Summer Term 2018

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

Disinterested Agents? Literary Book Awards and the Publishing Industry (092620) [Mondays: 16-18]

Lecturer: AOR Simon Rosenberg
Location: AE 11, Aegidiistr. 5
Short information: Prizes are everywhere. Every conceivable achievement of humankind, from “outstanding contributions in world peace” to “best kissing scene in a movie”, seems to have some sort of prize. Especially literary prizes are ubiquitous. In Germany alone, it is estimated that up to 700 prizes are awarded every year.This lecture reveals some of the mechanisms that lie behind the awards for literary prizes. We will look at the institutions, sponsors, winners (and losers) and ultimately at the repercussions of literary prizes. Whereas the lecture will primarily address book studies-related issues, guest speakers about Bob Dylan and Kazuo Ishiguro will also address the position of literary studies.

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Selected Aspects of SLA/ELT (092618) [Wednesdays: 16-18]

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Frauke Matz
Location: F2, Fürstenberghaus
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The Story of English (092619) [Mondays: 14-16]

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gut
Location: Audimax, English Department
Short information: This lecture gives an overview of many different accents of English that have developed world-wide, including the British, Scottish, American, Canadian, Australian, Indian, Singaporean and Nigerian accents. Apart from describing the segmental and prosodic characteristics of these accents and discussing factors that might have influenced them, the lecture will also focus on various methods for investigating accent differences: e.g. the auditory method, acoustic analyses as well as models of speech rhythm and intonation.

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Introduction to Pragmatics / Einführung in die Pragmatik (093120) [Tuesdays: 16-18]

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Dejan Matic
Location: JO 1, Johannisstr. 4
Short information: There is no consensus on the question of what pragmatics actually deals with. While some consider its object to be any kind of context-sensitive meaning, others confine the field of pragmatics to non-truth-conditional meaning only. Others yet define pragmatics as the general theory of the use of linguistic sings of any kind. The purpose of this course is to introduce the phenomena that traditionally fall under the label ‘pragmatics’ irrespective of the unresolved definitional issues and provide an overview of this complex linguistic discipline. Attention will be paid both to the topics stemming from language philosophy (literal vs. non-literal meaning, implicature, speech acts, or presupposition) and to rhetorical and sociolinguistic topics (irony, politeness, conversation rules, etc.). At the end of the course some recent developments in formal and experimental pragmatics will be broached and critically evaluated.

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Literary and Cultural Studies

#Black_Texts_Matter (092617) [Mondays: 12-14]

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Mark U Stein
Location: JO 1, Johannistr. 4
Short information: This lecture course surveys the extensive and varied body of black and Asian British writing that has emerged since the second half of the eighteenth century.

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Contemporary Anglophone Literature (092616) [Mondays: 18-20]

Lecturer: Dr. Franziska Quabeck
Location: Audimax, English Department [The location changes on 23 July to F1, Fürstenberghaus]
Short information: The lecture will cover a series of contemporary authors who write in the English language. ‘Contemporary’ here means texts from the late 1980s to the present day and all three major genres will be included. We will follow many critics’ interest in how contemporary authors ‘narrate’ shared cultural life, a cosmopolitan existence, global ethics and national and international conflict. A special focus shall lie on the methods authors employ to narrate and negotiate questions of identity and sources of the self. Students have to read two texts from the list.

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