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Borders in Exile, Migration and War

Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka

Englischsprachig, Erweiterungsbereich
Zeit und Ort: Mi 18:00 - 20:00, U9/01.11, LU19/00.13; Einzeltermin am 17.12.2019 20:00 - 22:00, U2/00.26

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches
1. Module Allocation:
BA Anglistik/Amerikanistik:
Vertiefungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft / Kulturwissenschaft: Seminar (8 ECTS)

BA Anglistik/Amerikanistik (bis einschließl. Studienbeginn zum WS 2008/09):
freie Erweiterung: Seminar 6 ECTS

Vertiefungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft / Kulturwissenschaft: Seminar (8 ECTS)

MA English and American Studies:
Master Module English and American Literature/Culture: Seminar (8 ECTS)
Profile Module English and American Literature I-VI/Culture I-VI: Seminar (8, 6, 5 or 4 ECTS)
Consolidation Module English and American Literature I-IV/ Culture I-IV: Seminar (8, 6, 5 or 4 ECTS)

Erweiterungsbereich English and American Studies:
Master Module or Profile Module I or III English and American Literature/Culture: Seminar (8 ECTS)

Erasmus and other visiting students:
Seminar (6 or 8 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

De Bernières has one of his protagonists say "For birds with wings nothing changes; they fly where they will and they know nothing about borders and their quarrels are very small."

Nothing seems as fluid as borders. In the period of nationhood, wars were fought to define and protect national or ideological borders. Ethnic cleansings and relocations of entire ethnicities or religious groups became official policy to create homogenous nations. In the late twentieth century and in our time, walls were removed and built to protect and define national identities. The attacks of 9/11 and the asymmetrical wars and refugee movements that followed introduced new concepts of borders. Border dynamics include concepts of debordering and rebordering. Traditional topographies disappear and are re-created as symbolic and functional spaces that are defined by mobile borders and networks. This also redefines the relation between literature and the nation-state and between the stability of printed books and the sovereignty of national borders, a connection studied since Benedict Anderson published Imagined Communities (1983).

Writers we will discuss in these contexts include Salman Rushdie, Louis de Bernières, Kapka Kassabova, Mirsolav Penkov, Johnathan Safran Foer, Michael Ondaatje, Seamus Deane, Howard Brenton, Caryl Phillips, Bernardine Evaristo, Hugo Hamilton, and others.
On 17 December, an extra appointment will be held in U2/00.26 (8 p.m.). On this day, Eva Thüne will give a lecture on Kindertransporte, the sending of Jewish children into Britain during WWII to save them from the Nazi regime - a very pertinent topic for (crossing) borders. This lecture is part of the class programme and should be attended by all students fluent in German.

Empfohlene Literatur
Texts will be made available in the seminar.

Englischsprachige Informationen:
Credits: 8

Zusätzliche Informationen
Erwartete Teilnehmerzahl: 15

Institution: Lehrstuhl für Englische Literaturwissenschaft

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