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Prof. Dr. Caroline Rosenthal

Caroline Rosenthal
Prof. Dr. Caroline Rosenthal
Bau 98
Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8, Raum 624
07743 Jena
Telefon: +49 3641-9-44521
Fax: +49 3641-9-44502
E-Mail: caroline.rosenthal@uni-jena.de

 

American Studies at the FSU Jena: English | German

Gleichstellungsbüro (↗ Weiterleitung)

Spektrum-Beitrag: Der Leidenschaft nachgehen, damit man durchhält

Radiobeitrag zur Leitkultur und zum kollektiven Gedächtnis, Beitrag als Kanadaexpertin (↗ MP3-Download)

 

Vollständiger Lebenslauf / Complete CV (PDF)

Kurzvita

seit 2016 Gleichstellungsbeauftragte der FSU
2015-2017 Präsidentin der Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien
seit 2015 Mitglied im Graduiertenkolleg "Modell Romantik"
2011-2013 Herausgeberin der Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien
2010 Ruf an die Universität Wien (abgelehnt)
2009 Ernennung zur Professorin, Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik, Universität Jena
2008-2009 Vertretung von Professuren an den Universitäten Heidelberg und Konstanz
2007-2012 Mitglied im Beirat der Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien
2007 Habilitation an der Universität Konstanz, venia legendi für Nordamerikanische Literatur und Kultur
2001-2008 Wissenschaftliche Assistentin am Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik, Universität Konstanz
2001 Promotion an der Universität Konstanz
1995-2001 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik, Universität Konstanz
1989-1995 Studium der Anglistik und Germanistik an der Universität Freiburg, 1. Staatsexamen 1995
1988-1989 Studium an der Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

 Vollständige Publikationsliste / Complete List of Publications (PDF)

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Gained Ground: Perspectives on Canadian and Comparative North American Studies, ed. with Eva Gruber. Camden House 2018 (in preparation).

Disrespected Neighbo(u)rs: Cultural Stereotypes in Literature and Film, ed. With Laurenz Volkmann and Uwe Zagratzki. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2017 (in preparation).

Probing the Skin: Cultural Representations of Our Contact Zone, ed. with Dirk Vanderbeke. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014.

Fake Identity? The Impostor Narrative in North American Culture, ed. with Stefanie Schäfer. Berlin: Campus 2014.

New York and Toronto Novels after Postmodernism: Explorations of the Urban.  Rochester, NY: Camden House 2011.

Space and Gender. Spaces of Difference in Canadian Women’s Writing/Espaces de différence dans l’écriture canadienne au feminin, ed. with Doris Eibl. Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press 2009.

Gender Studies: Wissenschaftstheorien und Gesellschaftskritik, ed. with Therese Frey Steffen und Anke Väth. Würzburg: Könighausen & Neumann 2004.

Narrative Deconstructions of Gender in Works by Audrey Thomas, Daphne Marlatt, and Louise Erdrich. Rochester, NY: Camden House 2003.

Schwellentexte der Weltliteratur, ed. with Reingard M. Nischik. Konstanz: UVK Universitätsverlag Konstanz 2002.

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"Henry David Thoreau als Ikone zeitgenössischer Popkultur: Das Walden Magazine und der Achtsamkeitsboom." Kerschbaumer, Sandra et al. (eds.) Modell Romantik (in preparation).

"TransArea Studies: Gendered Mobility (and the Picara Figure) in North American Literature." Hodgett, Susan/Patrick James (eds.) Necessary Travel: New Area Studies and Canada in Comparative Perspective. Lenham etc.: Lexington Press 2017 (ms handed in).

"Anglophone Kultur, Literatur und Gesellschaft", Chapter 3B, Länderbericht Kanada der Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, 2017 (with Wolfgang Klooß, ms handed in)

"The Calgary Stampede through a Cultural Studies Perspective: A Teaching Project." Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies 16.1 (September 2015) /with Stefanie Schäfer)

"Introduction." Probing the Skin: Cultural Representations of Our Contact Zone, ed. with Dirk Vanderbeke. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2015: 1-11.(with Dirk Vanderbeke).

"'A carnival in hell': Representations of New York City in Siri Hustvedt's Novels." Hartmann, Johanna, Christine Marks, Hubert Zapf (eds.) Zones of Focused Ambiguity in Siri Hustvedt's Works: Interdisciplinary Essays. Berlin: De Gruyter 2016: 51-66.

