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Seminar: 3.02.151 S "Uncle Toms" No More: African-American Writers in Dialogue with Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin - Details
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Course name Seminar: 3.02.151 S "Uncle Toms" No More: African-American Writers in Dialogue with Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
Course number 3.02.151
Semester Wintersemester 2020/2021
Current number of participants 18
expected number of participants 36
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Tue., 20.10.2020 10:00 - 12:00, Room: (online)
Lehrsprache englisch
Miscellanea This course consists of five scheduled online meetings. If students wish to give a presentation, additional online meetings will be scheduled. For active participation, students are required to complete 3 out of 5 sets of "reading questions" in writing and to hand in an RPO (research project outline) in preparation to their term paper. Students who give a presentation, do not need to hand in an RPO. For more information, see the syllabus on Stud.IP, which will be uploaded once students have registered for this course.
ECTS points 6

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(online) Tuesday: 10:00 - 12:00, weekly (14x)

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Ever since its first serial publication in 1851, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" has been subject to controversial discussions. While the novel was highly popular among black and white abolitionists in the 19th century, issues of feminism, critical race theory, and religion have remained at odds and continue to occupy scholars, writers, and intellectuals - black and white, male and female. Important literary critical responses during the 19th and the 20th centuries have come from African American authors, who have addressed and re-worked Stowe’s novel from diverse vantage points and in different genres. This class focuses on selected literary responses by African American writers and intellectuals with a particular focus on the multidimensional and polysemic dialogues, which their revisions have opened up. Starting out from Stowe’s novel itself, we will study the 19th-century responses by Frederick Douglass and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and the 20th-century postmodern re-workings by Ishmael Reed and Toni Morrison.
Please purchase and read the Norton critical edition from 2018, edited by Elizabeth Ammons of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" (1852). Also purchase and read Ismael Reed, "Flight to Canada" (1976) and Toni Morrison, "Beloved" (1987). Frederick Douglass’s novella “The Heroic Slave” (1853) and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s poem “Eliza Harris” (1853) can be accessed online at and respectively. Additional reading materials will be made available on Stud.IP at the beginning of the semester.

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