Lehrveranstaltungen im Wintersemester 2010/11

Hauptseminar/Seminar (kw) The Prairies: History and Myth-Making in the United States and Canada

apl. Prof. Dr. Sabina Matter-Seibel

Kurzname: 06.008.510
Kursnummer: 06.008.510

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Dieses Seminar kann belegt werden von:

- Studierenden im BA, Modul "KW oder STW: Variante KW"
- Studierenden im MA SKT, Modul "KW oder STW: Variante KW" oder im Wahlpflichtbereich oder im Schwerpunkt Area Studies
- Studierenden im MA KD, Modul "KW"
- Diplomstudierenden als Hauptseminar KW

Inhalt

The Prairies: History and Myth-Making
in the United States and Canada

In this seminar, we will read historical and political documents, diaries, newspaper articles, short stories and novels, relating to the settling of the Prairies in the United States and Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries. Using the “official”, i.e. politically and historically determined report as a starting point, our focus will be on the lived experience as it is described in autobiographical accounts and on the myth-making in historical and literary sources. Different views, i.e. that of Native Americans and Canadian First Nations as well as that of pioneer women and ethnic groups, will be included. The representation of gender, class and race and the formation of identities in the prairie regions as well as the iconography of the prairies will be analyzed.

During the semester break, you will have to read the novels listed below. All of them are available in bookstores and from internet booksellers (used copies are fine):

Willa Cather, O Pioneers
Ole Rolvaag, Giants in the Earth
Margaret Laurence, The Diviners
Thomas King, Truth and Bright Water

Non-Fiction texts (government documents, newspaper articles, excerpts from diaries) will be collected in a reader and given to you at the beginning of the term.

Please, order the books immediately. Students who have not read the novels by the beginning of the term cannot participate in this seminar.
Your work in this seminar will encompass the assignments listed below:

o participation in class discussions
o an oral report of about 20 minutes on your assigned topic, a handout (1-2 pages) summarizing the most important points, to be given to your fellow students while you present your report
o a written version of the paper to be submitted, at the latest, on February 26, 2010. For the form of your paper, please check the most recent edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, which is available at our library. You will also receive a short summary of the MLA system in class.
o a short final exam

At the end of the "erste Anmeldephase" a list of topics to choose from will be sent to all accepted students.

Termine:

Datum (Wochentag)UhrzeitOrt
28.10.2010 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
04.11.2010 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
11.11.2010 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
18.11.2010 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
25.11.2010 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
02.12.2010 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
09.12.2010 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
16.12.2010 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
13.01.2011 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
20.01.2011 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
27.01.2011 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
03.02.2011 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
10.02.2011 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
17.02.2011 (Donnerstag)09.40 - 11.10 Uhr02 368
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude

Semester: WiSe 2010/11