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Janina Kuhn

Die vorliegende länder- und schulartübergreifende Studie geht der Frage nach, welchen Beitrag der Englischunterricht zur politischen Bildung von Schülerinnen und Schülern leistet. Ausgehend von den Anforderungen an einen politisch mündigen Bürger, werden potentiell politisch relevante Themen einer inhaltlichen und didaktisch-methodischen Würdigung unterzogen. Das qualitativ angelegte Forschungsprojekt leistet einen Beitrag zur Lehrwerkkritik. Auf der Basis der Untersuchungsergebnisse zeigt die Arbeit Perspektiven auf, wie Potentiale für die Entwicklung politischer Bildung im Englischunterricht in einer neuen Lehrwerkgeneration genutzt werden können.

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American Patriotism and Corporate Identity in Automobile Advertising

«What’s Good for General Motors Is Good for the Country and Vice Versa?»


Markus Weik

The triumphal march of the automobile and its connection with American culture have often been acknowledged in scholarship. By contrast, the culture-specific, value-oriented advertising strategies of the most important US carmaker General Motors (GM) in its home market have received less attention, especially in American Studies. This study focuses on the connection between GM products and America and the fundamental values represented by politics, business, and society. The author examines which textual and visual strategies GM uses in its image advertising to establish and maintain its patriotic American image. He argues that GM’s advertising campaigns follow a patriotic leitmotif and are consistently in line with American core values, often generating new patriotic ideas.

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How to Write About Poetry

A Pocket Guide

Brendan Cooper

When secondary school or university students are asked what they find hardest aboutstudying English, the most popular answer by far is poetry. This book is the first poetry analysis guide intended for all candidates studying English at secondary and university levels. Importantly, it is a «pocket guide» – concise and accessible. This means that all students will be able to find it useful, whether they happen to be struggling in the subject or trying to secure their own top-grade performance. The guide is organised into five short, reader-friendly chapters: an introduction, «Why is Poetry Difficult?», «What do Poems Mean?», «The Challenge of Poetic Form», and «How to Write an Essay on a Poem». Each of these chapters challenges particular misunderstandings about poetry while presenting some clear, practical strategies for how to analyse poems.

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Laura A. Zander

Predicated upon the opposition of writing back and reading forward, the author challenges some of the established concerns or preoccupations of the field. Postcolonial theory, framed by several binary assumptions, e.g. the dichotomy of coloniser/colonised, perpetrator/victim, powerful/powerless, has frequently led to a partial vision regarding postcolonial subjects as well as literatures. By submitting six selected novels from India, South Africa and the Caribbean to contrastive readings, the book maps out the scope of literary interpretation, also and in particular in a postcolonial context. More than simply providing a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of each text, this study challenges both the benefits and limits of the postcolonial as a critical theoretical approach.

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Edited by Wiesław Krajka

This book paints the landscape of major trends and achievements of studies in Anglophone literatures in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine. The book shows which tendencies in these investigations are common to all these former Communist countries and which are specific to any of them, which ones and to what extent are shared with global research in the field. The material presented covers the periods before WW II, from 1939-45 to the "autumn of nations" in 1989, and after that caesura, with concentration on the most recent years. The sequence of the essays is from comprehensive surveys of the entire field of investigations through evaluative presentation of some of the main and most influential publications to evaluation of academic system and methods of teaching literatures in English. The surveys are focussed on both the major tendencies and the particular phenomena illustrating them, and combine manifestations of studies in literatures in English with contexts external to them (including political ones). They display a variety and wealth of the issues studied, of the critical approaches, schools and areas of research against the changing canon of English literature in the XX century, especially of contemporary literature.

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Samuel Coale

Pursuing the Sublime in the Digital Age presents an historical and cultural overview of the sublime as personal experience and as described in fiction and culture. Samuel Coale offers insight into his interpretation of the sublime through analyses of philosophers and artists who have worked within romantic, modernist and postmodern traditions. His narrative is designed for use as a template through which readers can explore and examine their own sublime experiences, and will appeal to both the general public and cultural critics and scholars.

