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PS, 2st., Mi 10-12, S 138 / NWIII
BA (1.2), A4, A7; MAIAS elective; Lehramt
WS 2013/2014
Universität Bayreuth

Credit certificates can be collected from Dr. Thomas Schönweitz during his office hours in GW I.

In this seminar we will deal with literary works that feature the life of a main protagonist starting at an early age and tracing his/her life through different developmental stages. Continuous growth and development are aspects that are not bound to the internal and personal dimension only, but are also reactions to external and social stimuli, which can be supportive or threatening in nature. The selected texts will help us to create a clear impression of how identity is constructed and which elements can have an impact on this process. In this respect, socio-cultural ideas and their representation are most relevant. The analysis of the primary works will be accompanied by secondary literature in order to establish the theoretical framework and to get a deeper insight into content and context.

Texts to be obtained by students:
Rudyard Kipling. Kim
Charlotte Brontë. Jane Eyre
Charles Dickens. David Copperfield
James Joyce. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Course Overview:
Course Overview Bildungsroman (pdf-file)