"Die Kunst des Gehens: Weibliches Flanieren in Siri Hustvedts The Blindfold und Tessa McWatts Out of My Skin." In Banita, Georgiana/Judith Ellenbürger/Jörn Glasenapp (eds.) Eine Frau geht wo: Weibliche Flanerie in Literatur und Film. München: Fink, 2017. 77-100.

"Introduction" (with Stefanie Schäfer) to Rosenthal, Caroline/Stefanie Schäfer Fake Identity? The Impostor Narrative in North American Culture. Berlin: Campus 2014: 11-23.

"Canada's Idea of North." Ditze, Stephan-Alexander/Jana Nittl (eds.)  Mediations on the Far North of Canada in the Twenty-First Century - Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Bochum: Brokmeyer 2016 (MS handed in 2013, in print).

"'The Wish to be a Red Indian: The Canadian Dream of Grey Owl." Rosenthal, Caroline/Stefanie Schäfer Fake Identity? The Impostor Narrative in North American Culture, ed. with Stefanie Schäfer. Berlin: Campus 2014:45-61.

"Measuring Life in Tea Spoons: Tea and Domesticity in the Sentimental Novel." Schmidt-Haberkamp, Barbara/Susanne Schmid (eds.) Drink in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. London: Pickering & Chatto 2014, 23-33.

"North American Urban Fiction." Nischik, Reingard M. (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2014, 237-254.

"Culinary Roots/Routes: Local and Global Foodways in North American Writing."  Zacharasiewicz, Waldemar (eds.) Cultural Circulation: Canadian Writers and Authors from the American South: A Dialogue. Wien: Facultas Verlag 2013: 351-363.

"Sean Penn's Into the Wild." Peters, Susanne et al. (eds.) Teaching Contemporary Literature and Culture. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag 2013: 69-386.

"Narrative und kulturelle Kontaktzonen in Mary Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative." Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch 52 (2011): 213-227.

"Thoreau's Long Shadow: Ideas of Wilderness and Wildness in John Krakauer's book and Sean Penn's Film Into the Wild." Archiv für das Studium der Neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 247.2 (2010): 303-316.

"Re-writing the Anglicized City: The Figure of the Flâneuse in Dionne Brand's What We All Long For." Eibl, Doris/Caroline Rosenthal (eds.) Space and Gender. Spaces of Difference in Canadian Women’s Writing/Espaces de différence dans l’écriture canadienne au feminin. Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press 2009: 231-245.

"Introduction: The Spaces Difference Makes." Eibl, Doris/Caroline Rosenthal (eds.) Space and Gender. Spaces of Difference in Canadian Women’s Writing/Espaces de différence dans l’écriture canadienne au feminin. Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press 2009: 9-19.

"Locations of North in Canadian Literature and Culture." Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 29.2 (2009): 25-38.

"Margaret Atwoods literaturkritische Essays." Kindlers Literatur-Lexikon. 3. Aufl. ed. by Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler 2009.

"Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye." Kindlers Literatur-Lexikon. 3. Aufl. ed. by Heinz Ludwig Arnold. Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler 2009.

"Literary Theory and Literary Criticism." Nischik, Reingard M. (ed.) History of Literature in Canada: English-Canadian and French-Canadian. Rochester, NY: Camden House 2008: 291-309.

"Textual and Urban Spaces in Carol Shields's Unless." Kuester, Martin/Charlotte Sturgess (eds.) Reading/s from a Distance: European Perspectives on Canadian Women's Writing. Augsburg: Wissner 2008: 175-186.

"Collective Memory and Personal Identity in the Prairie Town of Manawaka: Margaret Laurence's 'The Loons'." Nischik, Reingard M. (ed.) The Canadian Short Story: Interpretations. Rochester, NY: Camden House 2007: 219-231.

"Nationale Mythen und symbolische Räume: Stadtdiskurse in den USA und Kanada." Köth, Anke/Anna Minta/Andreas Schwarting (eds.) Building America: Die Erschaffung einer neuen Welt. Dresden: Thelem 2005: 43-55. 

"Literaturtheorie und –kritik." Groß, Konrad/Wolfgang Klooß/Reingard M. Nischik (eds.) Kanadische Literaturgeschichte Stuttgart: Metzler 2005: 228-242.

