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Colonial Masculinities: Explorers, Adventurers, Heroes?

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  • Di 14:15-15:45, Raum C 301

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das Proseminar gehört zu folgenden Modulen:
- BA English and American Studies: Zwischenmodul II (Culture; Zulassungsvoraussetzungen: GOP, in der Regel Zwischenmodul I (Thematisches Kombinationsmodul))
- BA English and American Studies: Zwischenmodul II (Literature; Zulassungsvoraussetzungen: GOP, in der Regel Zwischenmodul I (Thematisches Kombinationsmodul))
- Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Zwischenmodul L-GYM Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: GOP, Basismodul Literature)
- Lehramt Englisch an Grund-, Haupt- und Realschulen: Zwischenmodul L-UF Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: GOP, Elementarmodul Literature)

Inhalt

|'The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or who have slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only.'|

This famous quote from Conrad's |Heart of Darkness| indicates the scope of our seminar: The narrator portrays the colonial enterprise as the 'white man's burden' but also already hints at how the colonial 'self' must always be negotiated between European and non-European identities. As colonialism has always been a predominantly male enterprise, we will look at representations of colonial male figures in literature and culture in this seminar and analyse ideals and stereotypes of masculinity, such as the explorer, hunter or the 'effeminate other', and their functions in colonial discourse. Our theoretical and historical context will thus unite concepts and theories of masculinity studies, colonial and postcolonial theory as well as historical dimensions of British imperialism. We will analyse archetypical representations of male explorers and adventurers in canonical texts from the 18th to the 20th century, including Defoe's |Robinson Crusoe|, Rider Haggard's |King Solomon's Mines| and Conrad's |Lord Jim| as well as selected short stories and poems by Rudyard Kipling or Robert Louis Stevenson. Furthermore, we will also look at more recent negotiations and subversions of the male colonial 'hero' and consider postcolonial answers to these literary representations.

Empfohlene Literatur

Please purchase the following books in the indicated edition and start reading them *before term*: - Daniel Defoe, |Robinson Crusoe| (Oxford World Classic edition, 2008) - Sir Henry Rider Haggard, |King Solomon's Mines| (Oxford World Classic edition, 2016) - Joseph Conrad, |Lord Jim| (Oxford World Classic edition, 2008) Further texts and material will be announced in the first session and/or made available on StudOn.