Lehrveranstaltungen im Sommersemester 2014

HS Walter Scott's Romantic Ideas of History: Ivanhoe & Waverley

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Peter Müller

Kurzname: 06.008.0508
Kursnummer: 06.008.0508

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

This class is for advanced students only. In addition to this formal prerequisite, it is absolute necessary that students have already read the novels before the term begins!

Inhalt

Walter Scott is by far the best-known Scottish writer all over the world. For many people, the historic novel began with him. This genre is regarded as typical of modern life, dealing with human experiences and the question to what extent human beings can influence their lives and thus shape history. We'll find out how Scott fits into this context by examining two of his most popular novels, texts you will have heard of and already seen on screen. How do they present history, and which roles do human beings have in this process? Ivanhoe (1820) enhanced the Romantic interest in the Saxon and Norman Middle Ages, but what has it got to do with Scottish history? Waverley (1814), on the other hand, is regarded as a key text on significant changes in Scottish life. Is there a National Romanticism at work in Scott that was fairly widespread in Europe at that time, or does he write in a uniquely Scottish way about history? In the process of finding out how history is presented, we will learn much about both history and novel writing, about this Scottish novelist and his views on the country he lived in, as well as about effective usage of the English language and difficulties in translating these texts.
The focus in this class is on cultural studies and literary translation. Students thus can obtain the respective certificates.

Empfohlene Literatur

Texts: Scott, Ivanhoe, Oxford 2008 (Oxford World's Classics), edited by Ian Duncan with a good introduction, Scott's as well as the editor's notes. Scott, Waverley, London: Penguin 2011 (Penguin Classics), ed. by P. D. Garside, introduction by Ian Duncan.
You do need these inexpensive print editions for this class. Anything else is not accepted.
Recommended reading: Duncan, Ian, Modern Romance and Transformations of the Novel: The Gothic, Scott, Dickens, Cambridge 1992; Duncan, Ian, Scott's Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh, Princeton 2007; Fleishman, Avrom, The English Historical Novel: Walter Scott to Virginia Woolf, Baltimore 1971; Lukács, Georg, Der historische Roman, Berlin 1955; Lukács, Georg, The Historical Novel, Harmondsworth 1969; Lukács, Georg, Die Theorie des Romans, Darmstadt 4th ed. 1977; Trenscenyi, Balazs / Michal Kopecek (eds.), National Romanticism: The Formation of National Movements, Budapest 2006; Walter Scott Digital Archive (http://www.walterscott.lib.ed.ac.uk/home.html).
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Kurzbeschreibung:
Make sure...

Beschreibung:
Make sure you've read the texts we'll look into very carefully before sessions begin. I'll ask you in the first week which of them you want to start with. So bring along both! Their chronological order would make sense, but the other way round is also possible. This class – like all other similar classes – expects you to participate actively each week (the prerequisite for studying efficiently), to give a short presentation of 10 to 15 minutes, and then to write a term paper (of 18-20 pages). I'll send you a list of topics for your short presentation next week for you to choose from, and I'm looking forward to meeting you soon and to discuss intriguing texts in different media.

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Termine:

Datum (Wochentag)UhrzeitOrt
22.04.2014 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
29.04.2014 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
06.05.2014 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
13.05.2014 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
20.05.2014 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
27.05.2014 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
03.06.2014 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
10.06.2014 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
17.06.2014 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
24.06.2014 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
08.07.2014 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
15.07.2014 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
22.07.2014 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude

Semester: SoSe 2014