"Comparing Mythologies: The Canadian North versus the American West." Hönnighausen, Lothar/ Anke Ortlepp/James Peacock/Niklaus Steiner (eds.) Regionalism in the Age of Globalism. Vol 2. Forms of Regionalism. University of Wisconsin: Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures 2005: 283-291.

"Einleitung" (with Frey Steffen und Väth) zu Gender Studies: Wissenschaftstheorien und Gesellschaftskritik. Würzburg: Könighausen & Neumann 2004: 9-17.

"'North Is Where the Inuit Live': Uncovering a Canadian National Myth." Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 24.1 (2004): 101-121.

"The Other American Renaissance: Susan Warner's The Wide, Wide World." Assmann, Aleida/Michael Frank (eds.) Vergessene Texte. Konstanz: UVK Universitätsverlag Konstanz 2004: 83-104.

"Das Spiel mit der Identität: Entwürfe von Weiblichkeit in Texten von Louise Erdrich und Aritha van Herk." Milfull, Inge/Christine Strobl (eds.) Das Fragwürdige Subjekt: Menschenbilder im 20. Jahrhundert. Regensburg: Pustet Verlag 2004: 293-318.

"Introduction" to Reingard M. Nischik/Caroline Rosenthal (eds.) Schwellentexte der Weltliteratur. Konstanz: UVK, Universitätsverlag Konstanz 2002: 1-24.

"'You must not tell anyone': Erzählte Identitäten in Audrey Thomas' Intertidal Life und Maxine Hong Kingstons The Woman Warrior." Neumann, Michael (ed.) Erzählte Identitäten: Ein Interdisziplinäres Symposion. München: Fink 2000: 153-165.

"Canonizing Atwood: Her Impact on Teaching in the US, Canada, and Europe." Nischik, Reingard M. (ed.) Margaret Atwood: Works and Impact. Rochester, NY: Camden House 2000: 41-56.

"'Alice Hoyle: 1,000 interlocking pieces': Processes of Identity (De)construction in Audrey Thomas's Intertidal Life." Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 35.1 (1999): 186-195.

"Re-membering Self and (M)Other in Daphne Marlatt's Ana Historic." Christina Strobel/Doris Eibl (eds.) Selbst und Andere/s: Von Begegnungen und Grenzziehungen. Augsburg: Wißner 1998: 135-148.

"Margaret Laurence." Metzler Autorinnen Lexikon. ed. by Ute Hechtfischer/ Renate Hof/Inge Stephan/FloraVeit-Wild. Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler 1998: 292-293.

"Daphne Marlatt." Metzler Autorinnen Lexikon. ed. by Ute Hechtfischer/ Renate Hof/Inge Stephan/FloraVeit-Wild. Stuttgart/Weimar: Metzler 1998: 335-336.

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"Susann Neuenfeldt. Schauspiele des Sehens: Die Figur der Flaneurin, Voyeurin und Stalkerin im U.S.-amerikanischen Essay." Amerikastudien/American Studies 2017 (in preparation).

"Wieland Schwanebeck. Der flexible Mr. Ripley. Männlichkeit und Hochstapelei in Literatur und Film." ZAA 64.2 (2016): 228-30.

"Katharina Vester, A Taste of Power. Food and American Identities, California Studies in Food and Culture 59." H-Soz-Kult. May 2015 http://www.hsozkult.de.

"Catrin Gersdorf, The Poetics and Politics of the Desert: Landscape and the Construction of America" and Alexandra Ganser, Roads of Her Own: Gendered Space and Mobility in American Women's Road Narratives, 1970-2000." ZAA 58.2 (2010): 183-186.

"Petra Wittke-Rüdiger. Literarische Kartographien des kanadischen Nordens." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 4.4 (2006): 420-422.

"Joan W. Goodwin. The Remarkable Mrs. Ripley: The Life of Sarah Alden Bradford Ripley." Amerikastudien/American Studies 47.2 (2002): 306-308.

"W.H. New. Borderlands: How we Talk About Canada." Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 39.1 (2001): 187-188.

"Ludwig Deringer. Das Bild des Pazifischen Nordwesten von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart:  Vergleichende Studien zur kanadischen und amerikanischen Literatur zwischen Regionalismus und Universalismus." Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 35.1 (1999): 198-200.

