Politik und Ästhetik

Ivana Perica
Art Sciences and Art Education, Cultural Studies
2022W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03492

Description

The seminar discusses the notions of human rights and liberal values that underlie the selected contemporary bestsellers and award-winning novels: Saša Stanišić's Herkunft (2019), Dina Nayeri's The Ungrateful Refugee (2019), Deepak Unnikrishnan's Temporary People (2017) and Tomasz Jędrowski's Swimming in the Dark (2020). It focuses on how these novels fit into what Robert M. Cover once called a "normative universe", particularly their underlying notions of human and individual rights, the rule of law, and the values of inclusion and diversity. The seminar also compares the aesthetic specificity of their political (in the sense of the rule of law), ideological (in the sense of underlying values) and marketing (in the sense of commercial success) agendas, which becomes visible when the selected novels are compared to thematically related novels of the 1950s and 1960s, a period when political writing reached one of its peaks in the 20th century. With historical comparison in mind, we turn to Leon Uris' Exodus (1959), James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room (1956), Giovanni Testori's Il ponte della Ghisolfa (1958), and F. Sionil José's Mass: A Novel (1973).

 

The seminar is based on a twofold assumption:

First, European literary writing of the second half of the 20th century has, in different contexts and with different effects, performatively and sometimes even expressively called for the political inclusion of dissenting voices. Several literary texts from the 1950s and 1960s established or helped to shape something like a canon of liberal-democratic values, but this began to institutionalise only after the systemic change in the early 1990s.

Second, contemporary literary production is in a phase of new politicisation, daring to engage in various acts of agency: It not only promotes transformative imagination, but also collaborates with civil society, social movements and those public spheres that demand both the cultural visibility of the oppressed and marginalised and changes in legal practises that affect them. This literary production explicitly addresses the gap between right and law. It does so in forms that appear more transparent and explicit in content than the literature that accompanied the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

The course will take place as a "block seminar" consisting of the following two-day blocks:

1. Introduction

BLOCK 1

1st day

2. Leon Uris’ Exodus (1959)

3. Dina Nayeri’s The Ungrateful Refugee (2019)

4. Joint discussion

2nd day

5. Giovanni Testori’s Il ponte della Ghisolfa (1958)

6. Deepak Unnikrishnan’s Temporary People (2017)

7. Joint discussion

BLOCK 2

1st day

8. James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room (1956)

9. Tomasz Jędrowski’s Swimming in the Dark (2020)

10. Joint discussion

2nd day

11. F. Sionil José’s Mass: A Novel (1973)

12. Saša Stanišić’s Herkunft (2019)

13. Joint discussion

 

14. Final discussion

15. Discussion of the topics for the term papers

Examination Modalities

The course is designed less as a seminar and more as a book club, in which the interplay between politics and literature is negotiated openly and without extensive theoretical exercises. What is particularly important here are ideas that are fed by our present and that guide our view of the literature of both the 20th and 21st centuries. The LV thus stands in the tradition of reading circles, opening political debates with a wide variety of reading audiences.

 

Regular attendance and active participation as well as the willingness to share responsibility for a meeting are expected.

Students are obliged to submit a written paper by the end of the semester (min. 10 pages).

Comments

Novels are not read in excerpts. They can be read both in the original and in the translation. The course languages are German and, if necessary, English.

Key Words

politischer Roman, engagierte Literatur, Recht und Literatur, Literatur und soziale Bewegungen

Dates

03 October 2022, 09:00–10:30, "Einführung in die politische Literatur" (preliminary discussion)
02 December 2022, 15:00–16:30 Seminar Room 25 , "Leon Uris: Exodus (1959)"
02 December 2022, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 25 , "Dina Nayeri: The Ungrateful Refugee (2019)"
02 December 2022, 18:30–20:00 Seminar Room 25 , "Gemeinsame Diskussion"
03 December 2022, 09:00–10:30 Seminar Room 25 , "Giovanni Testori: Il ponte della Ghisolfa (1958) "
03 December 2022, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 25 , "Deepak Unnikrishnan: Temporary People (2017)"
03 December 2022, 12:30–14:00 Seminar Room 25 , "Gemeinsame Diskussion"
13 January 2023, 15:00–16:30 Seminar Room 25 , "James Baldwin: Giovanni's Room (1956) "
13 January 2023, 16:30–18:00 Seminar Room 25 , "Tomasz Jędrowski: Swimming in the Dark (2020) "
13 January 2023, 18:30–20:00 Seminar Room 25 , "Gemeinsame Diskussion"
14 January 2023, 09:00–10:30 Seminar Room 25 , "Saša Stanišić: Herkunft (2019)"
14 January 2023, 10:30–12:00 Seminar Room 25 , "F. Sionil José: Mass: A Novel (1973)"
14 January 2023, 12:30–14:00 Seminar Room 25 , "Gemeinsame Diskussion"
27 January 2023, 15:00–16:30 , "Schlussbesprechung - online: https://dieangewandte-at.zoom.us/j/6014351765?pwd=aHZaTG0zbmhZQ0Izd3ZpZEMwbXBhUT09"
27 January 2023, 16:30–18:00, "Besprechung der Themen für die Seminararbeiten - online: https://dieangewandte-at.zoom.us/j/6014351765?pwd=aHZaTG0zbmhZQ0Izd3ZpZEMwbXBhUT09"

Course Enrolment

From 23 July 2021, 12:00 to 07 October 2022, 23:47
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

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