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Wie schreibe ich eine Hausarbeit? v.07-11
ppt Bibliography
ppt Literature Research


Bernardine Evaristo, The Emperor's Babe

Jackie Kay, Trumpet

Sarah Waters, Affinity
ppt Panopticism + Surveillance
ppt Spiritualism
ppt Neo-Victorianism


Michéle Roberts, Daughters of the House
Theory: Lacan, Kristeva
ppt Mysticism in Daughters of the House
Handout Religion, Mysticism
History - Herstory


ppt Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry (Postmodernism)

Course Schedule + Bibliography (no password)

Minute Papers, Recaps ^top


Minute Papers, Recaps
13 Bernardine Evaristo, The Emperor's Babe 1
12 Jackie Kay, Trumpet 2
11 Jackie Kay, Trumpet 1
10 Sarah Waters, Affinity 3
09 Sarah Waters, Affinity 2
08 Sarah Waters, Affinity 1
07 Academic Writing (+ muddy points Michèle Roberts, Daughters of the House 3)
06 Michèle Roberts, Daughters of the House 3
05 Michèle Roberts, Daughters of the House 2
04 Michèle Roberts, Daughters of the House 1
03 Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry 2
02 Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry 1


Reading Response Questions ^top


RR 12 - Bernardine Evaristo, The Emperor's Babe 2
As a verse novel, The Emperor's Babe is a relatively unconventional contemporary text. Please comment on the form of the novel: Does the form influence the plot? Could you read the individual sections as poems in their own right? Can you guess a specific reason for choosing this specific genre?
RR 12 - Evaristo 2

RR 11 - Bernardine Evaristo, The Emperor's Babe 1
Like Jackie Kay in Trumpet, Evaristo writes a black British presence into her verse novel The Emperor's Babe. Please compare the strategies both writers use. Could Evaristo's text be described as postcolonial rewriting?
RR 11 - Evaristo 1

RR 10 - Jackie Kay, Trumpet 2
Apart from his gender, Joss' identity is defined by other categories of difference (race, Scottishness) and by his commitment to music – please comment.
RR 10 - Kay 2

RR 09 - Jackie Kay, Trumpet 1
Gender plays a central role in Jackie Kay's novel Trumpet – please discuss how the novel could be said to challenge traditional (especially heteronormative) gender conceptions.
RR 09 - Kay 1

RR 08 - Sarah Waters, Affinity 3
Focus on the role of class in the novel: How does the social status of Margaret, Selina and Ruth determine the ways they can move in society? How is class linked to surveillance in Affinity – and who is kept under surveillance by whom?
RR 08 - Waters 3

RR 07 - Sarah Waters, Affinity 2
Spiritualism plays a central role in Affinity. Please focus on both Selina and her customers: How does her career as a spiritualist medium change Selina's life? Why do her customers approach her, and how are they treated during the séances?
RR 07 - Waters 2

RR 06 - Sarah Waters, Affinity 1
Affinity is a 'neo-Victorian novel'. Where would you locate the 'new' element in this historical novel? How does Sarah Waters describe the Victorian Age – in how far might her novel differ from other historical novels?
RR 06 - Waters 1

RR 05 - Michèle Roberts, Daughters of the House 3
Critics have described Roberts's Daughters of the House as a 'trauma novel'. From your point of view, how can 'trauma' be described/defined? And which aspects of the novel might point to the depiction of traumatic events?
RR 05 - Roberts 3

RR 04 - Michèle Roberts, Daughters of the House 2
In which ways does Roberts subvert 'traditional' (i.e. Catholic) mysticism/religion in Daughters of the House? Describe Léonie's and Thérèse's visions to illustrate your argument.
RR 04 - Roberts 2

RR 03 - Michèle Roberts, Daughters of the House 1
How is the question of history (and the writing of history) approached in Michèle Roberts's novel? Please try to comment on the narrative situation – how do the narrators influence the depiction of history?
RR 03 - Roberts 1

RR 02 - Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry 2
Critics have often approached Sexing the Cherry as a text with a lesbian/queer agenda - given that none of the main characters is homosexual, would you agree with this assessment? Why (not)? You might want to focus on either Jordan's or the Dog Woman's gender to substantiate your argument.
RR 02 - Winterson 2

RR 01 - Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry 1
If you have no prior knowledge of postmodernism/postmodern literature, how would you describe the structure and style of Winterson's Sexing the Cherry? Was there anything that struck you as surprising and/or puzzling?
Do you already know what postmodernism is? Then please try to describe why Winterson's Sexing the Cherry could be described as a 'typical postmodern novel'.
RR 01 - Winterson 1

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