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  “Who Am I?”: Individual and Collective Identities

Touhid Chowdhury, M.A.

Studium Generale, Englischsprachig, Erweiterungsbereich
Zeit und Ort: Di 8:00 - 10:00, LU19/00.13

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches
1. Module Allocation:

BA Anglistik/Amerikanistik: Aufbaumodul Literaturwissenschaft / Aufbaumodul Kulturwissenschaft / freie Erweiterung: Seminar 6 ECTS
Ergänzungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft: Seminar max. 6 ECTS
BA Berufliche Bildung: Basis/Aufbaumodul Literaturwissenschaft: Seminar 6 ECTS
LA GS/HS/MS/RS: Basis/Aufbaumodul Literaturwissenschaft (b): Seminar 6 ECTS
LA GY: Aufbaumodul Literaturwissenschaft / Aufbaumodul Kulturwissenschaft: Seminar 6 ECTS

2. (De)Registration:

in FlexNow! (except for guest auditors): 01.09.2019, 10:00 - 01.12.2019, 23:59

guest auditors: please contact lecturer

Whichever way we conceive “identity,” individual or collective, it always has many precedents ranging from cultural backgrounds to the types of television shows one grows up with. The core idea of “identity” evolves around the timeless question: “who am I?” and the other relevant questions: "who and what do I appear: to myself and others." As a result, a person can be many things at once, even when these different “identities” appear inconsistent or even contradictory. Someone could be, for example, a political conservative, religiously atheist or conversely liberal. All these descriptions act as categories that describe us in a different context. Such markers or identifiers are vital to our life experiences, both within our known circles or surroundings and outside of them. In short, these markers or identifiers help us navigate or negotiate our way through the social landscape.
Through the lenses of literary and cultural studies, this seminar aims to analyze texts related to identity and identity formation. In-class discussion will be based on:
1. How do society and culture shape and challenge individual or collective identities?
2. How do we form our own personal identification markers/identity?
3. How do communities and individuals form identities?
4. How do power and hegemony operate within and through culture?
5. What causes individual and collective identities to change over time?
6. How do individuals and groups express their identities?
7. How are people and groups with particular identities viewed and treated by others?

The course will be built on engagement with academic readings of various definitions and theories of identity and identity formations from different academic disciplines. The objective of this course is to offer an understanding of various literary texts dealing with individual and collective identities. Students are expected to learn how to apply their understanding of literary and cultural theories to an interpretation of literary texts.

Empfohlene Literatur

Anthony Elliot. Ed. Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies

Literary Texts:

Mira Jacob. Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversation
Zadie Smith. White Teeth
David Mitchell. Cloud Atlas
Chris Cleve. Little Bee

Englischsprachige Informationen:
Credits: 6

Zusätzliche Informationen
Erwartete Teilnehmerzahl: 25

Institution: Lehrstuhl für Englische Literaturwissenschaft

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