"Marlene Goldman. Paths of Desire: Images of Exploration and Mapping in Canadian Women’s Writing." Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 33.1 (1998): 190-192.

"Camille R. La Bossière. (ed.) Context North America: Canadian/U.S. Literary Relations." Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 31.1 (1997): 170-71.

"John Gray. Lost in North-America: The Imaginary Canadian in the American Dream."  Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 29.1 (1996): 171-72.

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WS 2016/17, Concord: A Place of Romantic Ideas and Reforms

Concord, a small town in Massachusetts close to Boston, was the hub of transcendentalist ideas and romantic thought in 19th century America. Henry James later called it "the biggest little place in America" and compared its importance for American literary history to that of Weimar for German Literature. Ralph Waldo Emerson moved to Concord in 1835 and became the center of a group of philosophers and writers: Among them were Bronson Alcott, father of Louisa May Alcott, Nathanial Hawthorne, who composed some of his most famous short stories at the Old Manse in Concord, and Henry David Thoreau. Today, Thoreau is probably the most notable figure of the group. He made Concord famous because he wrote his seminal text Walden at Concord's Walden Pond and also chronicled the place in A Journey on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, an account of a canoe trip he undertook with his brother John. We will read essays and short stories by all of the above mentioned writers and will also look at the impact of their theories today -- for instance on ecocriticism or pop culture. This is a book to be bought: Jeffrey S. Cramer (ed.) The Portable Thoreau, Penguin Classics 2012. Other texts will be made available on wordwise.  

 

WS 2016/17, Ecopoetry

Ecopoetry reacts to challenges nature -- and mankind as part of nature – faces in the age oft he anthropocene. Unlike nature poetry, eco-poetry does not observe and describe natural settings but acknowledges the interrelationship between human and non-human realms. It replaces an anthropocentric with an eco-centric worldview and sees humans not as superior to but as part of an ecosystem. Those ecological aspects are also reflected formally, as ecopoetry tries to express an ecological ethics in syntax and semantics. We will concentrate on two Pultzer Prize-winning contemporary American authors, Gary Snyder and Mary Oliver. The main focus will be on their poetry, Snyder’s Turtle Island and Danger on Peaks and Oliver’s American Primitive and Why I Wake Early. In addition, we will read essay on ecocriticism, ecopoetry, and the conception of wilderness in American culture. The poetry volumes must be bought, the essays will be made available on wordwise.

 

WS 2015/16, Magic Realism

This seminar deals with magic realism as a mode of representation in contemporary American literature and film. We will read and discuss critical texts on the concept and work on finding characteristics, forms, and functions of magic realism in novels and films. Novels we will discuss in class: Gale Anderson Dargatz The Cure for Death by Lightning, Jane Urquhart Away. Additional short stories and critical texts will be made availbale on wordwise. In addition, we will discuss two films.

 

WS 2012/13, North American Picaresque Novels

This seminar will investigate the tradition of the picaresque novel in a North American cultural context and especially focus on postmodern renditions of the picaro and picara figure. The rogue or picaro is a figure whose adventurous travels often border on the indecent or illegitimate and whose unruly behavior and transgression of boundaries defies social spaces and norms. It shares with postmodernism a certain playfulness, irony, and social critique as well as the urge to undermine existing symbolic orders and social structures. Various critics hence see the picaro/picara figure as the ancestor to the modern trickster figure. We will look at theories of the picaresque as well as at theories of space and mobility and closely examine four novels: Thomas Berger Little Big Man, George Bowering Caprice, Aritha van Herk No Fixed Address, Erika Lopez Flaming Iguanas.

 

WS 2012/13, Banned Books

Banning books is a form of censorship that has been practiced out of various motivations – religious, political, ethical, ideological – as long as books have existed. People have tried to gain control over the publication, distribution, and exegesis of texts at all times, especially over texts that challenged dominant social ideals, norms, and rules of a society at a given time. Often, such formerly banned books later became celebrated and highly regarded texts of the literary canon. We are going to look at a few examples of literary texts which underwent such a transformation, at Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, at Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, at J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, at Allan Ginsberg's Howl. Besides a close reading of the texts and a detailed look at their individual histories of publication and reception, the seminar will deal with general questions of book censorship.

