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 Seminars by Picador Professor Porochista Khakpour 

201122Aug
Submitted by Dr. Florian Bast on Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:15

Picador Professor Porochista Khakpour will be teaching the following seminars in the upcoming WS 2011/2012


The Hyphenated American: Contemporary American Immigrant Narratives

Mondays, 1-3 pm, GWZ 2 5.16

In this introduction to select 20th and 21st century American immigrant narratives, we will explore short and long fiction and creative nonfiction by an eclectic array of first and second generation immigrant writers. Latino, African-American, Asian-American, and Middle Eastern-American literature will be among the many traditions explored. Students will be responsible for the close reading of essays and stories and novels, the writing of substantial critical essays, and response papers. Class activities may also include personal narrative and creative writing exercises to supplement issues and ideas illuminated by the readings. Students can also expect to receive a scholarly foundation in the regional histories, the writers and their works, and the relevant literary movements.

Students in this class are expected to purchase the following books:

Daniel Halpern (Editor), The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories.

Gish Jen, Typical American.

Junot Diaz, Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Gary Shteyngart, Absurdistan.

The books have been ordered at the Connewitzer Verlagsbuchhandlung and should be available for purchase there around 20 September.

In order to attend this seminar bachelor students need to have passed the LC-II module. Master students and Magisterstudents in the Hauptstudium are welcome. Bachelor students may seek an Äquivalenzanerkennung to have this seminar count as one seminar of a later LC-III module. Magisterstudents, please note that the rules for using Picadorscheins apply for this course. Get in touch with your students advisors if you have any questions.

You can apply for this class via e-mail.

 

Workshop in Short Literary Prose

Tuesdays, 1-3, GWZ 2 5.16
 
This class will explore the short story and the personal essay—the diminutive siblings of the novel and the memoir—and their relationships to each other. We will discuss issues of prose conception and creation and explore the seemingly opposing modes of fiction and nonfiction. We will examine the role of recreation and fabrication in narratives based on our “real lives” just as we will tackle how to best serve fictions with the stuff of our own personal experience.
 
As reading and writing are inextricably linked, of course, this class intertwines reading and writing assignments to expand your range of techniques in both. We’ll read the course materials and each others’ pages with equal care, and with precise attention to what has been created and how. We’ll read (and re-read) as writers, asking practical questions of craft, and we’ll write (and rewrite) as readers, taking the time to reflect and revise.

Students in this class are expected to purchase

Joyce Carol Oates (Editor), Robert Atwan (Consultant Editor), The Best American Essays of the Century (The Best American Series).

The book has been ordered at the Connewitzer Verlagsbuchhandlung and should be available for purchase there around 20 September.

All ASL students are welcome. Magisterstudents, please note that the rules for using Picadorscheins apply for this course. Get in touch with your students advisors if you have any questions.

You can apply for this class via e-mail.

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