Innocence and Origins: Coming of Age in Contemporary American Literature
DozentIn: Clayton Thompson, M.A.
Zeiten: Do. 10:00 - 12:00 (wöchentlich)
Beschreibung: In his engaging book titled Coming of Age in Contemporary American Fiction (2007), Kenneth Millard states that the American coming-of-age novel can be presumed “as walking the line between presenting its protagonist as a newborn who is innocent of history and of depicting a protagonist whose coming of age consists principally of acquiring historical knowledge.” This statement is indicative of the compelling journeys protagonists embark on in an attempt to find themselves in contemporary America. In this American Studies seminar, we will analyze a variety of literary texts in an attempt to interpret the character developments exhibited in the American coming- of-age novel.
In order for students to be successful in this course, they will be required to attentively read the assigned texts and novel(s) as well as prepare discussion topics and questions for in-person classes.
We will be reading and analyzing the following novels for this course:
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides (1993)*
Russel Banks, Rule of the Bone (1995)**
*This book can be purchased at Bücher Wenner for 11,50€ (ISBN 978-0-00-752430-3)
**It may prove difficult acquiring a copy of this book. If this is the case, sections of the novel will be uploaded to Stud.IP for us to read and analyze. We will discuss this further on our first day of class.
It is recommended that students obtain copies of the books (print or eBook) and begin reading them as soon as possible.
This course is open only for the ANG-V1 module, and as part of the examination requirements, you will need to hand in a term paper by March 15, 2023.