2019-20 Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature

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Please note: The ang070 module consists of

  • a seminar (S/Ü "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature", offered in the current winter term),
  • a tutorial (TUT "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature" [aka "Research Methods"], offered in the current winter term),
  • a seminar (S/Ü "Key Concepts in Cultural Studies", offered in the following summer term), and
  • a lecture (VL "Historical Background and Critical Concepts", offered in the following summer term).

All students beginning in the winter term 2019/20 need to enroll in one of the tutorials called TUT "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature" (aka "Reasearch Methods"), AND in a seminar S/Ü "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature" in ang070. Registration is via Stud.IP.

On this page you will find detailed information on the ten courses of our seminar S/Ü "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature".


Courses: S/Ü "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature"

  • 3.02.040 - Anton Kirchhofer - Thu, 10:00-12:00 Room A01 0-010b
  • 3.02.041 - Michaela Keck - Wed, 16:00-18:00 Room A14 1-113
  • 3.02.042 - Michaela Keck - Thu, 08:00-10:00 Room V02 0-003
  • 3.02.043 - Michaela Keck - Thu, 10:00-12:00 Room A14 1-113
  • 3.02.044 - Anna Auguscik- Fri, 08:00-10:00 Room A01 0-010a
  • 3.02.045 - Anna Auguscik - Thu, 08:00-10:00 Room A01 0-010b
  • 3.02.046 - Christian Lassen- Thu, 12:00-14:00 Room V03 0-D003
  • 3.02.047 - Christian Lassen - Fri, 10:00-12:00 Room A05 1-159
  • 3.02.048 - Alena Cicholewski - Fri, 08:00-10:00 Room A13 0-028
  • 3.02.049 - Alena Cicholewski - Fri, 12:00-14:00 Room: A14 0-030
  • 3.02.050 - Michal Musialowski - Thu, 08:00-10:00 Room: V04 1-146

S/Ü "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature" Course Outline "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature"

Revision: Ü "Revision Course"

Ü "Revision Course" Course Outline "Revision Course"

Tutorials: TUT "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature"

  • 3.02.056 - Tutorin: Antonia Schepers - Mon, 18:00-20:00 Room: k.A.
  • 3.02.057 - Tutor: Richard Ott - Tue, 18:00-20:00 Room: k.A.
  • 3.02.058 - Tutor: Johannes Pütter - Wed, 18:00-20:00 Room: k.A.
  • 3.02.059 - Tutorin: Lea Behrens - Thu, 18:00-20:00 Room: k.A.
  • 3.02.060 - Tutor: Matthias Himstedt - Tue, 08:00-10:00 Room: k.A.
  • 3.02.061 - Tutorin: Miriam Goy - Wed, 08:00-10:00 Room: k.A.
  • 3.02.062 - Tutorin: Rebecca Käpernick - Thu, 08:00-10:00 Room: k.A.
  • 3.02.063 - Tutorin: Katherine Jennifer Hemken - Mon, 08:00-10:00 Room: k.A.
  • 3.02.064 - Tutor: Simon Freisem - Wed, 18:00-20:00 Room: k.A.
  • 3.02.065 - Tutorin: Clara Sophie Schenck - Thu, 18:00-20:00 Room: k.A.

TUT "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature" Course Outline "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature"

This seminar is part of the Basismodul ang070 and focuses on techniques of textual analysis in the context of discussing literature. We are offering ten parallel courses. Please make sure that you are registered under ONE of these in Stud.IP.

All parallel courses have a common structure. The texts for our courses will come from a common pool, though each course may focus on different text passages.

The "analytical tools" will be presented by the lecturers (on a handout) in each meeting. The additional reading from which these 'tools' are taken is not obligatory, and it can be done either before or after each session.

Both the texts and the other materials will be made accessible to you electronically (cf. the links below). In addition you will need to purchase two books:

  • Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. Ed. Virginia Mason Vaughan and Alden T. Vaughan. Arden Shakespeare, third series. London: Bloomsbury, 2011.
  • Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. Ed. Paul B. Armstrong. New York and London: Norton, 2016.

