From Innocence to Experience: (Re-)constructions of Childhood in Victorian Women’s Autobiography

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Summer Semester 2020

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154221 From Innocence to Experience: (Re-)constructions of Childhood in Victorian Women’s Autobiography - Group A 2 HS Di 12:15 - 13:45 R. 3.206 Binder
154222 From Innocence to Experience: (Re-)constructions of Childhood in Victorian Women’s Autobiography - Group B 2 HS Di 14:15 - 15:45 R. 3.206 Binder
Course Description

For centuries, children and childhood have been variously – and very controversially – discussed: childhood is obviously time-, culture and gender-bound. The course investigates the (re-)construction of childhood within nineteenth-century adult non-fiction – more specifically, in Victorian women’s autobiographies. The textual basis for this is Valerie Sanders’s representative work Records of Girlhood: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Women’s Childhood.
In the course, childhood will be explored as a major key to central issues of a whole age and culture. The field of studies is Childhood Studies. We will study the primary texts in order to critically asses the contribution of the women writers to the discourses of childhood and autobiography. Special emphasis will be placed on the interaction between the image of the child (especially of girls), conceptions of childhood/girlhood, and narrative transmission/the literary mode of presentation. Apart from literary studies, we will refer to other discourses, such as educational theory, pedagogy, psychology, didactics, sociology, medicine, religion, philosophy, and history of art.
This will lead to a more differentiated assessment of the nineteenth century at large, which complements and modifies the evidence conveyed through other forms of narrative discourse, e.g. male and female fiction. Additionally, the multiple connections between the historical phenomena studied in the seminar and the current debates about children, family, upbringing, education, schooling, reading etc. will become evident.

Reading

The set textbooks for the course (recommended for purchase) are:

  • Valerie Sanders (ed.). Records of Girlhood: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Women’s Childhoods. Ashgate 2000 [SEK 2810-7; C 23101; LCa 333/HL 9253]*
  • Binder, Christiane M. From Innocence to Experience: (Re-)Constructions of Victorian Women’s Autobiography. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier 2014 [SEI 5210/4; C 28798; C 28798+1]*
    • Contained in ‘Handapparat’.

A Reader will be available a week prior to the beginning of the course (“Copyshop”). You are expected to have it with you from the beginning.

Requirements

Credits will be awarded on the basis of either:

  • ‘aktive Teilnahme’ (oral presentation and shorter paper or Project as AT)
  • Literature/Culture Projects (presentation in class)
  • term paper (including participation in class discussion)

Personal attendance during the first session is required to maintain enrolment status. The tasks will already be assigned during the very first session, so be there on time!


Modules
Modulzuordnungen
Lehramtsstudiengänge
LABG G: HRG/HRSGe GyGe/BK SP
2009 703, 704 601, 1001 601, 701, 702, 1001 703
2016 601, 703, 704 601, 1001 601, 701, 702, 1001 703
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B.A.ALK: B.A.AS: M.A.ALK: M.A.AS:
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