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66060-01 - Seminar: Waiting for the Man: NYC in the 1970s & 1980s 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Christian Hänggi (christian.haenggi@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt With their 1967 debut album (produced by Andy Warhol), The Velvet Underground and German singer Nico anticipated what would harrow and delight New York City’s white cultural scene in the two decades to come: heroin, sadomasochism, gender-fluidity, punk, and pop art aesthetics, much of which eventually took its toll in the AIDS pandemic of the 1980s.

After the dreams of the hippie generation had turn into a nightmare in the late 1960s, a new scene emerged in NYC, a scene which took mutual interest in their respective artistic productions, from literature and poetry to music, painting, photography, and philosophy. One of the behind-the-scenes movers and shakers was a Frenchman, Sylvère Lotringer, who not only introduced America to the writings of philosophers like Deleuze, Guattari, Virilio, Foucault, and Baudrillard but, in 1978, also organized the Nova Convention which brought renewed interest to William S. Burroughs and featured writers from the Beat Generation, musicians like Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson and Frank Zappa, and countercultural figures like LSD guru Timothy Leary.

Through the genres of autobiography, novels, short stories, poetry, and interviews, the seminar will explore many facets of 1970s’ and 1980s’ white literary and cultural scene in New York, introduce students to some of the major works of the time in literature and beyond, discuss the innovations and limits of different forms and styles of writing and the ways literature depicts and describes a metropolis. Some of the readings include explicit passages of sex and violence.

Students are asked to procure a copy of Patti Smith’s autobiography "Just Kids" (2010) and listen to the album "The Velvet Underground & Nico" before the start of the course. Other readings will be made available or announced at the start of the seminar. Except for "Just Kids", the reading list below is only indicative.
Lernziele Students will have received an insight into the multimedial nature of NYC's literary and otherwise cultural production in the 1970s and 1980s, be able to identify some of the artistic networks of the time, recognize the innovations, benefits, and limits of different styles of writing, and have an understanding of the ways in which literature can shape our image of an urban space.
Literatur • Acker, Kathy. 'New York City in 1979' in "Hannibal Lecter, My Father". Semiotext(e), 1991.
• Anderson, Laurie. "Big Science". Warner Brothers Records, 1982. Music album.
• Baudrillard, Jean. "Screened Out". Excerpts. London/New York: Verso, 2002.
• Lotringer, Sylvère. "I Was More American than the Americans". Zürich-Paris-Berlin: Diaphanes, 2021.
• Smith, Patti. "Just Kids". New York: HarperCollins, 2010.
• Smith, Patti, "Horses". Arista Records, 1975. Music album.
• The Velvet Underground & Nico. "The Velvet Underground & Nico". Verve, 1967. Music album.
• Waldman, Anne. "Fast Speaking Woman". San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1975.
• Warhol, Andy. "The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again)". New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975.


Teilnahmebedingungen This seminar is for BA students on the advanced level. Students must have completed ALL three introductory modules (including the proseminar papers).
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz
HörerInnen willkommen


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 23.09.2022 – 23.12.2022
Zeit Freitag, 12.15-14.00 Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 23.09.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 30.09.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 07.10.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 14.10.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 21.10.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 28.10.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 04.11.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 11.11.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 18.11.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 25.11.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Dies Academicus
Freitag 02.12.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 09.12.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 16.12.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 23.12.2022 12.15-14.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Module Modul: Advanced Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Bachelor Studienfach Englisch)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
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