2022 AM Pacific Dreams

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  • Full Title: Pacific Dreams: Colonial Encounters, Culture and Sexuality in the South Seas
  • Modul: ang613 Regional Literatures and Cultures
  • Lecturer: Anna Auguscik
  • Course: 3.02.130
  • Time: Thursday 12-14h
  • Venue: A06 0-009
  • Course Description: [...]

Please, buy and read the following novels:

  • Herman Melville, Typee [1846]. Ed. John Bryant. London: Penguin Classics, 1996.
  • Lily King, Euphoria. London: Picador, 2014.
  • Sia Figiel, Where We Once Belonged [1996] New York: Kaya, 2007.

In addition (or instead of the third novel), you may also choose to work with one from among the following:

  • J.G. Ballard, Rushing to Paradise [1994]. New York and London: Liveright, 2013.
  • Hanya Yanagihara, The People in the Trees [2013]. London: Picador, 2018.
  • Sia Figiel, Freelove. Honolulu, Lo'ihi: 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: Please use the time until the beginning of term to immerse yourself in the reading of the novels. Additional materials for preparation, as well as the detailed syllabus, will be made available here and/or on Stud.IP. There will be a Handapparat in our library.

Week 1: 21 April 2022: Introduction: Maps and/as Representations of the Pacific

  • Welcome: Please read my message under 'Ankündigungen on Stud.IP'; familiarize yourself with the draft syllabus that you find here and note the course requirements for 6 KP:
  • (1) excerpts and textual analysis assignments (upload weekly to Stud.IP)
  • (2) one RPO (upload to Stud.IP by )
  • (3) one seminar paper (12-15 pp), based on the topic of your RPO (upload to Stud.IP and hand in as print version by 15 Sept); or alternatively: one presentation (approx. 10-12 min.) and written outline (approx. 10 pp), based on the topic of your RPO (upload to Stud.IP and hand in as print version by 15 Sept).
  • Reading: excerpts from Simon Winchester, Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators and Fading Empires. New York et al.: HarperCollins, 2015.

Week 2: 28 April 2022: Theory and Methods I

  • Topic: Colonial Encounters and Travel Writing
  • Reading: Mary Louise Pratt, "Introduction". Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation. London and New York: Routledge, 1992. 1-11.
  • Background reading: "Othering" in Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin (eds.). Post-colonial Studies: The Key Concepts [2000]. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Week 3: 5 May 2022: Textual Analysis of Typee

Week 4: 12 May 2022: Critical Perspectives on Typee

  • Topics: Colonial Encounters, Cultural Difference, Sexuality
  • Secondary Reading: Edwards, "Melville's Peep-Show" (1999)
  • Presentation on representation of French colonialists

Week 5: 19 May 2022: Theory and Methods II

  • Topic: Colonial Encounters and Anthropology
  • Reading: Sarah Ahmed, "Knowing Strangers." Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality. London and New York: Routledge, 2000. 55-74.
  • Further reading: Derek Freeman's 1983 critique of Margaret Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa

Week 6: 26 May 2022: no session

Week 7: 2 June 2022: Textual Analysis of Euphoria

Week 8: 9 June 2022: Critical Perspectives on Euphoria I

  • Topics: Colonial Encounters, Cultural Difference, Sexuality
  • Secondary Reading: Diane Losche, "Haunted Anthropologists in Three Novels of Melanesia." Haunted Pacific: Anthropologists Investigate Spectral Apparitions across Oceania. Ed. Roger Iva Lohmann. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2019. 169-189.

Week 9: 16 June 2022: Critical Perspectives on Euphoria II

  • Topics: Colonial Encounters, Cultural Difference, Sexuality
  • Presentations

Week 10: 23 June 2022: Theory and Methods III

  • Topic: Towards an Oceanic Pacific
  • Readings:
  • Epeli Hau'ofa, "Our Sea of Islands". A New Oceania: Rediscovering Our Sea of Islands. Eds. Eric Waddell, Vijay Naidu, and Epeli Hau'ofa. Suva: University of the South Pacific, 1993. 2-17.
  • Matt K. Matsuda, "The Pacific." The American Historical Review 111.3 (2006): 758-780.

Week 11: 30 June 2022: Textual Analysis of Where We Once Belonged

Week 12: 07 July 2022: Critical Perspectives on Where We Once Belonged

  • Topics: Colonial Encounters, Cultural Difference, Sexuality
  • Secondary Reading: tba
  • Presentation
  [Hand in your abstracts for the research papers (i.e. RPO) until 10 July 2022]

Week 13: 14 July 2020: Looking Sideways - Research Perspectives on other Pacific Fiction

  • Topic: Textual Analysis (narration, focalization, character constellation, plot & story, themes & motifs)
  • Primary Literature: Ballard; Figiel; Yanagihara
  • Contexts and presentations tba

Week 14: 21 July 2020: Looking Backward and Forward

  • Feedback on RPOs and discussion of research papers
  • Comments, questions, and feedback on the evaluation
  [Hand in research papers until 15 September 2022]


Primary Reading

  • see above

Secondary and Further Reading

  • Edward Said, "Introduction", in: Orientalism (1978/2003)
  • Mary Louise Pratt, "Introduction: Criticism in the Contact Zone", in: Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (1992)
  • Writing Culture, eds. James Clifford and George Marcus, Berkely: California UP, 1986
  • "Race", Writing and Difference, ed. Henry Louis Gates, Chicago: Chicago UP, 1986
  • Literature and Anthropology, eds. Jonathan Hall and Ackbar Abbas, Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP, 1986.
  • Michael F. Robinson, "Scientific Travel". The Cambridge History of Travel Writing. Eds. Nandini Das and Tim Youngs, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2019.


Rushing to Paradise

  • Müller-Wood, Anja. “’Fire and Rage and Cruelty’: J. G. Ballards faszinierender Blick auf die weibliche Gewalt.” Gewalt, Geschlecht, Fiktion: Gewaltdiskurse und Gender-Problematik in zeitgenössischen englischsprachigen Romanen, Dramen und Filmen. Ed. Susanne Bach. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2009. 205-219. Print.