Sadly, Race/Class/Gender criticism remains an unloved and often underestimated part of the Grundkurs-curriculum. Since these concepts have been around for a while, their causes are often dismissed as no longer relevant. In fact, together with ecocriticism, Race/Class/Gender provide important critical lenses through which we can read and discuss issues and texts, and which help us towards a more complex understanding of the literature we analyse.
In this course, we will therefore put a firm focus on exploring these concepts. After a quick look at Race/Class/Gender/Eco in their historical context(s), we will apply each criticism to Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, a classic of English children's literature from the early twentieth century. In the second half of the seminar, we will study other, more contemporary texts and explore how the lens of RCGE may still provide meaningful perspectives for complex discussion.
Please purchase: Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden. Norton Critical Edition, ISBN 978-0393926354.