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International Literature (B2/C1)


The (Hi)Story of the USA

172.4G552E International Literature I Winter and Summer Term 2017/18 I VHS Essen Wednesday, 9-11.20 Uhr

This conversation course takes us to the shores of New England, the wide prairies of Montana, the skyscrapers of New York City, the tundra of Alaska and the walls and fences on the Mexican border. We will travel through 400 years of US history and use fictional and non-fictional texts, paintings, songs and films to explore the idea of ‘The Great American Novel’ and the concept of ‘The American Dream’. – A reader will be made available at the beginning of the semester. Additional material will be sent by email. Read more about possible texts and topics to choose…


172.4G500E The New English Club I Winter Term 2017 I VHS Essen I 18:40 – 20:10

21.09.2017: Trump and Twitter – Politics and the New Media

19.10.2017: The Beatles and the Bathtub Singers – Famous Musicians and their Fans

16.11.2017: Proof and Prejudice – Knowledge and Ignorance

21.12.2017: Chocolate and Chilli – Traditional and Unusual Food

18.01.2017: Rockets and Robots – Science Fiction and Future Technology



162.4G560E VHS Essen, Start: 14. September 2016, 09.00 – 11.20

What does it take to discuss non-European cultures from an unbiased, non-Western perspective? This course offers a brief introduction to the concepts of colonialism, decolonization and postcolonialism and a broad selection of modern cross-cultural literature.

Summer Term 2017: The Legacy of the British Empire

→ Caught between Cultures. Colonial and Postcolonial Short Stories. Klett, ISBN 978-3-12-577512-1

This short story collection focuses on colonial encounters (Joseph Conrad, W. Somerset Maugham, George Orwell, Doris Lessing), cross-cultural experiences (R. K. Narayan, Chinua Achebe, Ngugi Wa Thiong’O) and postcolonial consequences (Muriel Spark, Qaisra Shahraz, Hanif Kureishi, Salman Rushdie). Additional material will be provided by email.

Winter Term 2016/17: South Africa Today

→ Damon Galgut, The Good Doctor. Cornelsen, ISBN 978-3-06-034162-7

The old apartheid days are over, but Dr. Frank Eloff is disillusioned and has long given up hope that things might change for the better in the remote South African hospital where he works. When young Dr. Laurence Waters arrives, decided to make a difference in the former homeland, things soon get out of hand…

(Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1963. His novel “The Good Doctor” was first published in 2003 and shortlisted for the Booker Prize in the same year. It also won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book from the Africa Region.)


The New English Club (B1/B2)

162.4G510E VHS Essen, Start: 15. September 2016, 18.30 – 20.00

15.9.2016 Long-Running – The Best TV Series Ever

17.11.2016 Long-Awaited – The New US President

15.12.2016 Long-Living – Traditions We Cherish

19.1.2017 Long Gone – Dinosaurs, Video Recorders, Typewriters

16.2.2017 A Long Way from Home – Famous Travellers and Explorers


International Literature (B2/C1)

152.4G608E VHS Essen, Start: 09. September 2015, 09.00 – 11.20

Winter Term 2015/16: HARPER LEE’S AMERICA
Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1960) takes us to the American South, where a small-town lawyer fights against racism, hatred and injustice. We are going to discuss the book and its historical context and compare it to excerpts from the newly discovered sequel “Go Set a Watchman” (2015).

→ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Diesterweg, ISBN-13: 978-3425049687

400 years after William Shakespeare’s death in 1616 his works still have the ability to thrill modern readers and theatregoers and inspire modern writers and film makers. We are going to discuss modern adaptations (novels, crime stories, parodies, songs, films, cartoons) based on Will’s greatest hits.

The New English Club (B1/B2)

161.4G510E VHS Essen, Start: 18. February 2016, 18.30 – 20.00

18.02.2016: Together and Apart – Canada and the USA
17.03.2016: Together in the United Kingdom – Ireland and Scotland
21.04.2016: Celebrating Together – Christians, Muslims, Jews and Hindus
19.05.2016: Laughing Together – Jokes around the World
16.06.2016: Words that Go Together – English Idioms


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