This seminar will introduce students to Muslim American histories and cultures through diverse visual representations of Muslim Americans. Selected pieces of photography and visual art as well as film scenes will raise awareness for stereotypical representations of Muslim Americans, while cultural artifacts produced by Muslim artists will illustrate how those stereotypes can be disrupted. Additionally, this seminar will cover graphic novels by Muslim American writers: Toufic El Rassi’s "Arab in America" (2007) and G. Willow Wilson’s "Ms. Marvel: No Normal" (2014). Toufic El Rassi’s graphic memoir "Arab in America" addresses his struggles of growing up as a Lebanese immigrant in the United States and his experiences with post-9/11 islamophobia. In contrast to the more realist mode of representation in El Rassi’s work, G. Willow Wilson’s "Ms. Marvel: No Normal" is the first volume of a superhero comic series that features Muslim Pakistani American teenage protagonist Kamala Khan whose secret superhero identity is shaped by her religious orientation and whose desire to fit into Anglo-American mainstream society is thwarted by her classmates’ xenophobic and islamophobic prejudices. We will pay special attention to the graphic novels’ narrative structure and style as well as to the ethical, social, political, and cultural issues they raise.
Students will be asked to purchase their own copy of Toufic El Rassi’s "Arab in America" (2007) and G. Willow Wilson’s "Ms. Marvel: No Normal" (2014). Other reading material (including secondary literature) will be made available through Stud.IP.
The course is part of admission "ang971/2/3 981/2/3 991/2/3 MM LitKult".
The following rules apply for the admission:
This setting is active from 19.09.2022 06:00 to 23.09.2022 08:10. Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 23.09.2022 on 08:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
This setting is active from 19.09.2022 06:00 to 31.01.2023 23:59. At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
Subject is Anglistik
Degree is Anpassungslehrgang
Subject is Deutsch als Fremdsprache/Deutsch als Zweitsprache
Subject is Englisch
Subject is English Studies
The enrolment is possible from 19.09.2022, 06:00 to 31.01.2023, 23:59.