The Sublime, the Uncanny, and the Abject: The Dark Side 1800-2017

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Semester

  • WS 17/18

Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154662 The Sublime, the Uncanny, and the Abject: The Dark Side 1800-2017 2 HS Di 14:15 – 15:45;
  • Film Screening

Di 16:00 - 18:00

R. 0.420 Gunzenhäuser

Course Description

"Alas! my heart droops, and my fingers are enervated; my ideas are vivid, but my language is faint; now know I what it is to entertain incommunicable sentiments. [...] What but ambiguities, abruptness, and dark transitions, can be expected from the historian who is, at the same time, the sufferer of these disasters?" These words are written by Clara Wieland, the protagonist of Charles Brockden Brown's Gothic romance Wieland. At the end of the 18th century, Brown called this novel about a deeply disturbed woman who writes about her own fate, an "American Tale." Other prose texts in this dark mode were to follow, texts by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and, of course, by Edgar Allan Poe. The Romantic texts that fall into the category of darkness and gore take it upon themselves to explore the remotest regions of human experience. At the same time, they suggest ways of dealing with the horrible, the awful, the dreadful, the sublime, and the abject and they reach out to new kinds of audiences, media, and markets. They show ways of overcoming the horror and of eventually profiting from this aesthetic experience. This tradition was continued in the 20th and 21st centuries. Up to this day, novels, movies, tv series, as well as bands and computer games take up the genre and/or style of the Gothic. Be prepared to read theory and to do close readings of troubling texts! Please read Edgar Allan Poe’s essay “The Philosophy of Composition” and his poem “The Raven” on Project Gutenberg before class starts: In addition, there will be compulsory film screening sessions on some Tuesdays starting at 4 p.m.!

Particularly recommended for students of the Angewandte Studiengänge.

Reading List

Be prepared to read theory and to do close readings of troubling texts! Please read Edgar Allan Poe’s essay “The Philosophy of Composition” and his poem “The Raven” on Project Gutenberg (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/10031/10031-h/10031-h.htm) before class starts

Modules

Modulzuordnungen
Lehramtsstudiengänge: MA Lehramt:
  • 1401, 1402, 1403
LPO 2003:
  • GHR: 5b
  • GyGe: 6c, 6d, 7c, 7d
  • SP1. Fach:5b
  • SP2. Fach: 4b
  • BK: 6c, 6d, 7c, 7d
LABG 2009:
  • G: 703, 704
  • HRG: 602, 1001
  • GyGe/BK: 602, 701, 702, 1002
  • SP: 703
LABG 2016:
  • G: 602, 703, 704
  • HRSGe: 602, 1002
  • GyGe/BK: 602, 701, 702, 1002
  • SP: 703
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:

  • B.A.ALK:Kern: 6abc, 7abc Komp: 3abc, 4a
    • PO ab WS 16/17: Kern: 6abc, 7abc Komp: 3abcd, 4a
  • B.A.AS: Kern: 6bc Komp: 4a
    • PO ab WS 16/17: Kern: 6bc Komp: 4a
  • M.A.ALK: 1abc, 2abc
    • PO ab WS 16/17: 1abcd, 2abc
  • M.A.AS: 2ab
    • PO ab WS 16/17: 2ab