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48670-01 - Seminar: Writing Under Obama: African-American Fiction and Non-Fiction of the 2010s 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Philipp Schweighauser (ph.schweighauser@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This seminar explores a variety of African-American writings, both fictional and non-fictional, published since 2010, in the decade that saw the first black President of the United States. Claudia Rankine's "Citizen: An American Lyric" (2014) is a genre-bending, award-winning text that mixes poetry, the essay, and images to explore the reality of race in the United States, from microaggressions to racial incidents in the career of Serena Williams, to the killing by a neighborhood watchman of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote "Between the World and Me" (2015) following a meeting with sitting U.S. President Barack Obama. Penned as an angry letter to his teenage son, Coates, a prolific journalist for "The Atlantic", explores the ongoing history of violence against African-Americans, drawing on his own experience to inquire into what it means to inhabit a black male body in the United States. Published near the beginning of the decade, Teju Cole's second novel "Open City" (2011) is a much less angry text that for the most part follows its protagonist Julius's dreamlike walks through New York City, a city that the half-Nigerian, half-German immigrant encounters as a multiracial space. Major writer Colson Whitehead's novel "The Underground Railroad" (2016) takes us back into the nation's past to reimagine the underground railroad, the network safe houses and secret routes that 19th c. African-American slaves used to escape into free states, as an actual subway. Our seminar will explore the diverse ways in which these texts by African-Americans comment both on the U.S. past and on the state of the nation presided over by 'one of their own', Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.
Lernziele Students learn about the wide variety of African-American fictional and non-fictional responses to a decade in American history that is marked by the first black presidency.
Literatur Claudia Rankine's "Citizen: An American Lyric" (2014), Ta-Nehisi Coates's "Between the World and Me" (2015), Teju Cole's "Open City" (2011), and Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" (2016) must be purchased and read before the semester begins. We will start with "Citizen: An American Lyric". Copies of all books have been ordered at Labyrinth bookstore. You might want to consider supporting your local bookstore.
Bemerkungen Note that this seminar relates to my lecture course "American Literature Survey IV/IV: Postmodernism and Contemporary" (30496-01).
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Teilnahmebedingungen This course if open to students of English who have passed all three BA introductory modules. Max. 25 students.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Register on https://services.unibas.ch.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 21.09.2022 – 21.12.2022
Zeit Mittwoch, 10.15-12.00 Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 21.09.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Mittwoch 28.09.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Mittwoch 05.10.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Mittwoch 12.10.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Mittwoch 19.10.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Mittwoch 26.10.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Mittwoch 02.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Mittwoch 09.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Mittwoch 16.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Mittwoch 23.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Mittwoch 30.11.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Mittwoch 07.12.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Mittwoch 14.12.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Mittwoch 21.12.2022 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Module Modul: Advanced Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Bachelor Studienfach Englisch)
Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung course readings, regular attendance, 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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