 

WS 2011/12 Toni Morrison

This course deals with various works of African-American writer Toni Morrison. We will start out by looking at the only short story Morrison has written so far, "Recitatif," and continue by reading critical essay on and about Morrison's work. We will then explore narrative devices as well as recurring themes and motifs in three of her novels: Beloved, Jazz and Sula. All of them deal with the aftermaths of the traumatic experience of slavery but while one uses the mode of magic realism, the other draws on the African-American trickster figure while the next is an urban novel. We will determine commonalities between the novels as well as look at their different modes of representation.

 

SoSe 2011 Chicano and Latino Literature

This course will deal with Chicano/a literature, texts written by Mexican Americans, and Latino/a literature, texts written by Americans with origins in the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America. We will focus on the borders and boundaries on which ethnic and national identities are constituted, altered, or negated and look at the specific aesthetic qualities that arise from these negotiations in the texts of various authors.

Required Reading: Selected Stories from Sandra Cisneros Woman Hollering Creek; Cristina Garcia Dreaming in Cuban; Junot Díaz The Brief Life of Oscar Wao; Julia Alvarez How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent

 

WS 2010/11, Toronto Literature

For a long time, the Canadian imagination disregarded cities and instead dwelled on the small town, the wilderness, or the far north. In recent decades, with the spatial turn in cultural studies and with the increase of urban transmigrations that have turned Canadian cities into cultural contact zones, this has been changing. This course deals with literary representations of urban spaces and an urban way of life in contemporary Toronto fiction. We will closely analyze three novels but also look at some poetry and short stories as well as at theories of space, cultural geography, and urban phenomena. Texts: Michael Ondaatje In the Skin of a Lion, Dionne Brand What We All Long For, Catherine Bush The Rules of Engagement.

 

SoSe 2010, Historiographic Metafiction

Since the historian Hayden White in the 1970s stressed the narrative quality of historiography, the distinction between fact and fiction as well as between historiography and the writing of novels has blurred. The genre of "Historiographic Metafiction" hence questions the authoritative voice of history by blending official records with non-historical stories and by providing different narrative versions of one and the same event. By blurring the boundaries of fact and imagination, the official and the un-official, these texts attempt to rewrite cultural history and at the same time reflect on the conditions of making any kind of narrative, may it be fictional or historical. We will read theoretical texts on historiography, on metafiction, and on narrative as well as deal with 3 novels and their adaptation to film.

Texts: John Fowles: The French Lieutnant´s Woman (film adaptation: screenplay Harold Pinter, dir. by Karel Reisz 1981); Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid´s Tale (film adaptation: screenplay Harold Pinter, dir. by Volker Schlöndorff 1990); Michael Ondaatje The English Patient (film adaptation and screenplay by Anthony Minghella 1996).

 

WS 2009/10 Eating Cultures: Food Practices and Cultural Identity in North American Literature and Film

Food Practices and eating orders play a major role in constituting and sustaining nations, cultures, and ethnicities. Besides studying theoretical texts on food and culture, eating orders and practices, we will look at an array of literary and filmic representations of such orders and at how they de/stabilize gendered and ethnic differences in a society.

Texts: Various narratives from The Norton Anthology of American Literature; Maxine Hong Kingston The Woman Warrior; Tessa McWatt This Body, Gail Anderson Dargatz The Cure for Death by Lightening. Additional texts will be announced in class.

 

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SoSe 2016, Natur erfahren: Aktualisierungen romantischer Ideen und Praktiken: Ein Projektseminar mit ePortfolio (with Dr. Peter Braun)

Sich der Natur auszusetzen und sie intensiv und allumfassend zu erfahren, ist eines der zentralen Motive nicht nur der europäischen, sondern mehr noch der amerikanischen Romantik. In der deutschsprachigen Literatur verkörpert Adalbert Stifter, so mit seiner Erzählung „Der Hochwald“ dieses Motiv; für die amerikanische ist es Henry David Thoreau, für den es Idee und Praxis zugleich ist. Sein Buch „Walden“ stellt eine fein komponierte Mischung aus Naturbeobachtung, Botanik, Lebensphilosophie und Literatur dar. Ausgehend von diesen beiden Texten werden wir in dem  Seminar nach zeitgenössischen Aktualisierungen der Idee und der Praxis suchen – in den Printmedien (Walden Magazin), in der Literatur (Gary Snyder), in der Musik (Nightwish) und im Film („Wild“ und „Ich bin dann mal weg“). Zugleich werden wir selbst – im Rahmen einer Tagesveranstaltung –  Natur erfahren und verschiedene Praktiken wie Beschreiben, Skizzieren und Sammeln ausprobieren, um sie reflektierend für die Analyse unserer „Gegenstände“ fruchtbar zu  machen.

