Summer Term 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

The Book in Transition (096720) [Mondays: 14-16]

First session: 8 April 2019

Lecturer: AOR Simon Rosenberg
Location: AE 11, Aegidiistr. 5
Short information:

The book is one of the oldest mediums in the world. It underwent multiple changes throughout its history. In codex-form, it developed from manuscripts towards a mass-produced industrialized combination of cultural object and commercial commodity. all the way to e-books readable on a computer screen, a smartphone or a tablet PC. This lecture takes a closer look at these changes and their repercussions. It also introduces the concept of book value categories to help explain why the book took the forms it did.


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Selected Aspects of SLA/ELT (096670) [Wednesdays: 16-18]

First session: 3 April 2019

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Frauke Matz
Location: JO 1, Johannisstr. 4
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The evolution of Englishes (096669) [Wednesdays: 14-16]

First session: 10 April 2019

Lecturer: Dr. Michael Westphal
Location: JO1, Johannisstr. 4
Short information: The lecture address the evolution of English from different perspectives. We will discuss different theories on the evolution and the current status of English worldwide. A major focus will be on the evolution of different Englishes in different postcolonial speech communities, ranging from the USA to Jamaica, Trinidad, the Philippines, and Bangladesh. We will also discuss the role of English in Germany and the EU and address how English language teaching needs to address the global diversity of English.

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Variation in Language Acquisition and Multilingualism (096721) [Tuesdays: 14-16]

First session: 9 April 2019

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gut and Prof. Dr. Christine Dimroth
Location: F5, Fürstenberghaus
Short information: In der Ringvorlesung präsentieren Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der WWU und externe Gäste aktuelle Ergebnisse ihrer empirischen Forschung zu Fragen der Variation in Spracherwerb und Mehrsprachigkeit. Vortragssprachen sind Deutsch und Englisch.

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Sentence and utterance (096820) [Wednesdays: 12-14]

First session: 3 April 2019

Lecturer: Dr. Pavel Ozerov
Location: VSH 219 Aula, vom Stein Haus
Short information: Sentence and clause are basic units of almost any grammatical theory, central to linguistic analysis and language description. However, surprisingly, the definition of this basic concept is vague and highly disputed. Moreover, natural data demonstrate numerous exceptions to this idea, as well as the relevance of intonation for the definition and identification of basic grammatical units. For example, everyday speech is abundant with sub-sentential utterances: Information is often conveyed through series of sub-sentential units. (“-Two coffees, please.” “-Sugar?” “-Yes. In both.”). Furthermore, many languages of the world (in particular East-Asian) employ stand-alone predicates as a full utterance (“Go” for “I went/He is going/She went…”). This course will survey some theoretical approaches to the concept of sentence and clause, and their relation to the concepts of speech act and utterance. We will examine the applicability of these ideas to typologically different languages and to natural conversation and will explore the alternatives proposed in the literature.

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Literary and Cultural Studies

South Asian Diaspora Literature (096637) [Tuesdays: 12-14]

First session: 2 April 2019

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Mark U Stein
Location: JO 1, Johannistr. 4
Short information: The migration from South Asia (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, and Pakistan) can be divided into two distinct strands: first, the indentured labourers in the late 19th century to the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia; second, the mid-20th century migrations to the UK, USA, Canada, and elsewhere. These groups can be formalized as diasporas: communities who share a common national or ethnic or cultural origin, and who may share a common language and a common religious faith.
What texts by Salman Rushdie, MG Vassanji, Jhumpa Lahiri, Bharati Mukherjee, Romesh Gunesekera, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Kiran Desai, and Monica Ali share, is that they are written in diaspora. They are penned not in South Asia ... but elsewhere. There is some distance, then, between these texts and their authors’ 'cultural origins'.
Diaspora literatures reflect and promote connections between cultural origins and present locations; they mediate different social and cultural groups; they reach back to distinct historical moments; they remember departures and arrivals – and what came before, after, and in between. They draw on collective memory, they add to it, and in the process revise, rewrite, and transmit memory; from one generation to the next; and from one location to another.
This lecture course, then, explores diaspora literatures from several locations, including the UK, the Caribbean, Canada, and the US.

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British Postmodernism (096636) [Tuesdays: 14-16]

First session: 2 April 2019

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer
Location: Audimax, English Department
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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