This is the moodle course for the Wednesday Tutorial. This course serves as a place to communicate with each other and gather material in order to prepare for the exam. The tutorial takes place every Wednesday from 16-18 o'clock in Motitzstraße 25-31, Systembau 2, Room 0209.
I'll be available to answer questions directly every Monday between 14-16 o'clock here on moodle.
- Dozent/in: Laura Wörner
In this seminar, we will examine the literary response to one of the defining events of the 21st century to date for the Western hemisphere: the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 and their immediate aftermath.
Throughout the class, we will take a close look at a number of examples from the ever growing canon of so-called 9/11 fiction. We will begin by exploring the ways in which novels and other stories by recent American writers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Don DeLillo, and Art Spiegelman reflect on the terrorist attacks, and/or reimagine life in the aftermath of the event. Drawing on theories of trauma and memory, we will study the sometimes innovative strategies these and other artists from the realms of film and music use to represent life ”in the shadow of no towers”. Over the course of the class, we will continually try to answer questions on the formal/stylistic choices made by artists in confronting both personal and national tragedy. Finally, we will take a critical look at the culture of commemoration and commercialization surrounding 9/11, from the increase in flag sales to the memorial walls of photographs and poems in the immediate aftermath to debates about an appropriate memorial for ”Ground Zero” in the decade following the attack.
- Dozent/in: Svenja Tregel