Lehrveranstaltungen im Sommersemester 2012

S Speaking Up: African-American Women in their Own Words

apl. Prof. Dr. Sabina Matter-Seibel

Kurzname: 06.008.093
Kursnummer: 06.008.093

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Class can be used in the following modules:
o BA "Kultur- oder Sprach-/Translationswissenschaft: Variante
Kulturwissenschaft"
o BA "Kulturwissenschaft 2"

Inhalt

African American women have been called a double minority, disadvantaged in terms of race and gender. Their struggle against vicissitudes was often silent. In times of slavery they could not put the abuse of the slave women by the master into words without alienating abolitionists and loosing self-respect. During the Harlem Renaissance they struggled to find their voice, but were often told that they did not belong. In the Civil Rights Movement they were indicted if they dared to call for gender equality. Today they struggle to escape the image of the welfare mom.
Finding a voice was and is an important part of the process of emancipation from race and gender restrictions. We will trace this process through writings by African American women from slave narratives to fiction, letters, essays and articles.

During the break, please buy and read these three novels:
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
Alice Walker, The Color Purple (1982)

It is essential that you read the three novels during the break, you will not be able to handle the reading load during the semester. The other texts will be collected in a reader and can be picked up at the beginning of the term.

Your work in this seminar will encompass the assignments listed below:
o participation in class discussions
o preparation of one class session (in collaboration with a group of 2-3 students) including a handout summarizing the most important points
o a written paper on your individual topic to be submitted, at the latest, on August 15, 2012.

Termine:

Datum (Wochentag)UhrzeitOrt
19.04.2012 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
26.04.2012 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
03.05.2012 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
10.05.2012 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
24.05.2012 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
31.05.2012 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
14.06.2012 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
21.06.2012 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
28.06.2012 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
05.07.2012 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
12.07.2012 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
19.07.2012 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude

Semester: SoSe 2012