Feb. 2012: Gastdozentin, Department of English and Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, ERASMUS Dozentenmobilität                

1. HS: 21st century feminist fiction and the World in Crisis. Emma Donogue's "Room" (zusammen mit Dr. Heike Bauer)

2. PS: The Novel. Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49" (zusammen mit Dr. Anna Hartnell)


WS 2010/11: Department für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, München

PS: Postkoloniale Topographien

Journeys, mapping, metropolis, peripheries, borders, homes and colonies: since its beginning, the trope of space has been a fundamental category of postcolonial studies. Given that colonial conquests implicate a loss of territory, most colonial and postcolonial writing is concerned with exploring topographies and reinventing space. Space has proven to be fundamental to processes of exercising power and self-empowerment in the context of both colonization as well as decolonization.

In this seminar, we will explore how (post)colonial space is negotiated and (de)constructed in different literary texts spanning over two centuries. We will first take a look at selected key theoretical texts on colonialism, geography and space. With these theoretical tools, we will, in a second step, examine closely the topographies represented in selected primary texts: What does the island represent in the context of colonialism? What do nature and landscape stand for? How is mapping being narrated? How are colonial legacies being negotiated through the narration of space? Such questions would form the central focus of close readings of the primary texts.

The following texts MUST be read before the beginning of the new term:

Daniel Defoe (1719): Robinson Crusoe, London: Penguin Classics 2003; Joseph Conrad (1899): Heart of Darkness; London: Wordsworth 1995; Tayeb Salih (1966): Season of Migration to the North; New York: NYRB Classics 2009; Ahdaf Soueif (1999): The Map of Love, New York: Anchor 2000.

Other reading material will be provided in a reader by the beginning of the semester.