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71066-01 - Seminar: The Beats 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2024
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Daniel Ortiz (daniel.ortiz@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt The 1950s in the United States are popularly remembered as an era of peace, suburbia, and conformity, but they also saw a distinctive style of rebellion in the group of writers that became known as the Beat Generation. The term ‘beat’ had many meanings: being defeated or broken down; keeping upbeat and happy; the beats making up musical meter, especially jazz; even the beatific visions of a new religious consciousness. Most of all the Beats were a group of friends living, writing, and dying together. Our class will approach the Beats as a literary movement through reading three main works by its three central personalities: Allen Ginsberg’s "Howl and Other Poems", William S. Burroughs’ "Naked Lunch", and Jack Kerouac’s "On the Road". In addition we will read selections including minor Beats from the movement’s inception in New York, later contributors in San Francisco and other regions of America, and the involvement of women and African American writers. Throughout we will be concerned with a number of major themes: the possibilities and fate of the Beats as a counter-culture; the image of America and Americanness presented in their work; the liberatory and destructive potentials of drug use and free sexuality; physical and spiritual quests; left-wing and right-wing political allegiances; new developments in prose writing such as ‘spontaneous’ prose; and their relation with subsequent counter-cultures such as the Beatniks and the Hippies.
Lernziele Students will gain a familiarity with the major works of the Beats as well as their place within broader post-war American literature.
Literatur Please purchase the following texts in their respective editions, available at the Labyrinth Bookstore:

- "Howl and Other Poems", Allen Ginsberg (City Lights).
- "Naked Lunch", William S. Burroughs (Penguin).
- "On the Road", Jack Kerouac (Penguin).

All other texts will be uploaded 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 sign up via services.unibas.ch and by e-mail to daniel.ortiz@unibas.ch. Places are limited to 25.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch


Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
wöchentlich Freitag 10.15-12.00 Nadelberg 6, Raum 11


Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 01.03.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 08.03.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 15.03.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 22.03.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 29.03.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Ostern
Freitag 05.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 12.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 19.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 26.04.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 03.05.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 10.05.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Auffahrt
Freitag 17.05.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 24.05.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Freitag 31.05.2024 10.15-12.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Module Modul: Advanced Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Bachelor Studienfach: Englisch)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Besides attendance and active participation, students will write a short 500 word personal response to the readings (details will be announced in class on the syllabus).
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