Ferner wollen wir in dieser Veranstaltung – im Rahmen eines Pilotprojekts – eine innovative Lernmethode einsetzen: das elektronische Portfolio. Gegenüber der analogen Variante besitzt das ePortfolio mehr gestalterische Möglichkeiten. So ist es leichter, Bilder, Zeichnungen, Fotografien, Filmausschnitte und andere Materialien hochzuladen. Zudem gibt es die Möglichkeit, die Einträge gegenseitig zu lesen und zu kommentieren. Die Teilnehmenden bekommen einen entsprechenden Zugang und eine technische Einweisung und können so das Arbeiten mit einem ePortfolio ausprobieren.

 

WS 2013/14 Amerikanische und deutsche Lyrik von der Beatgeneration bis zum neuen Pluralismus (with Prof. Dirk von Petersdorff)

In diesem interdisziplinären Seminar werden ausgewählte Positionen der amerikanischen und deutschsprachigen Lyrik von den späten 1950er bis in die späten 1980er Jahre analysiert. Dabei soll es vor allem darum gehen, wie sich gesellschaftliche Veränderungen in der Formensprache der Lyrik niederschlagen. Gemeinsamkeiten und Differenzen der Entwicklungen in den beiden Kulturen werden hervortreten. An geeigneter Stelle wird es auch um direkte Rezeptionsbeziehungen gehen, etwa wenn Rolf Dieter Brinkmann die amerikanische Beat Poetry vermittelt und ästhetisch für sich nutzbar macht.

Teilnehmen können Master-Studierende und fortgeschrittene Lehramtsstudenten. Vorausgesetzt wird die Vertrautheit mit den grundlegenden Begriffen der Lyrikanalyse, die ansonsten zur Vorbereitung des Seminars wiederholt werden sollten. Um eine gleichmäßige Zulassung zu gewährleisten, wird die Auswahl der Teilnehmer über ‚Friedolin‘ nicht automatisch, sondern von uns ‚per Hand‘ vorgenommen. Die Unterrichtssprache ist deutsch. Die amerikanischen Gedichte werden aber natürlich im Original gelesen und analysiert. Eine Liste der Autoren und Autorinnen und der Themen für Arbeitsgruppen und Arbeitspapiere wird in der vorlesungsfreien Zeit versandt.

 

SoSe 2013, The West in the Canadian Literary and Cultural Imagination

The West in the Canadian Literary and Cultural Imagination (with Excursion to Canada, with Dr. Stefanie Schäfer)

This seminar and student excursion will explore the concept of the West in Canadian literature and culture. In class, we will read and discuss literary texts and cultural concepts related to the West as well as explore techniques of research and research presentation.
Topics include cultural studies concepts such as masculinities, the carnivalesque, or symbolic landscapes; theory texts will be made available on wordwise. Students in the Lehramt program registered in the 'Fiction/Non-Fiction'-Modul will take a written final exam on July 16. Students in the master program registered in the ‘Advanced Research’ class will compile a portfolio.
From July 2nd to July 12th, we will ‘experience’ the Canadian West during an excursion to the Calgary Stampede in Canada. The biggest and probably most famous rodeo of the world, the Calgary Stampede is a yearly agricultural exhibition and festival with Chuckwagon Races, Rodeos, and Grand Stand Parades now in its 101st year. The program of the excursion involves two tasks for students: Presenting a mini-workshop about a cultural studies concept during a student conference at the University of Calgary and documenting the Stampede experience in a Stampede report that may consist of a creative writing project, blog, film diary, etc. Both of these projects will be prepared by students and mentored by Prof. Rosenthal and Dr. Schäfer in the course of the semester.
The class combines the study of literature and cultural concepts with the experience of the "real thing" during the 2013 Calgary Stampede.

