Course: Teaching/Learning as a Motiv in American Fiction

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Course title Teaching/Learning as a Motiv in American Fiction
Course code KAJ/OVAL
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Koy Christopher Erwin, PhDr. M.A., Ph.D.
Course content
WEEK READING AND DISCUSSION Wk 1 Introduction, assignments, photocopies, goals & requirements of course etc. Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932), "The Bouquette" (1899) Wk 2 Willa Cather (1873-1945), "Paul's Case" (1905) Wk 3 Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941), "The Teacher-concerning Kate Swift" (1919) Wk 4 Philip Roth (1933-2018), "The Conversion of the Jews" (1959) X Wk 5 Bernard Malamud (1914-1986) "The German Refugee" (1963) Wk 6 Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991), "The Plagiarist" (1974) X Wk 7 Donald Barthleme (1931-1989) "The School" (1982) Wk 8 Ernest J. Gaines (1933- ), A Lesson Before Dying (1993), pp. 3-50 Wk 9 A Lesson Before Dying, pp. 51-95 Wk 10 A Lesson Before Dying, pp. 96-151 Wk 11 A Lesson Before Dying, pp. 152-203 Wk 12 A Lesson Before Dying, pp. 204-end, papers due today. Wk 13 See film "A Lesson Before Dying" Wk 14 Return papers and sign credit books

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
This course focuses on the representations of teaching and learning in American fiction. Students will read and with the teacher class discussions will ensue regarding the award-winning* novel A Lesson before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. Each of the students will choose from among a list of American short stories with a teaching/learning motif and present and lead discussion of that story which will be assigned reading for all members of the class. Lectures of similar works of fiction such as the campus novel (Don Delillo's White Noise, Philip Roth's Indignation, Louise Erdrich's The Crown of Columbus or Bernard Malamud's A New Life) may be referred to.
Understanding American literature in a wider context
Prerequisites
Advanced level of English

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Written examination

1 essay, to be chosen from a selection of topics on the Gaines novel (due week 12) 2 homework assignments (Roth & Singer stories marked below with X) Presentation of one short story with a teaching/learning motif (see list below) Active participation and no more than 3 absences.
Recommended literature
  • Bernard Malamud (1963):. "The German Refugee" In: Idiots First. New York, Holt Rinehart.
  • Donald Barthleme (1982):. "The School" In: The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. OUP.
  • Ernest J. Gaines (1993):. A Lesson Before Dying. New York, Vintage. 7 Short Stories.
  • Charles W. Chesnutt (1990/1899):. "The Bouquette" In: Conjure Tales & Stories of the Color Line. New York, Penguin..
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer (1974):. "The Plagiarist" In: The Séance and Other Stories. London, Penguin..
  • Philip Roth (1959):. "The Conversion of the Jews" In, Goodbye Columbus. New York, Holt Rinehart..
  • Sherwood Anderson (1976/1919):. "The Teacher - concerning Kate Swift," In: The Portable Sherwood Anderson, New York, Viking..
  • Willa Cather (1961/1905):. "Paul's Case." In: The Troll Garden. New York, Signet Classics.


Study plans that include the course
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Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -