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|154227||Literary Islands||2 HS||Di 14:15 - 15:45||digital||Lenz|
“No man is an island“
This is the title and first line of John Donne’s famous poem. He goes on to claim that every man (and thus every island) is part of a larger structure, “part of the main”. But is that not the opposite of what makes an island special – its insularity, its closed-offness, its remoteness? Islands are popular holiday destinations – Majorca, Thai or Balinese islands, Cuba, the list is near endless – but whereas tourists can leave at their own leisure, many famous island dwellers could not, Robinson Crusoe being the most widely-known example. In this course we will discuss texts that construct islands and their inhabitants and discuss the idea of insularity, identity and relationships. In doing so we will be employing concepts from island studies as well as cultural geography. The phenomenon of the (literary) island will be at the foreground of this course.
Since the semester will be held digitally, you may also buy the e-reader versions of the texts.
- Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe (Penguin Classics edition is recommended, but the Penguin English Library edition is fine too)
- Michael Crummey Sweetland
- Mary Ann Shaffer The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
- Neil Plakcy Mahu Blood
Credits will be awarded on the basis of either:
- Hausarbeit’/term paper
- ‘aktive Teilnahme’
- Written exam
- Literature and Culture Project
Personal attendance during the first session is required to maintain the enrolment status.
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