 

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SoSe 2015, Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Movement in Literature

This lecture series looks at representations of movement in literature and film from the 17th century to the present. The depiction of movement in literature and film has given rise to distinct genres such as the Road Novel/Movie or the Picaresque Novel which interrelate the making of subjects and spaces via movement. Various literary figures, such as the detective, the flâneur, the nomad, the picaro, or the Western hero are defined by their respective manners, ways, and aims in moving through space. The lecture series will start out by defining movement and mobility as spatial concepts and by looking at how subjects make space by using it, by moving in and through it, in distinct ways. We look at symbolic spaces and at how literature contributes to investing space with meaning. The talks of the lecture series stem from the fields of geography, literature, film studies, and cultural studies and focus on specific genres and figures as well as on individual examples of books and films in which movement fosters the growth of the protagonist or is used to critique society.

 

WS 2013/14, The American Dream Revisited: Critical Perspectives on a National Idea

Als Ideologie avant la lettre wirkt der amerikanische Traum über die Jahrhunderte hinweg als aufklärerisches Idealbild eines Staates, dessen Bürger ihre Begabungen frei von sozialen Zwängen zum Besten hin entfalten können, als Hoffnungsträger für Millionen Einwanderer aus aller Welt, als Ursprungsidee, zu der in Krisenzeiten zurückgekehrt werden soll (Cullen 2006). Der American Dream mag angegriffen, umgedeutet oder gar verworfen werden als monopolisierende Großerzählung einer weißen männlichen Elite - sein Fortbestand durch alle Krisen der Repräsentation hinweg zeichnet sich jedoch kaum deutlicher ab als in der politischen und kulturellen Selbstdarstellung der USA in der Ära nach dem amerikanischen Jahrhundert, deren Beginn vielfach auf den 11. September 2001 datiert wird. Die Ringvorlesung wird sich der historisch-politisch-kulturellen Dimension des amerikanischen Traums aus transdiziplinärer Perspektive nähern. Vortragende, darunter auch von auswärts eingeladene renommierte Wissenschaftler_innen, aus der Amerikanistik, Geschichts- und Politikwissenschaft werden hierbei auf ausgewählte Aspekte, Bereiche und Wirkmechanismen und des amerikanischen Traums eingehen.

 

WS 2009/10, Survey of North American Literature, Culture, and Theory

This lecture course will introduce students to major periods, socio-cultural backgrounds, intellectual and epistemological traditions as well as theoretical approaches in American literature from its colonial beginnings to after Postmodernism. At salient points, America's national consciousness, its myths, symbols, and ideological framings will be compared to how Canada, in contrast, has imagined itself as a nation. While the two nations share many characteristics, they also differ vastly in their symbolic spaces, their literary canons, and in how they have managed difference and diversity.

 

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SoSe 2013, Native American and First Nations Canadian Literature

In this class, we will read texts by various First Nations authors from Canada as well as by Native American authors from the United Sates. The focus of this course will be on the close reading analysis of literary texts, we will, however, also read two theoretical essays. There will be no oral presentations in this class; instead students are required to keep a reading diary throughout the class in which they record their reading responses to each text on 2-3 pages. All of the stories, poems, and essays will be provided. Texts to be bought: Drew Hayden Taylor The Baby Blues.

 

SoSe 2011, American Narratives after Postmodernism

This class deals with literature 'post' or 'past' the 'post', with texts written in the yet unspecified period after Postmodernism. Both as a term and a period postmodernism has been questioned because it refutes certain principles and aesthetic forms of modernism while still using them as points of departure. One characteristic of the period after Postmodernism is a return to a more realistic, coherent narrative mode, albeit with a postmodern awareness for the temporary nature of human existence, and to the representation of private, quotidian lives. Critics employ terms like 'Neo-Realism' or 'New Modernism' to describe the period of post-Postmodern literature. In class we will deal with some short stories by Raymond Carver, with some theoretical texts, and with two novels, Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex.

 

Research Interests

  • Mobility Studies; the figure of the male and female flaneur in contemporary North American Literature; walking as a cultural practice, transmigrations in the Americas
  • Transatlantic Romantic Studies; actualizations of romantic ideas; Henry David Thoreau as a cultural icon
  • The Anthropocene in North American Literature and Culture; Gary Snyder, bioregionalism and ecopoetry; the Anthropocene in Canadian Literature and Culture
  • Comparative North American Studies; Symbolic Spaces, Nationale Imaginaries; The Canadian West versus the American West

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