HS Contemporary American Authors: The Fiction of Stewart O'Nan



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Mi 12:15-13:45, Raum C 301

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das HS Literature kann wie folgt verwendet werden:

• L-GYM Englisch (neu): "Hauptmodul L-Gym Literature"

• BA English and American Studies (neu): "Hauptmodul A Literature" mit begleitender Independent Study Group (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)

• BA American Studies: "Hauptmodul A Literature/Culture" mit begleitender Independent Study Group (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)

• MA North American Studies - Culture and Literature: Mastermodul 5,8

• MA The Americas / Las Américas: Modul 3b,4

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

• MA Literaturstudien interkulturell und intermedial


This seminar is a one-author course that requires a substantial amount of reading. We will discuss the multi-facetted oeuvre of the contemporary American author Stewart O'Nan - his novels and short stories - and examine his writings with regard to their aesthetics and politics: How can we categorize them along the lines of genre and literary style? How do they portray American history (its wars and other crises) and contemporary US society (in particular its kinship and family structures and the rural/urban divide). In assessing the cultural work of O'Nan's writings we will contextualize him as a contemporary author whose work speaks to many issues of current concern in our field.

Empfohlene Literatur

Please purchase and read the following novels: |A Prayer for the Dying| |Wish You Were Here| |Songs for the Missing| |The Good Wife|