WiSe 16/17: A Revolutionary Culture: Sources of America's Political Imaginary
This lecture course deals with the sources of a political imaginary in the United States, focusing on documents, debates, and artifacts from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Topics ... read more
This lecture course deals with the sources of a political imaginary in the United States, focusing on documents, debates, and artifacts from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Topics include the impact of the American Revolution on native cultures, the cultural work of The Federalist, the French Revolution in America, the parallel emergence of political parties and a national political press, the South and slavery, as well as other issues.
The lecture course serves as “Vorlesung” of Culture-Module A (Amerikanische Ideengeschichte und Theorien amerikanischer Kultur) in the Master’s degree program. Recommended preparatory background reading: Frank Kelleter, Amerikanische Aufklärung: Sprachen der Rationalität im Zeitalter der Revolution (2002, will be made available on the reserve shelf for this course in the library). Registration: All participants must be registered via Blackboard and Campus Management before the first session. If you cannot register online or cannot attend the first session, please contact Prof. Kelleter before the beginning of the term. Requirements: see Syllabus and Course Description (on Blackboard). Students can take this lecture course in conjunction with the seminar “The American Enlightenment” (same room, immediately after the lecture). close