Marit-Inga Suel receives Certificate of North American Studies

Zwei Studenten und eine Tasse Kaffee

Prof. Dr. Zimmermann and Dorothee Schneider were very happy to present Marit-Inga Suel with a Certificate of North American Studies. Ms. Suel had successfully completed the course Communicative Skills and two classes in American studies (American Renaissance and The Gothic Tradition), and thus earned 10 ECTS and the certificate.

Photograph by Graham Howard


Canadian Guest Professorship:

During the coming summer term Prof. Dr. Domenico A. Beneventi of Sherbrooke University, Québec, will visit us and teach two Master courses in literary studies at the English Department, which will be part of the Fachergänzungsmodul Nordamerikastudien.


Anglophone Québec-Literature

This course is a survey English-Canadian literature in Quebec from the 1950s to the present, including novels, poems, short stories, plays, and films that uncover the shifting social, political, cultural, and literary contexts in which English-language writing is produced in the province. The course will examine the diversity of the “anglo” communities of Quebec through their literature, cultural positioning, and interactions with the francophone majority of the province. The course discussions will consider questions of social class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity so as to provide a representative sampling of the thematic diversity of English writing in Quebec.The objectives of this course include: providing students with an overview of major canonical writers and texts in English-Canadian Literature in Quebec as well as lesser known writers and works, and situating them historically, culturally, ideologically, and thematically; developing students' abilities to engage in close, critical readings and analysis.


Brooke, Frances. The History of Emily Montague (1769)

Gallant, Mavis. Montreal Stories (2011)

Heather O’Neill. Lullabies for Little Criminals (2006)

MacLennan, Hugh. Two Solitudes (1945)

Poetry selections by A.J.M. Smith, Patrick Anderson, F.R. Scott, A.M. Klein, Leonard Cohen

Urban Writing in Canada

This graduate seminar surveys some of the principle theoretical and critical texts on space and the city with a view to applying such theories to the analysis of  contemporary Canadian literature in a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. Foundational works on theories of space and the city by Lefebvre, Massey, Harvey, Grosz, Bachelard, and others will allows us to situate the fictionalization of urban space through the perspectives of human geography, gender studies, critical race theory, and class studies. The seminar will explore the city as a material reality, as a socio-economic process, and as locus of embodied, lived subjectivities and how these are related to notions of citizenship, belonging, exclusion, and national identity.

Novels:  The following texts are available in electronic form (kindle e-book)

Basilières, Michel. Black Bird (2011)

Brand, Dionne. What We All Long For (2011)

Clarke, George Elliott. George and Rue (2011)

Hage Rawi. Cockroach (2008)

Choy, Wayson. All That Matters (2005)

Ondaatje Michael. In the Skin of a Lion  (1987)

Ryga, George. The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. (1967)

Theoretical Texts (will be available on OLAT)

Bachelard, Gaston. The Poetics of Space

De Cereau, Michel. “Walking in the City”

Foucault, Michel. “Of Other Spaces”

Friedman, Susan. “Bodies on the Move: A Poetics of Home and Diaspora.”

Grosz, Elizabeth. Space, Time and Perversion

Harvey, David. “The Right to the City”

Lefebvre, Henri. The Production of Space

New, W.H. “Writing Here”

Massey, Doreen. Space, Place and Gender.

Soja, Edward. “Postmodern Geographies”