Nanny, Governess and Butler: The British Way of Serving

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154221 Nanny, Governess and Butler: The British Way of Serving - Group A 2 HS Di 12:15 – 13:45 R. 3.206 Binder
154222 Nanny, Governess and Butler: The British Way of Serving - Group B 2 HS Di 14:15 – 15:45 R. 3.206 Binder
Course Description

British domestic service is special. This is a picture that emerges very quickly by comparison to service on the Continent or in the US, be it the service of a nanny, a governess, a butler or other domestics. The course invites participants to have a closer look at this socio-cultural phenomenon from the perspectives of British Literary and Cultural Studies. We will explore the British way of serving through the discourses of historiography, fiction, fantasy/children’s literature and autobiography. The primary literature dates from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From these readings emerges a complex understanding of the intriguing intersection of domestic service with issues of class, gender, social status, education and identity

Mandatory reading
  • primary literature; recommended for purchase
    • Brontë, Charlotte: Jane Eyre (1847) [C11330]*
    • Brontë, Anne: Agnes Grey (1847) [SEL B 22/10; JcF 16393]*
    • Sackville-West, Vita: The Edwardians (1930) [[SEL S 106/10]*
    • Travers, Pamela: Mary Poppins (1934) [SEM 430/22]*
    • Ishiguro, Kazuo: The Remains of the Day (1989) [SEL 14/11; C24925]*
    • Sanders, Valerie, ed. (2000), Records of Girlhood: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Women’s Childhoods. Aldershot et al.: Ashgate. [SEK 2810-7; C 23101; LCa 333/HL 9253]*

*Contained in Handapparat

  • A ‘Reader’ will be available a week prior to the beginning of the course (“Copyshop”).
Course Requirements

When you pick the course, please consider the particular requirements you need to fulfil according to your examination regulations. As to requirements, credits will be awarded on the basis of either:

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

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!

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2016 601, 703, 704 601, 1001 601, 701, 702, 1001 703
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