Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies
DozentIn: Dr. phil. Anja Höing, M.Ed.
Zeiten: Do. 10:00 - 12:00 (wöchentlich)
Beschreibung: This course is designed to introduce first semester students to the basics of literary and cultural studies and analysis, including research skills and reading strategies, as well as writing skills. Students will perform a variety of assignments and engage with a broad spectrum of texts in order to comprehend what it means to “do” literary and cultural studies. The pass/fail semester grade is based on your participation, your attendance of a tutorial, the writing projects, and a final, formal academic paper. Our specific aims include:
- to gather a portable toolbox of ideas that we can bring to texts (literary, filmic, televisual, etc.)
- to identify how formal qualities influence our understanding and interpretation of texts
- to utilize the library system and its online resources/databases
- to continually engage with the writing and researching process, and to master the basic framework that goes into the structure of a formal academic paper (incl. citations and bibliographic referencing according to the MLA Handbook guidelines)
Prerequisites: regular attendance, active participation, group work, periodic written assignments (incl. draft introduction), library tour (UB1) & database introduction (UB 2), a short academic paper at the end of the semester; attendance of a tutorial. The Introduction course is mandatory for ALL students. Come prepared and alert, and ready for conversation.
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). Please buy a print version of this book.
- You will find most additional course readings in the Stud.IP folder “Reader”. Additional material will be distributed in class and/ or made available online. Check Stud-IP for updates, announcements, and changes!
This course goes with a tutorial: 7.110113, "Übung (verpflichtend) zu Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies (Höing)"; Tuesdays 4-5pm, Room 41/111.
When registering for the Introduction course, make sure that your timetable fits both course and tutorial. You cannot sign into the tutorial yourself but will be signed in by your lecturer after the first session of the Introduction course.