Please note: this course is for students of Grundschulpädagogik only.
In this course we will cast a critical eye on the 'norm' represented through fictional texts. You will become acquainted with important terminology and concepts of literary studies, which will help you focus less on what is said and more on how it is represented. We will analyse a variety of texts from different genres, such as short stories, extracts from novels as well as secondary literature, and reflect how these texts construct or challenge a perceived norm. Starting with fictional representations of various forms of disability, we will also discuss questions of stereotypes, authenticity (do fictional texts need to be authentic? Is that even possible?), and categories such as race, class, and gender.
Critical concepts and literary theory can (and should) be applied to any form of literature, even – and perhaps especially – picture books, so in the second part we will focus on children's books that include single-parent families or other family constellations outside the heteronormative, 'nuclear' family model.
(Lots of) reading material will be made available on Stud.IP.