OS Masterkurs: Pirates!



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Mo 16:00-18:30, Raum KH 0.023

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Der Masterkurs gehört in folgenden Studiengängen jeweils zu folgenden Modulen:
- MA English Studies: Master Module I (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: keine)


The Master Course provides a detailed examination, contextualization and discussion of a theoretical concept and its (historically specific) application. In this seminar we will focus on the concept of (legal) identity. We will focus on the figure of the pirate as an individual that defies easy legal classifications – privateers and pirates, for instance, essentially engage in the same activities, but while the former are state-sanctioned in their sea-faring robberies, the latter are stereotypically defined as ‘the enemies of all mankind’. As the term progresses, we will discuss how literary texts increasingly disengage from this depiction of the pirate as a legal ‘problem’ and the pirate gains a literary identity of his/her own.

Students will be expected to conduct substantial amounts of independent and self-reliant work in the seminar. They will also be trained in presenting and defending the findings of their research. This course also focuses on presentation skills that especially address the needs of MA-students, who will present a paper in the context of a student conference, with discussion.

Empfohlene Literatur

- Thomas Heywood and William Rowley, |Fortune by Land and Sea| (1607-09) (any edition) - Philip Massinger, |The Renegado| (1630) (Arden Early Modern Drama) - Daniel Defoe, |Robinson Crusoe| (1719) (chapter 2) - |A General History of the Pyrates| (1724) (The Life of Anne Bonny) - Lord Byron, |The Corsair| (1814) - Walter Scott, |The Pirate| (1821) - Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert, |The Pirates of Penzance| (1879) - Robert Louis Stevenson, |Treasure Island| (1883)