TIME and Temporality in American Thinking Film and Literature From the Beginnings to the Present

Writing and film-making, among others, take their orientation and sometimes their structure from time and space as the coordinates of life. Course work will derive from these dimensions. Recently discussed notions like -time-space- and -space-time- underscore that time and space are mutually integral, that, nonetheless, the focus can shift, and that, of course, the resulting perspectives and findings gleaned will complement one another. Participants are most welcome, therefore, to register for both seminars and are just as free to opt for one or the other: Space and Spatiality in American Thinking, Film, and Literature: From the Beginnings to the Present (Do 10:30-12:00 - Uellenberg) TIME and Temporality in American Thinking, Film, and Literature: From the Beginnings to the Present (Do 14:30-16:00 - Capelle) We will introduce and discuss various ways of theorizing temporality and spatiality, explore and map out diverse mordes of thinking and writing, perceiving and performing, constructing and de-constructing time(s) and spaces in an attempt at understanding what they reveal of American literature and films as well as of the national experience. Writers and film-makers to be considered include John Winthrop, James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Sarah Orne Jewett, Zane Grey, William James, Upton Sinclair, Eudiry Welty, William Faulkner, Gertrude Stein, Jack Kerouac, Richard Brautigan, Gary Snyder, Tony Morrison, Sam Shepard, Brunonia Barry, Denise Chavez, David W. Griffith, Miachael Cimino, David Lynch, Dennis Hopper, Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders, Clint Eastwood, and Jim Jarmusch.

Texts for purchase will be announced soon. Additional texts will be made available online in the Semesterapparat. VoraussetzungenAll participants are required to attend regularly, read extensively, and should be willing to actively engage in critical debate. Anglistik II: American Studies Universität Düsseldorf WiSe 2015/16 Dr. Capelle Birgit