BA (Teilgebiete 1.2, A4, A7); BA ISIS; Lehramt alt: A4, neu: VM Lit; MAIAS electives extension)
PS 2st, Mo 16-18 

Fans of Sherlock Holmes know that the world's most famous detective has always come in many (dis)guises; and it is these versions (and subversions) we will be looking at in this seminar. Starting with the textual and contextual analysis of Conan Doyle's most famous Holmesian narratives, we will then explore textual and filmic spin-offs and adaptations bound to take us far beyond Baker Street.

The following texts will be considered: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet (1887), The Hound of the Baskerville (1902); selected short stories from The Complete Stories (any edition) 

Starting date: April 18, 2016
This course is limited to 30 participants. 

MAIAS A 1.1., A 1.2, other MAs, BIGSAS, Bayreuth
Graduate School
HS 2st, Do 14-16, every other week

This seminar will discuss intertextualities that affect works of William Shakespeare. Students are
invited to select one Shakespeare play of their choice and discuss given sources for this play with
a keen interest in digging into its African or Asian "connections”. Which languages did
Shakespeare speak/read/understand, which texts did he know, how did texts travel to London, or
did Shakespeare travel beyond Europe? These and further questions are to be identified and
answered. The course continues a course started in WS 15/16, yet is open for new beginners, too.
The course will lead to a workshop in which all students will present their research findings
to the public, be it as lecture, exhibition, video installation or (stage) performance.

This introductory lecture surveys English literature from c. 1400 to the beginning of the seventeenth century. We shall discuss texts ranging from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde to Elizabethan tragedy, comedy, and history plays (with particular emphasis on Shakespeare's Othello, As You Like It and Henry V, but also on the dramatic writings of Shakespeare's contemporaries). Further, the lecture will introduce students to the poetry and poetics of Renaissance England and a variety of prose writings of the period.

Satire is a mode of expression and criticism of ancient standing, and its forms and functions have varied greatly over time. By many accounts, eighteenth century Britain saw a particular blossoming of the form, and in this class, we shall consider satiric works from the period across a number of media, including prose, drama, poetry, and the visual arts. We will supplement this with theoretical readings on satire and its relationship to other rhetorical and generic forms, such as parody, irony, and comedy. We will inquire into the place of satire in eighteenth-century British culture and examine contemporary debates about its purposes and limits. Next to a number of theoretical readings, we will consider satirists including Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Henry Fielding, as well as the dramatist John Gay and the painter and engraver William Hogarth.

The theatre has played a special part in the colonial and postcolonial negotiation of Irish national and cultural identity. In this class, we shall trace the critical representation of Irishness on the country's stages from the first conception of the Irish National Theatre at the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. Prime among our concerns will be the ways in which Irish playwrights from W.B. Yeats to Martin McDonagh construct versions of the national past and of exile, creating or debunking nationalist interpretations of home and of history. Whereas earlier playwrights self-consciously participated in the struggle for independence, more recent plays tend to deconstruct traditional notions of national identity or highlight those who were written out of the official version of Irish history. In our reading of plays by J. M. Synge, Brian Friel, Sebastian Barry and others, we will explore the alternatives for collective identities they offer, and the possibilities afforded by the stage for their negotiation.

BA Anglistik/Amerikanistik B2 (Teilgebiete 1.1., 1.2., 1.4,
1.5); BA ISIS, other BAs, Lehramt B2c/SM Kult, MAIAS A
HS 2st, Fr 12-14, every other week, + Blockseminar tba

This seminar is designed for graduate students at the MA or PhD level, yet open for
advanced students on BA and LA level.
his course aims to introduce students to the field of Critical Whiteness Studies as a branch of
Postcolonial and Critical Race Studies. It pursues an intersectional focus on race as a construct,
category of analysis and social position. In doing so, literary theory is at the fore. Theoretical texts
by bell hooks, Toni Morrison, Ruth Frankenberg and Ursula Wachendorfer will be read. In the
second part of the course, whiteness will be mobilised as a critical category of analysis. In doing
so, British literature will be approached in historical perspective.