Course work: You will be asked to write three ungraded exercise assignments (max. 3 pages) and produce a Research Paper Outline 'Plus' (RPOplus), consisting of a research paper outline and a problem-oriented sample analysis (6 pages, due on February 28). The assignments are to be formatted according to the style sheet, and will require you to analyse poetry, drama and fiction respectively. For the RPOplus you will need to find your own topic to work on, document the preliminary work (this includes finding an appropriate title, writing a paragraph on the state of the art of your problem and one that describes your problem and your goal, and presenting a tentative table of contents as well as a short bibliography) and write up a formal and genre-specific analysis of a passage that fits in with the research question and thesis statement put forward in your RPO.


Two useful links for all assignments:


Session One, October 16/17/18: Introduction

Welcome

Analytical Tools

Texts

Skills and Activities

Preliminaries for seminar communication.

Session Two, October 23/24/25: Analysing Poetry I: Poetic Conventions, Rhyme and Metre

Analytical Tools

Texts

Skills and Activities

Structural approach to poetry: communicative situation, themes, metrics and language. Acquire a basic checklist of what to look (first) for in a poem. Recapitulate the basics of metrics and rhyme patterns. Recognise the features of a particular genre and genre conventions: the sonnet.

Session Three, October 30/November 01: Recap

October 31: NO CLASS - Please join the Wednesday or Friday Groups

Session Four, November 06/07/08: Analysing Poetry II: Figurative Speech

Analytical Tools

Texts

Skills and Activities

Figurative language, interplay. Spot metaphors, similes, etc. the metric pattern and valorise the points where it is broken. Reinforce basic checklist of previous week. Analyse particular features of poetic language (figures of speech, metrical effects).

    Assignment I: Poetry
    Sample Solution Assignment I: Poetry

Session Five, November 13/14/15: Analysing Drama I: Rhetoric

Analytical Tools

Texts

  • William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Skills and Activities

A speech from the Shakespeare play

Session Six, November 20/21/22: Analysing Drama II: Dramatic Communication and Plot Structure

Analytical Tools

Texts

  • William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Skills and Activities

Dramatic Structures and Communication; Exposition.

Session Seven, November 27/28/29: Analysing Drama III: Characterisation

Analytical Tools

Texts

  • William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Skills and Activities

Characters and Genre Aspects.

[Assignment II: Drama]
[Sample solution assignment II: Drama]

Session Eight, December 04/05/06: Critical Debate and Literary Theory I

Material

Texts

Skills and Activities

Theory and Critical Discussion. Secondary Material.

Session Nine, December 11/12/13: Analysing Fiction I: Narration and Focalisation

Analytical Tools

Texts

  • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Skills and Activities

Narration, Focalization.

Session Ten, December 18/19/20: Analysing Fiction II: Characterisation

Analytical Tools

Texts

  • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Skills and Activities

Characterisation.

Session Eleven, January 08/09/10: Analysing Fiction III: From Close Reading to Problem-Oriented Textual Analysis

Analytical Tools

Texts

  • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Skills and Activities

Close Reading

  [Assignment III: Fiction]
  [Sample Solution Assignment III: Fiction]

Session Twelve, January 15/16/17: Critical Debate and Literary Theory II

Material

Texts

Homework

  • What kind of RPO+ would precede this kind of secondary text? While reading the text, deduce and reconstruct the parts relevant to an RPO+: (1) research problem, (2) thesis statement, (3) state of research, (4) argumentative structure.

Skills and Activities

Theory and Critical Discussion. Secondary Material.

Session Thirteen, January 22/23/24: Recap

Assignments Poetry, Drama, Fiction

Session Fourteen, January 29/30/31: RPO Projects

Skills and Activities

Brief Report on 'Work in Progress': Your Term Paper Projects

     Assignment IV: RPOplus