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Rachel Knighton

This book examines a selection of prison memoirs by five renowned African writers: Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Ruth First, Wole Soyinka, Nawal El Saadawi and Jack Mapanje. Detained across the continent from the 1960s onward due to their writing and political engagement, each writer’s memoir forms a crucial yet often overlooked part of their wider literary work. The author analyses the varied and unique narrative strategies used to portray the prison, formulating a theory of prison memoir as genre that reads the texts alongside postcolonial, trauma, life-writing and prison theory. The book also illustrates the importance of these memoirs in the telling of their historical moment, from apartheid South Africa to post-independence Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt and Malawi.

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Autonomes E-Learning

Effizienz – Didaktik – Perspektiven


Björn Langkopf

Diese Arbeit wurde mit dem Bremer Forschungspreis des AKS für wissenschaftliche Arbeiten zur Erforschung des Fremdsprachenlernens und -lehrens an Hochschulen 2019 ausgezeichnet.


Seit Jahren wird auf die Bedeutung des E-Learning für die Gestaltung moderner Lehr- und Lernprozesse hingewiesen. Allerdings fehlen noch solide wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zur Wirksamkeit digitaler Lernszenarien, besonders im Bereich des autonomen Lernens. Auf Basis empirischer Untersuchungen stellt sich der Autor das Ziel, dieses Forschungsdefizit zu reduzieren. Dabei liegt das Augenmerk neben der Herausstellung von Effizienzmerkmalen auch auf der Beobachtung und Beschreibung von Lernverhalten und Lernstrategien in digitalen Lernumgebungen. Darauf aufbauend zeigt der Autor Wege zur praktischen Herangehensweise an das E-Learning aus Sicht der Lehrenden und Lerner. Anhand von Fragestellungen zu Wechselwirkungen zwischen E-Learning, Lernerautonomie und individualisiertem Unterricht zeichnet er den Grundriss einer speziellen Didaktik des autonomen E-Learning.

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Edited by Larry J. Swain

A Saxon of St. Boniface’s acquaintance in England observed that the two peoples, the English and Saxons, were of the same bone and blood. Certainly Boniface himself noted the similarities in language and story between the two peoples. In modern scholarship, however, rarely are early continental Germanic literary remains discussed in the same breath with the Anglo-Saxon materials in spite of the apparent relationships, in distinct contrast to the well-explored relationships between Old English literature and Old Norse.

The purpose of this collection of essays is to redress that absence. The essays collected here aim to compare key texts and practices of the Anglo-Saxons with their continental counterparts. Motifs, scribal habits, tropes, and themes are here explored connecting Beowulf, Heliand, and Exodus specifically, as well as exploring some elements on a larger cultural canvas.

It is infrequent to have articles dealing with such subjects; continental Germanic literature, particularly that of the pre-twelfth century, is one of the most ignored areas in medieval studies. This volume of essays will open up discussion further.

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Edgar Allan Poe

Amateur Psychologist

Brett Zimmerman

Edgar Allan Poe: Amateur Psychologist is the "first and foremost" major source of information dedicated to the theme of Poe and psychopathology. Its introduction, conclusion, chapters, and appendices highlight and employ the best insights from earlier and current scholars, but this text goes beyond them in its analysis of Poe’s relation to mainstream psychology and its rival system, phrenology. His knowledge of this subject matter is far broader and deeper than Poe specialists have hitherto supposed; his method—contrary to the "Poe myth" according to which an alcoholic, drug-addicted, tormented artist wrote to exorcise his own pathologies—was to research mental illnesses for the sake of scientific precision and verisimilitude. We also come to appreciate the interrelatedness of the psychopathologies he illustrates and other "knowledge frames," characteristic themes, featured in his tales, such as the occult, symbology, chromatography, the "cult of sensibility," Neoplatonism, and Transcendentalist epistemology. While locating Poe firmly within the science and pseudoscience of his time, Edgar Allan Poe: Amateur Psychologist simultaneously looks back from the 1830s and 40s (when Poe’s literary career was at its height) to theories and possible sources of information from the late eighteenth century, as well as forward to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to demonstrate how Poe’s theories of mind, and his depiction of psychological illnesses, occasionally anticipate modern insights and therapies. The book will be of interest not only to Poe scholars but also to students, teachers, and any intelligent reader interested in psychology, psychotherapy, and the history of ideas.