BA ISIS A 3.1, other BAs, Lehramt LA A4/VMu.SM Lit, MA KuGeA, MAIAS - elective.

PS 2st, Fr 18-20, every other week + Blockseminar tba

This course aims to introduce students to the field of inter- and transcultural studies. It pursues a
focus on concepts such as identity, migration and diaspora. In doing so, literary theory is at the
fore. Theoretical texts by Wolfgang Welsch. Stuart Hall, Édouard Glissant, Gayatri Spivak and
Kwame Appiah will be read. In the second part of the course, texts by British, German, Nigerian
and US-American writers such as Chimamanda Adichie, Bernardine Evaristo, Pauline Melville,
Philipp Khabo Köpsell, David Treuer and Zadie Smith will be discussed.

In this class, we shall examine Shakespeare's tragic oeuvre by way of three plays: Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, and Macbeth. We will begin by considering the dramatic traditions Shakespeare was working in, and transforming. This will lead us to examine not only classical and early modern theories of tragedy and the specificities of performance on the early modern stage, but also earlier specimens of Elizabethan tragedy by Thomas Kyd and Christopher Marlowe. Further, we shall study the social and cultural discourses the plays engage, such as Elizabethan and Jacobean ideas of cosmic, national and familial order, conceptions of gender, theology and scepticism, and subjectivity. We shall attend in particular to the patterns Shakespeare lends his plays in transforming his sources. 

Please read the plays over the semester break, and make sure to use the following editions: 

  • Shakespeare, William. Titus Andronicus. Ed. Jonathan Bate. London: Routledge, 1995. Print. The Arden Shakespeare Third Series. ISBN 1903436052
  • ---. Hamlet. Ed. Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor. London: Arden Shakespeare, 2006. Print. The Arden Shakespeare Third Series. ISBN 9781904271321
  • ---. Macbeth. Ed. Sandra Clark and Pamela Mason. London: Bloomsbury, 2015. Print. The Arden Shakespeare Third Series. ISBN 9781408153741

MAIAS C3, MAIAS elective, other MAs, BIGSAS, Bayreuth
Graduate School
HS 2st, Fr 14-16, every other week

This seminar is designed for graduate students at the MA or PhD level. This Research Seminar is
designed for in-depth discussion concerning methodical and analytical approaches to Transcultural
English Studies. Topics will revolve around participants' research projects that deal with British and
Anglophone literature, film, theatre and new media/internet. We will read recently published core
texts in the field of postcolonial studies, (trans)cultural studies, gender studies, post-human and
digital studies. In doing so, the seminar offers a platform to discuss questions regarding the
methodology and theory of student's research projects. The seminar will be concluded by a
blocked session that offers students a platform to present their readings of these theories as
related to their own theses/term papers in a workshop-like atmosphere.

Lehramt B2d/EM FW
Ü 2st, Fr 16-18, every other week + Blockseminar tba

seminar room: S121 GW1

Diese Übung dient der Vorbereitung von Lehramtsstudierenden auf die Erste Staatsprüfung.
Überblickswissen ist zu festigen, Instrumentarien der literaturwissenschaftlichen Analyse sind zu
vertiefen und der Umgang mit Klausurfragen ist zu erlernen. In der ersten Sitzung werden
Interessen sondiert und der Kursplan erarbeitet. In jeder Sitzung warden wir zumindest eine alte
Staatsexamensfrage bearbeiten. Zu den Aufgaben der Studierenden gehört es, einen Vortrag zu
einer dieser Staatsexamensfrage zu halten. Probestaatsexamen können geschrieben werden.

In this class, we shall examine some of the discourses generated by colonial ventures of the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries. How and in what terms, we shall ask, did the British think and talk about ruling plantations and colonies abroad? How did the challenges of colonialism (political, legal, administrative, military, but also moral) affect the early modern nation's self-image? We will consider English colonial ventures in Ireland and the Americas, but also writings by French and Spanish authors such as Michel de Montaigne and Bartolome de las Casas (in English translation). Our main focus will be on literary renditions of colonialism, including texts such as Shakespeare's The Tempest, Spenser's The Faerie Queene, and Behn's Oroonoko.