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 Picador Seminars by Daniel Pena in the Winter Term 2017/18 

20178Sep
Submitted by Stefan Schubert, MA on Fri, 09/08/2017 - 09:43

As part of his tenure in the winter term of 2017/18, Picador Professor Daniel Peña will teach two classes at American Studies Leipzig. Please note that these courses will partly take place as block seminars, since they start slightly later and end sooner than the official semester dates. See below for further information, and if you have questions beyond that, please contact the professorship's coordinator, Stefan Schubert.

Chicano Literature

Mondays, 1-3pm (partly 1-5pm*), GWZ 2.5.16

What is Chicano Literature and who writes it? In this course we will explore the writers and activists who worked to transform an ethnic stereotype into a term of empowerment and who also, in turn, challenged assumptions about what is and is not “American.” We will consider how Chicano literature might challenge us to redefine American literature, discussing such intellectual and social movements as Latinidad, the Chicano Movement, Pochos, Aztlan and the Librotraficante Caravan. Texts that will be read include Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Healing Earthquakes, Helena Maria Viramontes’ The Moths and Other Stories, Gloria Anzaldua’s La Frontera/The Borderlands, and Sandra Cisneros’ Woman Hollering Creek. Four essays will be assigned, one of which will be creative in nature.

* Please note: The first class will take place on October 30, and the last classes will take place in the week of January 8. A number of classes in this seminar will take place as block sessions, from 1.15-4.45pm. The exact dates and times will be agreed upon with students in the first class.

This seminar is part of the MA module "Immigration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship."

 

Writing Trauma

Tuesdays, 3-5pm (partly 3-7pm*), GWZ 3.5.15

What are the origins of trauma and where does it come from? What centers it? Who is allowed to write it and what happens when writing it becomes dangerous? How can trauma (our own or not) help us think about gender, race, and class systems in the larger superstructure of globalization? Moreover, how can we use trauma as an engine within our own stories? We’ll begin to answer these questions by engaging such texts as Sold by Patricia McCormick, Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil, Affections by Rodrigo Hasbun, and No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy as well as various photo essays and articles throughout this course. This course is a creative writing workshop though readings and craft discussions will be key to concept building in this course.

* Please note: The first class of this module will take place on November 7, and the last classes will take place in the week of January 8. A number of classes in this module will take place as block sessions, from 3.15-6.45pm. The exact dates and times will be agreed upon with students in the first class.

This class, formally comprising a 45-minute seminar followed by a 45-minute tutorial, forms the BA Professional Skills Module "Creative Writing: Imagining America" (5 credits). More information on this new module is available here.

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