HS Pedagogy and Institutions: Narratives of Education and Self-Improvement



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Mo 16:15-17:45, Raum C 301

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das HS Literature kann wie folgt verwendet werden:

- L-GYM Englisch: "Hauptmodul L-Gym Literature"

- BA English and American Studies: "Hauptmodul A Literature" mit begleitender Independent Study Group

- BA American Studies: "Hauptmodul A Literature/Culture" mit begleitender Independent Study Group

- MA North American Studies - Literature: 5, 8

- MA North American Studies - Culture: 4, 7

- MA The Americas/Las Américas: Modul 4

- MA English Studies: "Freie Ergänzungsstudien/Wild Card": Wie Aufbaumodul, mit begleitendem Kurs


Beginning with early texts that address issues of pedagogy and self-improvement, such as the |New England Primer| and Benjamin Franklin’s |Autobiography|, we will trace how discourses of individual development, learning, and techniques of (self-)improvement evolve historically. For 20th and 21st century we will focus on the genre of the campus novel to discuss how discourses of individualism and issues of class, gender, and race intersect in the changing social microcosm of college life and the academe.

Empfohlene Literatur

Please acquire and read: F.S. Fitzgerald |This Side of Paradise|; Mary McCarthy |The Groves of Academe|; John Williams |Stoner|; Philip Roth |The Human Stain| Additional texts will be made available on StudOn. Please note that this class has a "no screen”-policy and that you will thus need to acquire paper editions!