PS Excess, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: Modern & Contemporary Poetry



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Mi 10:15-11:45, Raum KH 1.014

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

as Proseminar gehört in folgenden Studiengängen jeweils zu folgenden Modulen:

  • Lehramt Englisch an Grund-, Haupt- und Realschulen (neu): Seminarmodul L-UF Literature

  • Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien (neu): Zwischenmodul L-GYM Literature

  • BA English and American Studies (neu): Zwischenmodul II Literature

Scheinerwerb: Hausarbeit


Modernity marks a period of nationwide technological, social and cultural changes. It is not surprising that those changes are also palpable in the literature production as well as reception. Torn apart between sticking to traditional notions and revolutionising as well as integrating avant-gardes, modern and contemporary poetry offers a great variety of poetic tendencies. This seminar compares those tendencies and studies poetic positions since the 1890s.

  • Excess: We will have a look at 'scandalous' poetry that touches upon taboos such as the direct display of sexuality and was therefore received as shocking, particularly for a prudish Victorian audience.

  • Drugs: 'love is a drug' is a common phrase. In this respect, we will analyse in how far that is true for modern and contemporary love poetry. We will take gender roles into consideration as well as a diversity of poets. Love poetry cannot always be solely reduced to an affectionate display of emotions addressing a man or a woman or in fact a human at all.

  • Rock 'n' Roll: Poetry is directly connected with musicality. Song lyrics are the best example for that. However, not only music portrays the melodious focus, but also poetry slams play on rhythmical concepts. We will have a look at contemporary pop-culture and examine how poetry interferes with our lives every day in forms of slogans, films, music and slams.