Posted by Michael Fuchs on February 8, 2010; last updated on June 15, 2010

March 1, 2010 Course Overview
March 8, 2010 The Study of Fiction I: The Story Level
March 15, 2010 The Study of Fiction II: Narrative Point of View and Narrative Voice
March 22, 2010 The Study of Fiction III: Narrative Voice Cont. & Structure
April 19, 2010 The Study of Fiction IV: Intertextuality
April 26, 2010 The Study of Fiction V: Self- and Meta-Reference
May 3, 2010 The Bluest Eye: A Case Study
May 10, 2010 American Psycho: A Case Study
May 17, 2010 A Short Introduction to Intermedial Narratology: Studying Graphic Novels
May 31, 2010 The Study of Drama: A Short Introduction
June 7, 2010 Our Town: A Case Study
June 14, 2010 We Bombed in New Haven: A Case Study
June 18, 2010 Q&A on Terminology and Secondary (and Primary?) Texts
June 21, 2010 Academic Writing Workshop & Trial Exam
June 28, 2010 Exam


Posted by Michael Fuchs on February 8, 2010


Ellis, Bret Easton. American Psycho. London: Picador, 1991. - buy from amazon

Heller, Joseph. We Bombed in New Haven. 1967. London: Jonathan Cape, 1969. --> will be made available

Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. 1970. London: Vintage, 1999. --> ca. 15 copies (various editions) in library - buy from amazon

Nünning, Vera and Ansgar. An Introduction to the Study of English and American Literature. Stuttgart: Klett, 2004. - buy from amazon

Spiegelman, Art. Maus: A Survivor's Tale. Part I: My Father Bleeds History. New York, NY: Pantheon, 1986. - buy from amazon or buy The Complete Maus from amazon

Wilder, Thornton. Our Town. 1938. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2003. --> will be made available

Please try to acquire the editions listed above; added amazon links to the respective editions.


Barry, Peter. Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. 3rd Edition. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009.

Gray, Richard. A History of American Literature. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2003.

Kennedy, X.J., and Dana Gioia. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. 11th Edition. New York, NY: Pearson-Longman, 2009.*

Meyer, Michael. The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing. 8th Edition. Boston, MA: Bedford Press, 2008.*

Murfin, Ross C., and Supryia M. Ray. Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms. 3rd Edition. Boston, MA: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009.

Pfister, Manfred. Das Drama: Theorie und Analyse. 11th Edition. Stuttgart: UTB, 2001.

Wagner, Hans-Peter. A History of British, Irish and American Literature. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2003.

* The Pearson and Bedford introductions to literature are clearly either-or suggestions, since they are very similar.