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Imagining the City in Contemporary Canadian Literature - Einzelansicht

Veranstaltungsart Seminar Veranstaltungsnummer
SWS 2 Semester WiSe 2021/22
Einrichtung Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik   Sprache englisch
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Belegungsfrist 01.10.2021 - 10.11.2021

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Seminar Mi 12:00 bis 14:00 wöchentlich 27.10.2021 bis 16.02.2022 Preusser 22.12.2021: Akademische Weihnachtsferien
29.12.2021: Akademische Weihnachtsferien
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Dozent: Alisa Preusser (alisa.preusser@uni-potsdam.de)


Questions of place and space have long played a crucial role in shaping Canadian cultural and societal debates as well as national identity formation processes. This class will explore the significance of place and space in urban ‘CanLit’ as beyond questions of background and setting, and instead as key to the aesthetic, political, social and cultural agendas of works of Anglophone Canadian literature of the last 35 years. As we travel through Canada’s rich literary cityscapes, we will focus on experiences of marginalisation and the ways in which authors engage with and challenge urban narratives of Canada as a multicultural society and country of immigration. In cities as microcosms of social power structures we will encounter figures such as the trans-American outcast (Chanady) and ex-centric (Hutcheon) who are made to occupy positions at the margins of urban space and history from where they reconceptualise assumptions about the ‘Canadian city’. This class will introduce students to theories of urban space and place, which we will read in dialogue with the primary texts as we interrogate how and to what effect cities are constructed in literature by means of different literary strategies. In encountering both theoretical texts and a variety of literary forms (novel, short story, poetry), students will have the chance to practice their critical reading and writing skills, and are encouraged to develop their own research interests and questions. Students should be ready to approach the texts with curiosity and open-mindedness, to challenge and reflect on their own assumptions, and to take risks and make mistakes while doing so.


Please note: while the department seeks to return to in-presence teaching for the winter semester, this class will be taught online.

Literatur Please get a copy of Michael Ondaatje’s novel In the Skin of a Lion (1987). All other primary and secondary texts will be made accessible in due time.
Leistungsnachweis short paper

Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2021/22 , Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2024