We, the Jury: The Trial in U.S-American Culture and Literature
DozentIn: Prof. Dr. phil. Peter Schneck
Zeiten: Di. 08:30 - 10:00 (wöchentlich)
Beschreibung: The court room trial presents an iconic and representative situation in U.S.-American culture. Its fundamentally antagonistic structure, its intensive investment in revelation and judgement, as well as its fundamental epistemological and ethical orientation towards the establishment of truth and justice, mark the court room trial as an essential cultural arena of contest, conflict and the struggle for legitimacy.
This course will look at the legal and cultural history of the court room trial, its major function as a forum of truth, evidence and judgment, and its literary and cultural function and representation.
A more detailed description will be available before the seminar starts, both on StudIP and on the moodle platform.
Students are strongly encouraged to check the course pages regularly, there will be preparatory material which has to be read before the seminar convenes.
For introductory reading:
Robert A. Ferguson. The Trial in American Life. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2007.
Important note for BA students: Advanced bachelor students may attend the course, provided there is still space. You need to talk to the instructor before the seminar begins in order to be placed in the seminar.