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(R) Black Lives Matter: Exploring the U.S. South

The U.S. South has often been described as a a place of cultural backwardness, religious fanaticism, economic destitution and class struggle, and gender as well as racial intolerance. In the diverse texts under scrutiny, we will encounter a range of modes representing Southern literature and culture, from the pastoral to the gothic and grotesque, and from the primitive to the 'postsouthern' and even the transnational or global South.

The texts for the course respond to a history that encompasses an agricultural society based on chattel slavery, the upheavals of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the racial terrors of the 'Jim Crow' South, the rise of the Civil Rights Movement and federally mandated desegregation, and the influx of mass media and pop culture. Keeping in mind that there was/is not merely one South, but many Souths, we well examine the region's sheer diversity by probing more deeply into its socioeconomic(e.g. plantation economy, industrial mills,),and geographic/ecological aspects (e.g. from the south Carolina lowcountry to the rural hills of southwest Virginia and the urban centers of Atlanta and New Orleans) as much as its diverse ethnic population (e.g. Afro-Americans, Native Americans, Cajuns).

We will start our journey through the South with:

Eudora Welty, „A Worn Path“ (collected in A Curtain of Green)

The story will be introduced and supported in its discussion by various recent documentaries, which will be shown during the seminar. Future discussions from Welty's story collection will include, among other stories) „Petrified Man“ and „Powerhouse.“

Preferred Text Edition:

Eudora Welty: A Curtain of Green and Other Stories, Mariner Books, 1979. (Paperback edition).

Dozentin: Dr. Heidi Podlasli-Labrenz


  • Dienstag, 09.03.2021 
  • Mittwoch, 10.03.2021 
  • Freitag, 12.03.2021

Zeit: 14:00 (s.t.) bis 15:30 Uhr

Teilnehmerbegrenzung: 20 Personen

Entgelt: 32.- Euro

Veranstaltungsart: Online-Seminarreihe

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