Picador Seminars by Rajesh Parameswaran in the Summer Term 2018

As part of his tenure in the summer term of 2018, Picador Professor Rajesh Parameswaran will teach two classes at American Studies Leipzig.

Americans Abroad

Tuesdays, 5-7pm, GWZ 2.5.16

This class will examine fiction about Americans living or traveling abroad. The class will ask questions such as: How do journeys affect the traveler, and the places traveled to? How do these travel narratives inform our view of nationality, citizenship, race, and identity? What do the stories say about the relationship of the United States and the world? Authors examined may include Herman Melville, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, James Baldwin, Jane Bowles, and Don Delillo.

This seminar is part of the BA module “Literature and Culture III.”


Short Story Workshop

Wednesdays, 3-5pm, GWZ 3.5.15

This creative writing class will focus on the role of voice in short stories. Participants in the class will be assigned writing exercises, and by the end of the class, will complete a short story. Participants will be expected to read and actively discuss their classmates’ work. We will also read and critique short stories encompassing a range of styles and approaches. Readings will draw from an anthology of contemporary short stories.

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