Seminar: Crossing Borders in Contemporary American Fiction - Vertiefungsmodul - Details
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Course name Seminar: Crossing Borders in Contemporary American Fiction - Vertiefungsmodul
Course number ANG.04629.02
Semester SoSe 2023
Current number of participants 14
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Courses type Seminar in category Offizielle Lehrveranstaltungen
First date Thursday, 13.04.2023 10:15 - 11:45, Room: Hörsaal XIII [Löw]
Studiengänge (für) ANG.04629.02 für LA Gym, Sek Englisch (2012+2015)/ LA Förder (Sekundar) Englisch (2012+2015) / MA Engl. Spr. u Lit 45/75 LP (2015) / MA Angloam. Lit., Spr u Kult. 120 LP (2015)

Module assignments


The aim of this course is threefold: first, we will focus on “border studies” and engage with various concepts and terms that are revelant to this approach (e.g., dichotomies such as “self” vs. “other” and “inside” vs. “outside” etc., “borderlands,” “sites of contestation,” and immigration); second, we will examine geographical borders – especially the Canadian-U.S. and the Mexican-U.S. borders – and study the ways in which literary narratives about border crossings highlight these issues and other issues (gender, identity, race, and class); third, we will move to science fiction and the “new frontier” in order to explore imaginary ways of crossing boundaries (e.g., genres, humans and robots/animals). Our journey will take us from actual to metaphorical boundaries and include literary texts (e.g., Thomas King’s short story “Borders” and the graphic novel adaptation; Ana Castillo’s The Guardians; and Octavia E. Butler’s short story “Bloodchild”), the Netflix documentary Immigrant Nation, and science fiction TV series (e.g., Westworld or The Expanse).

Required Texts:

- King, Thomas and Natasha Donovan. Borders. Little, Brown Ink, 2022.
- Ana Castillo. The Guardians: A Novel. Random, 2008.
- Other course material will be made available on the ILIAS platform.

Diese Lehrveranstaltung ist im Studienbegleitprogramm von gender*bildet (Zertifikat Gender Studies) anrechenbar. Nähere Informationen finden Sie unter diesem Link:

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Beschränkte Teilnehmendenanzahl: Crossing Borders in Contemporary American Fiction".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats will be assigned in order of enrolment.
  • The enrolment is possible from 15.03.2023, 11:30 to 21.04.2023, 23:59.