Captives, Tricksters, & Rebels: The Emergence of the American Essay

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Sommersemester 2019

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154667 Captives, Tricksters, & Rebels: The Emergence of the American Essay - Group A 2 HS Mi 14:15 - 15:45 R. 0.406 Madore
154664 Captives, Tricksters, & Rebels: The Emergence of the American Essay - Group B 2 HS Di 12:15 - 13:45 R. 0.420 Madore
Course Description

Owing its name to Montaigne’s Essais, or Attempts, the essay may be slipperiest literary form. Perhaps best described as a “mind on the page,” a compelling literary essay is an often digressive attempt to explain or advance a writer’s most intimate thoughts, to make meaning out of the world and events of our time. The modern nonfiction essay is a playful, eccentric form, marrying the character intensity of a novel with the wild lyricism and descriptive power of poetry.
This course will be a survey of American nonfiction forms before 1900. Beginning with Native American oral traditions and the accounts of early colonists, we’ll continue through blockbuster captivity narratives and plantation tales, personal letters, early literary pranks, the philosophical musings Emerson and Thoreau, the comedic stylings of Franklin and Twain, and reporting from nation’s bitterest battlefields. Through wide reading and demanding discussions, we’ll struggle together towards an understanding of a genre that has transgressed, confounded, and delighted.
Ethan J. Madore is guest lecturer from the University of Iowa. Particularly recommended for the Angewandte Studiengänge

Modules
Modulzuordnungen
Lehramtsstudiengänge
LABG G: HRG/HRSGe GyGe/BK SP
2009 602 602, 701, 702
2016 602 602 602, 701, 702
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:
B.A.ALK: B.A.AS: M.A.ALK: M.A.AS:
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