HS Representing Slavery in British Fiction (Blockseminar)



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Einzeltermin am 12.10.2019 10:15-15:45, Raum C 601
  • Einzeltermin am 07.12.2019 10:15-15:45, Raum C 601
  • Einzeltermin am 25.01.2020 10:15-15:45, Raum C 601

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Hauptmodul A (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)

  • Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Hauptmodul L-Gym Literature

  • MA English Studies: Core Module Literature (nur HS; zum Modul gehšrt weiterhin das "Selbststudium mit Kontaktzeit", 1 SWS) (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: keine)

  • MA English Studies: Master Module II Literature (nur HS; zum Modul gehört weiterhin das "Selbststudium im Teilfach mit Kontaktzeit" bzw. das "Selbststudium kumulativ", 1 SWS) (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: keine)

This advanced seminar is offered as a "Blockseminar" with a concluding student conference.
Students are required to attend three seminars on Saturdays in which we will discuss the three texts together with the assigned secondary literature that is made available via StudOn; students are further required to hand in tasks via StudOn in the time between the three sessions (see below); finally, they are required to give a conference presentation in the concluding session.
  • Sa, 12.10.2019, 10:15-15:45: Introduction, Aphra Behn, Oroonoko

  • StudOn supervision: Postcolonial Appropriations, forum discussion and theses

  • Sa, 07.12.2019, 10:15-15:45, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe| and Olaudah Equiano, |The Interesting Narrative

  • StudOn supervision: Postcolonial Appropriations; forum discussion and theses

  • Abstracts, outline and ppt for the presentations

  • Sa, 25.01.2020, 10:15-15:45, Student Conference


This course offers an in-depth analysis of representations of slavery in British literature. We will focus on the long eighteenth century and study texts with a complex generic history that represent slavery from the points of view of a witness, a coloniser and a victim of slavery. Apart from exploring the interdependence of the history of slavery and generic developments in that period, we will focus on the ideologically fraught debates on abolition and the dynamics of changing legal and cultural contexts.

Empfohlene Literatur

- Aphra Behn, |Oroonoko: An Authoritative Text, Historical Backgrounds, Criticism|, ed. Joanna Lipking, New York et al.: Norton, 1997 [1688], ISBN-13: 978-0393970142. - Daniel Defoe, |Robinson Crusoe|, edited with an Introduction by Thomas Keymer and Notes by Thomas Keymer and James Kelly, Oxford et al.: OUP, 2008 [1719], ISBN-13: 978-0199553976. - Olaudah Equiano, |The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself|, ed. Werner Sollors, New York et al.: Norton, 2001 [1789], ISBN-13: 978-0393974942.