VL American Literary and Cultural History, 20th Century



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Do 12:15-13:45, Raum KH 1.012

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Die VL kann wie folgt verwendet werden:

- L-GYM Englisch (neu): "Optionsmodul Literature" (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul Literature)

- BA English and American Studies (neu): "Hauptmodul B" Literature oder Culture

- MA North American Studies
Mastermodul 6: "Überblicksmodul": VL plus Independent Study

- Alte Studiengänge (Studienbeginn vor WS 07/08): Hauptstudium (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenprüfung)


One cannot fully appreciate the complexity of modern literature without considering the work of American writers. Radical innovators such as William Faulkner, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, or Ernest Hemingway have shaped our understanding of modern literature. Furthermore, postmodern American authors like Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Richard Powers, Paul Auster, or Bret Easton Ellis have contributed to our understanding of contemporary western societies. African American writers and intellectuals such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison have offered radically new perspectives on what it means to live in twentieth-century America. This lecture will offer an overview of twentieth-century American literature in its cultural and historical contexts. Moreover, it will show how the field of American literary studies reacted to the dramatic and far-reaching changes of U.S. literature.

Empfohlene Literatur

Richard Ruland and Malcolm Bradbury, |From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature| (New York: Penguin, 1992) (Part IV, "Modernism in the American Grain”). Richard Gray, "Making It New: The Emergence of Modern American Literature,” in: Gray, |A History of American Literature| (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004), 336-552.

Zusätzliche Informationen

Erwartete Teilnehmerzahl: 40