Das Seminar dient der Einübung von grundlegenden Techniken literaturwissenschaftlicher Analyse und Interpretation am Beispiel von exemplarischen Texten verschiedener Gattungen. Es steht in engem Bezug zu den in der Vorlesung „Einführung in die englische/ amerikanische Literaturwissenschaft“ erläuterten Konzepten und soll den Studierenden die Möglichkeit bieten, sich mit den in der Vorlesung erläuterten Theorien und Modellen aktiv, selbständig und vor allem in Bezug auf ein breites Spektrum von Beispielen auseinander zu setzen. Zugleich wird es auch um Methoden und Techniken des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens gehen (Recherchestrategien, Umgang mit wissenschaftlichen Hilfsmitteln, usw.).

Semester: WiSe 2023/24

The Humboldt Book Club is open to both staff and students of Humboldt University Berlin. We will meet up seven times a year to discuss books we have read or would like to read. 

Everyone is free to make suggestions and, at the end of each meeting, we will take a vote on what our next top pick is. 

Looking forward to fostering the love of literature which we all share.



Semester: Semesterübergreifende Kurse
Semester: Semesterübergreifende Kurse
Semester: Semesterübergreifende Kurse

This course offers additional exercises for students participating in a BA English module 1 Introduction to Linguistics course at the Department of English and American Studies.

Semester: Frühere Semester

Dieser Kurs wurde für die Mitarbeiter des Projektes A3 "Sympathie. Zur Transformations- und Funktionsgeschichte des Mit-Fühlens zwischen 1600 und 1800", eines Teilprojektes des SFB 644, eingerichtet und soll eine Plattform für den internen Austausch projektrelevanter Materialien bieten.

Semester: Frühere Semester

The seminar addresses the works of William Wordsworth within the broader context of Romanticism. Looking at selected poetry, some prose essays as well as his verse autobiography The Prelude, we shall study Wordsworth’s engagement with poetics, his conception of poetic memory and subjectivity, as well as the politics of his literature. Related key issues will be Wordsworth’s concern with the natural environment against the backdrop of the socio-economics of the English countryside, of contemporary travelling and tourism as well as landscape painting. Finally, the seminar will also attempt to situate Wordsworth within the circle of his contemporaries and to study the process of his canonization through his first biographers.

Required Works (please obtain your own copies):
1. William Wordsworth, The Major Works, ed. Stephen Gill (OUP)
2. William Wordsworth, The Prelude, 1799, 1805, 1850, ed. Jonathan Wordsworth, et al. (Norton)
3. A moodle platform with additional material will be available as of mid October.

Semester: Frühere Semester

This seminar offers the opportunity for in-depth study of a range of novels from the Victorian period (named after the reign of Queen Victoria 1837–1901), frequently subsumed under the auspices of ‘realism’. Next to the poetics of the Victorian novel, its philosophical, political and ideological concerns will be addressed, as will be gender and authorship. In the light of the recent prominence of material cultures in Victorian studies, we shall also be looking at modes of publication and reception (serial publication) etc.

Core reading (please obtain your own copies):

  • Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist (1837–39) (Penguin Classics)
  • George Eliot: Middlemarch (1871–72) (Penguin Classics)
  • Thomas Hardy: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) (Penguin Classics)

A further title is to be announced. Reading at least one of these novels in advance of the course is recommended.

Semester: SoSe 2020

Part II:

This seminar on “Victorianism”, a notoriously problematic term difficult to define, operates in tandem with my course on the Victorian novel. Against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world, from upheavals in theology, science and new technologies to empire, we will be exploring a broad range of phenomena such as popular fiction (in extracts), conservative cultural criticism, the “movement” of the Pre-Raphaelites (entwining literature/poetry and art), and, finally, the aesthetic turn at the fin de siècle.

A considerable part of the course reading will be made available on Moodle but please obtain your own paperback copy of Matthew Arnold’s Culture and Anarchy (1867–68) and of Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest. A Trivial Comedy for Serious People (1895).

Semester: SoSe 2020

“Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” With these words Samuel Johnson paradigmatically articulates a distinctly 18th-century notion of London as the key site of social intercourse, of human experience — of life. 

This seminar aims at studying literary representations of London and its lives against the backdrop of political, social, and cultural changes during the 18th century. Apart from literary representations of London topography, we shall study topics as varied as London’s coffee-house culture, sociability, commerce, satire and the professionalisation of literature (“Grub Street”), public spaces, theatre and actors, crime, illness etc.

Core reading (further texts to be announced):

  • John Gay: Trivia: Or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London (1719) (OUP ed., ed. Clare Brant and Susan E. Whyman) – please obtain your own copy
  • Daniel Defoe: A Journal of the Plague Year (1722) (Penguin Classics) – please obtain your own copy
  • Boswell: London Journal (1762–63) (extracts; available on moodle)
  • Frances Burney: Evelina(1774) – please obtain your own paperback copy.

The Lektürekurs is designed to offer scope for the discussion of relevant research literature (both theory and criticism).

Semester: SoSe 2020

In this course, we shall be exploring a broad range of literary and poetological writings (mainly from the field of English Literature) pertinent to the manifold relations of literature and emotions, or affect. With a view back to antiquity, our choice of key texts and genres will be stretching from the Early Modern Period from Shakespeare (A Midsummernight’s Dream), 18th century sentimental fiction (Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa) and aesthetics, the literature of terror, the early Romantics’ insistence on “powerful feelings” and “emotion recollected in tranquillity”, Victorian love and melodrama, modernist T. S. Eliot’s notion of the “objective correlative”, to postcolonial refigurations of emotions and affect in literature (J M Coetzee’s Disgrace).

The full range of reading will be decided upon in dialogue with seminar participants. Shorter primary texts will be made available on moodle. You certainly need to obtain your own copy of our core texts, Richardson’s Clarissa (abridged version: Riverside edition) and Coetzee’s Disgrace (Vintage).

Semester: WiSe 2020/21
Dieser Moodle-Kurs dient der Kommunikation im Bereich Studienfachberatung des Bachelorstudiums Englisch am Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik.
Semester: SoSe 2024