The English Country House

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  • WS 18/19

Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154526 The English Country House 2 HS Di 16:00 – 17:30 R. 3.208 Piskurek

Course Description

There are few types of buildings that are as readily associated with a nostalgic version of England and Englishness as the English country house. These grand mansions used to be the symbols of the aristocracy's and the landed gentry's power and influence; nowadays, many have been turned into hotels or heritage sites owned by the National Trust. Recently, a new wave of country house texts like Downton Abbey or the politicization of the countryside in debates around Brexit have highlighted the ambiguity of the country house, alternating between national symbol and class marker.

Country houses are buildings from which one can read off many things that are of interest for students of British Cultural Studies: cultural meanings of architecture, shifts in class relations, different approaches to narrate and preserve 'Englishness', etc. Moreover, the country house has served as a space that has spurred the imagination of writers, painters and filmmakers alike, resulting in a myriad of country house texts.

In this seminar, we will study the architectural and social history of the country house, and we will discuss all kinds of literary and filmic representations of these mansions, from Jane Austen to Blur, from Brideshead Revisited to Downton Abbey.

Course Requirements

Course requirements will be discussed in the first session.


Lehramtsstudiengänge: MA BML 2005:
  • 1301, 1302, 1303
LPO 2003:
  • GHR: 5c
  • GyGe: 6ab
  • 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, 7bc, Komp: 3abc, 4a
  • B.A.AS: Kern: 6bc, Komp: 4a
  • M.A.ALK: 1abc, 2abc
  • M.A.AS: 2ab
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

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

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