Welcome to the Jungle: Narrating and Constructing the Wilderness

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  • WS 18/19

Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154521 Welcome to the Jungle: Narrating and Constructing the Wilderness 2 HS Mi 12:15 – 13:45 R. 3.208 Lenz

Course Description

You wanna rumble in my jungle
I'll take you on
(Robyn “Konichiwa Bitches”)

Everybody has an idea what the jungle is like: lush plants, a copious amount of vines, the sounds of birds and monkeys piercing the misty air, indigenous tribes in loincloths, and the constant danger of poisonous snakes and predatory felines.
In this course, a new approach to the jungle shall be attempted, namely trying to figure out whether the jungle can be more than the mere backdrop for anthropological studies and animal hunters. Especially the construction of the jungle in fiction and real-life events is in the focus and together we will consider how the jungle with all its facets is narrated and what this means for author, reader and (fictitious) protagonists.

A keen interest in theoretical approaches and the application of the same is expected as well as active participation.

This course is highly recommended for students who have attended the course “Welcome to the Jungle: Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Books”.

Course Requirements

Credits will be awarded on the basis of one of the following:
AT (active participation), written test (Klausur), term paper or project.

Attendance at the first session is mandatory!

Required Reading

Please buy the following texts and start reading soon as they are not easy reads!

  • Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness. (Recommended version: Norton Critical Edition, ISBN 978-0393264869)
  • Ned Beauman Madness Is Better Than Defeat. (ISBN: 978-1473613591)

There will be additional texts in a reader (available at the beginning of the semester) and you are required to watch specific movies.


Lehramtsstudiengänge: MA BML 2005:
  • 1301, 1302
LPO 2003:
  • GHR:
  • GyGe:
  • SP1. Fach:
  • SP2. Fach:
  • BK:
LABG 2009:
  • G: 703, 704
  • HRG: 601, 1001
  • GyGe/BK: 601, 1001
  • SP: 703
LABG 2016:
  • G: 601, 703, 704
  • HRSGe: 601, 1001
  • GyGe/BK: 601, 1001
  • SP: 703
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:

  • B.A.ALK: Kern: 6abc, 7ab, Komp: 3abc
  • B.A.AS: Kern: 6bc, Komp: 4a
  • M.A.ALK: 1abc
  • M.A.AS: 2ab
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/

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

  • B.A.ALK: Kern 6ac, 7ab, Komp: 3abd
  • B.A.AS: Kern: 6bc, Komp: 4a
  • M.A.ALK: 1acd
  • M.A.AS: 2ab