03.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 08.03.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 15.03.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 22.03.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 29.03.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 05.04.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr Ostern
Montag 12.04.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 19.04.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 26.04.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 03.05.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 10.05.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 17.05.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Montag 24.05.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr Pfingstmontag
Montag 31.05.2021 10.15-12.00 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, --
Module Modul: Advanced Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Bachelor Studienfach Englisch)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung - active participation
- oral presentation
- one short written assignment
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