Upcoming Winter Term 2018-2019

Current lectures at the English Department

The following list states all the lectures that are currently held by our members of staff. Please be aware that this website serves the sole purpose of giving an overview with basic information. Therefore, the list does not include any details on course or module requirements. Detailed information of every lecture and course may only be retrieved from HIS-LSF. General information about coursework and credits is available here.

Book Studies

Text, Book and Culture: An Introduction to Book Studies (094592) [Mondays: 14-16]

Lecturer: AOR Simon Rosenberg
Location: ES 131
Short information: "Book studies" is a relatively new discipline. It developed from "analytical bibliography" which focused on the book as a physical object towards a highly interdisciplinary field of study which encompasses the production, distribution and reception of the "book" in combination with all possible external powers like economic, political, sociocultural, legal and religious influences. Based on bibliography, history as well as literary studies, book studies helps explain how books were produced, why they took the forms they did, their relations with other media, and what impact they had on the minds and actions of those who encountered them ("the book as a force for change," as Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin phrased it).

This lecture offers an introduction to this discipline and its most important developments. Selected case studies with a special focus on the history of the book in anglophone countries will shed light on the usefulness of this discipline.  

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Selected Aspects of SLA/ELT (094666) [Wednesdays: 16-18]

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Frauke Matz
Location: F2, Fürstenberghaus
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Introduction to the Pronunciation of English (092619) [Mondays: 14-16]

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gut
Location: Audimax, English Department  [The location changes to F2, Fürstenberghaus on 8 October 2018!]

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Introduction to Semantics (094815) [Wednesdays: 14-16]

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Dejan Matic
Location: F3, Fürstenberghaus
Short information: This lecture is intended to provide a general introduction into the investigation of linguistic meaning, starting with the notion of meaning itself, all the way to the complexities of the cross-linguistic comparison of semantic systems. Special attention will be paid to the comparison of different approaches to semantics, the place of semantics within grammar, the relationship between semantics and pragmatics, lexical semantics and propositional semantics. Basic notions of formal semantics will be introduced as well.

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Literary and Cultural Studies

'Remember the Ship in Citizenship': Migration, displacement, refugeeship (094591) [Mondays: 12-14]

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Mark U Stein
Location: JO 1, Johannistr. 4
Short information: "The migrant" is taken to be the root of a so-called crisis by many. Arguably, crises are what causes migration, because "no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark", as Warsan Shire wrote. This lecture focuses on literary and cultural products which reflect on migration, displacement, and refugeeship. After engaging with these and related terms on a conceptual level, we will read anglophone texts from a range of backgrounds. The aims are to generate a critical historical perspective on literatures of displacment and refugeeship; to compare texts from different periods and cultural backgrounds; and to engage with political and cultural interventions wielded by these cultural texts.

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Aspects of the Victorian Novel (094588) [Mondays: 16-18]

Lecturer: t.b.a.
Location: SP 7, Schlossplatz 7 (Hof)
Short information: ‘Victorian’ denotes both a certain period in British history (1837–1901) and a specific genre in English literature. We will look at the English novel, written during the Victorian Age, from both a historical and a systematic perspective. The Victorian novel is famous for its stern sense of morality, sex and politics and we will challenge this reputation. Far from prudish, these novels implicitly addresses a number of moral, sexual and political issues to a degree that decries the myth of the Victorian Novel. Aspects we will discuss include class, gender, sex, politics, money, dirt, hygiene, marriage, prostitution, madness, emotions, hierarchies and the general upheaval of social change simmering underneath it all.

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