Teaching PhilosophyThe goal of my teaching is to encourage autonomous learning and the development of analytical and critical thinking. In order to achieve this in the context of any study programme which includes literature and cultural studies elements, students have to obtain theoretical and methodological knowledge, knowledge concerning the specific socio-historical and cultural background of the source material, and excellent knowledge of the source materials themselves. Conveying these fundamentals is therefore the basis of my teaching. Without them, the overarching goal, i.e. making the interdiscursive epistemological potential of literary and cultural studies accessible, is not achievable. It follows from this overall goal that my courses share an interdisciplinary perspective and incorporate elements not only from literary and cultural studies but also from philosophy, sociology, political science, history, media studies, etc. In my courses and seminars I take great care to create an atmosphere which encourages autonomous learning processes. Above all, however, I aim to convey the one thing which impressed me most about the best university teachers and instructors when I was a student myself: their genuine enthusiasm for literature and culture, and literary and cultural studies.
Courses Taught Alternate Histories? The Novels of E.L. Doctorow; British Politics and the Irish Dimension; Canadian Dystopias: Atwood, Coupland, Doctorow; Capital Myths: Representations of London on the Cusp of the Millennium; Cityscapes; Defoe and Swift Examining the Past: The Historical Novel and Historiographic Metafiction; Forbidden Words: Drama and Censorship; Fragments: Identity and the Postmodern British Novel; H. G. Wells; Identität und Identitätskonstruktionen in den Romanen von Iain Banks; Intermediate Discussion and Essay Writing; Introduction to Drama: Taboo and Transgression; Introduction to Drama: The End of Censorship; Introduction to Fiction: Making Men, Making Women; Introduction to Fiction: Reading the Novel; Introduction to Literary Theory; Literature and Science; Literature and Science in the 19th Century; Night; Oliver Twist Meets the Jack-Roller; Out of This World? The Case of Science Fiction; Peter Ackroyd und der Diskurs der Postmoderne; Realism and Experiment in the 1980s: Banville, Ishiguro, Swift; Shakespeare Rewritings; Transnational Identities in Contemporary British and German Literature; Understanding Comics: Image, Text and Narrative; Violence and Gender; Women's Writing in the New World.