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Veranstaltungsart Seminar Veranstaltungsnummer 5250064
Semester WiSe 2023/24 SWS 2
Rhythmus keine Übernahme Moodle-Link
Veranstaltungsstatus Freigegeben für Vorlesungsverzeichnis  Freigegeben  Sprache englisch
Belegungsfristen - Eine Belegung ist online erforderlich Zentrale Abmeldefrist    01.07.2023 - 31.03.2024    aktuell
Zentrale Frist    01.07.2023 - 11.10.2023   
Veranstaltungsformat Präsenz


Gruppe 1
Tag Zeit Rhythmus Dauer Raum Raum-
Lehrperson Status Bemerkung fällt aus am Max. Teilnehmer/-innen
Do. 10:00 bis 12:00 wöch 19.10.2023 bis 15.02.2024  Universitätsgebäude am Hegelplatz - 1.601 Dorotheenstraße 24 (DOR 24) - (Unterrichtsgroßraum) Klepper findet statt     30
Gruppe 1:

Zugeordnete Person
Zugeordnete Person Zuständigkeit
Klepper, Martin , Prof. Dr. phil.
Abschluss Studiengang LP Semester
Master of Arts  Amerikanistik Hauptfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2014 )   -  
Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen
Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

This class is an advanced survey course (a sort of repetition) on major problems of American Cultural History with a focus on American Art. It is a companion course to Reading American Literature and Culture which focuses on literature and Theories of American Studies which focuses on theory. The objective is a repetition of the field combined with an exploration of US visual culture. For these purposes we will explore visual objects (works of art, photography, architecture) from different periods and discuss the “cultural work” they do, i.e. the specific representation of America they present. The "periods," which we will explore ("periods" always to be taken with a grain of salt!) are: Re-Discovery: 1492 (Old and New Inhabitants); City upon a Hill (The Puritan Experiment); Reason and Revolutions (The Age of Reasons and American Revolutions between Philadelphia and Seneca Falls); In and beneath the American Renaissance (a canon for 1850 and its multicultural and multi-gendered basis); Post-bellum Realisms and Naturalisms; Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance; Postmodernism and the old/new Diversity. The main part of the meetings will concentrate on questions of visual history. Master students who need a more concise introduction to American literary and cultural history are more than welcome to participate in the lecture for the BA students ( - please ask me for the Moodle course key).

Classroom Format: This class will be taught in the classroom (not online)! You should still register for the class through Agnes so that I can send you the Moodle key. If you cannot register for some reason, please send me an email (


  • The texts for the class will be up-loaded onto the Moodle platform. The key to Moodle will be announced through Agnes.
  • The art works to be explored in class will also be accessible through Moodle.

Course Requirements:

As a preparation for the module exam students have to hand in a 4 page essay on one work of art of your own choice by Christmas. As a Modul examination (in February) students will write a take-home exam with questions from this class and the class "Theories of American Studies". For this exam you are expected to prepare one work of art in depth. You can only do the Module Exam once you have taken both of these classes (This class and the Theories-class).


Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2023/24. Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2024.
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