Hinweis: Die Angaben zu den Semestern sind nur Empfehlungen, keine Anmeldebeschränkungen.
We will read a variety of literature (including textbook chapters and reflective writing) but with a focus on original research articles. The exact reading list will be shared during the seminar.
S1-2 (Introduction to Cultural Studies)G4 (Cultural Studies in Practice)
The seminar will be held in English; very good English skills are necessary to successfully participate.
In this course we will explore the ways romantic love and romantic relationships are socially constructed in different anglophone contexts. Also drawing on insights from sociology, ethnography and gender studies, we will explore how love is framed, thought, talked about and depicted in different pop culture genres including film, literature, advice columns, advertisement and magazines. In this we will deal with issues of power, framing, gender, queerness and globalisation, taking a wide definition of ‘anglophone’ contexts, with the goal to develop a nuanced understanding of how an apparently universal concept such as “love” is socially constructed and negotiated, ending up very far from being “universal”.
BA IIM (S4-3); 4th Semester or higher
Exam: presentation and a written seminar paper/"Hausarbeit".
BA students of EAL (and potentially other "Anglistik" programs) are welcome in this seminar, but please note that you need to check in advance with the advisors and the "Prüfungsamt" of your degree programs if and how this seminar fits into your module plan, and if and how you can use the credit points. Exchange students with very good English skills are also very welcome.