Time and space experiences: Chronotopes in English and New English/Postcolonial Literature

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  • WS 18/19

Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154221 Time and Space Experiences: Chronotopes in English and New English/Postcolonial Literature 2 HS Mi 12:15 – 13:45 R. 3.206 Binder

Course Description

The theoretical basis for the seminar is the concept of the ‘chronotope’ as developed by Mikhail Bakhtin. He was a Russian philosopher, literary critic and theorist, in fact one of the leading thinkers of the Twentieth Century. Bahktin developed the term from his studies of the phenomenon of the novel in world literature. He used it to describe the interaction of time and space in the literary representation of human experience. Participants of the course are invited to explore various manifestations of the phenomenon in exemplary texts from English and New English/postcolonial literatures (Canada, South Africa) of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
We will then widen our thematic concerns towards modern literary theory and criticism. I.e., we will look at the ways in which chronotopes not only reflect constructions of character, urban space and city life, but, yet more importantly, reveal issues of identity construction, gender, childhood and motherhood, communication and interculturality. It goes without saying that in order to explore the potential of chronotopes to full extent various methods of narratology will have to be employed when studying the primary literature.
Through taking a comprehensive perspective on literary spaces we will arrive at a better understanding of the role of space in literature, i.e. in literary meaning-making (how constructed literary texts translate experiences and constructions of space into another medium). The result is the formation of a new spatial reality, a semiotically organised space. This is how ‘fictions of space’ (Wolfgang Hallet) are being produced.

The seminar will be accompanied/complemented by the photo exhibition “Fourscapes and Chronotopes” at the university library. Students are invited to attend the opening at the beginning of the winter semester. More information will be available on wiki.

Course Requirements

When you pick the course, please consider the particular requirements you need to fulfil according to your examination regulations. The work forms offered in the course are:

  • ‘aktive Teilnahme’ (oral presentation and shorter paper)
  • Literature/Culture Projects (presentation in class)
  • term paper (including participation in class discussion)
  • an end-of-term written exam

Video presentations of film adaptations of selected primary texts will be included.

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

Required Reading

Mandatory reading (primary and secondary literature) (* recommended for purchase):

  • Mikhail Bakhtin: The Dialogic Imagination. Four Essays (1982) [SCE 20-59] (excerpts in the ‘Reader’)
  • Virginia Woolf: “A Room of One’s Own” (1929) [SEL W 27/70] (Handapparat) *
  • Virginia Woolf: Night and Day (1919) [SEL W 27/61] (Handapparat) *
  • Joseph Conrad: The Secret Agent (1907) [C 15706 1] (Handapparat) *
  • Joseph Conrad: Under Western Eyes (1911) [Ja G 1671; SEL C 20/1-22] (Handapparat) *
  • Margaret Atwood: Cat’s Eye (1988) [SEL A 29/11] (Handapparat) *
  • J.M. Coetzee: Age of Iron (1990) [SEL C 23/16] (Handapparat) *

A ‘Reader’ with selected secondary literature will be available a week prior to the beginning of the course (“Copyshop”).


Lehramtsstudiengänge: MA BML 2005:
  • 1301, 1303
LPO 2003:
  • GHR: 5c
  • GyGe: 6ab, 7ab
  • SP1. Fach: 5c
  • SP2. Fach: 4b
  • BK: 6ab
LABG 2009:
  • G: 703, 704
  • HRG: 601, 1001
  • GyGe/BK: 601, 701, 702, 1001
  • SP: 703
LABG 2016:
  • G: 601, 703, 704
  • HRSGe: 601, 1001
  • GyGe/BK: 601, 701, 702, 1001
  • SP: 703
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:

  • B.A.ALK: Kern: 6abc, 7ac, Komp: 3abc, 4a
  • B.A.AS: Kern: 6bc, Komp: 4a
  • M.A.ALK: 1abc, 3bc
  • M.A.AS: 2ab
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften PO ab WS 16/17:

  • B.A.ALK: Kern 6ac, 7ac, Komp: 3abd, 4a
  • B.A.AS: Kern: 6bc, Komp: 4a
  • M.A.ALK: 1acd, 3bc
  • M.A.AS: 2ab