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The Lure of the Exotic: Global Perspectives in 18th and 19th Century Literature

How did Germany - not a colonial power until the 19th century - engage with or participate in the increasing European expansion across the globe?

How does German-speaking literature imagine and assess other cultural or religious traditions in the 18thand 19th centuries?

The course introduces postcolonial theory, examines the historical framework of expansion as well as exploration, and looks at the literary and social environments the set texts were written in. We focus on different aspects which may include science, religion, gender, race, revolution, and slavery.

Term 1 materials are likely to include:

  • Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: Nathan der Weise
  • Sophie von La Roche: Erscheinungen am See Oneida
  • Johann Gottfried Herder: Neger-Idyllen
  • Heinrich von Kleist: Verlobung von St Domingo
  • Henriette Fröhlich: Virginia oder Die Kolonie von Kentucky: Mehr Wahrheit als Dichtung

Materials for Term 2: TBC

This module will be taught and assessed in German.

Coordinator:  Professor Claudia Nitschke

Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment.