1424.15 - The Political Novel in Faroese Literature (MA)

Course number
The Political Novel in Faroese Literature (MA)
BA in Faroese or the equivalent preconditions. It is also possible to complete the course as a separate course (see valid curriculum).
The course offers an introduction to and a discussion of the political novel. Working with theoretical texts on the relationship between politics and the novel the students will gain an understanding of the subject politics and the novel and they will learn to use relevant theories critically and systematically in their analysis of political novels.
The course focuses on the political novel as genre. Political novels are about political issues and they often represent political thoughts and opinions. But how do we define the political novel and what characterizes the political novel in Faroese literature? The political novel can address different issues, e.g. issues concerning nationality, the poor, the labor movement, gender etc. But political novels have in common that they are about political issues and that the characters in them either support or oppose certain political ideologies or agendas. Irving Howe states in Politics and the Novel: “in the political novel it is politics above all, politics as both temptation and impediment, that represents the necessary” (Howe 2002: 23). The novels will be analyzed on the basis of definitions like Howe’s. Students should expect to read a substantial amount of fiction, four novels, and participate in class discussions.
Learning and teaching approaches
The course is class-based and offered as three hour weekly sessions. The learning and teaching strategies used are lectures, student presentations and class discussions.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course successful students will have gained insight into the political novel in Faroese literature and they will be able demonstrate their ability to analyze political novels and explain the relationship between politics and literature. The students will also have learned to critically describe and make use of different theories on the political novels and the relationship between politics and literature and they will be able to see Faroese political novels in comparison with political novels elsewhere. On the basis of this the general learning outcomes will be: - Ability to critically read and explain theoretical texts - Ability to asses different theories of literature and make use of them - Ability to work with and analyze literary texts on the basis of clear definitions - Ability to delimit and define a subject - Ability to raise questions and work with them systematically - Ability to prepare and perform presentations of academics interest
Assessment method
Oral examination with half an hour preparation time. Reexamination: same as regular.
Theoretical texts Irving Howe: Politics and the Novel (1957/1987), s. 1-24, 252-273 Stuart A. Scheingold: The Political Novel (2010), s. 1-25 Henrik Kaare Nielsen & Karen-Margrethe Simonsen: Æstetik og politik. Analyser af politiske potentialer i samtidskunsten (2008), 7-36, 87-100, 116-131 Georg Lukács: The Historical Novel (1937/1989), s. 19-30 Ib Bondebjerg og Anker Gemzøe: “Arbejderlitteratur – proletarisk litteratur – socialistisk litteratur”. Kultur & Klasse 42 (1982), s. 5-11 Friedrich Engels: “Falsk bevidsthed kender ikke de egentlige drivkræfter”. Kritik nr. 199 (2011), s. 3-5 (+ stuttur inngangur s. 2) Gorm Larsen: “Falsk bevidshed som litteraturteoretisk figur”. Kritik nr. 199 (2011) s, 22-29 Benedict Anderson: Imagined Communities (1983), s.11-16, 41-48 Ernst Renan: “What is a nation? Í Homi K. Bhabha: Nation and Narration (1990), s. 8-22 Jógvan Isaksen: Loystur úr fjøtrum (2006), s. 93-104 Malan Marnersdóttir: “Skaldslig søga ella søgulig skaldsøga”. Í Fróðskaparrit nr. 44 (1996), s. 23-42 Skarðhamar, Anne-Kari: “Dancing on the Edge between Pride and Shame”. Í Scandinavica Vol. 49 No 2 (2010), s. 49-60 Novels Heðin Brú : Leikum fagurt (1963) D.P. Danielsen: Hvørt við sínar náðir... (1990) Gunnar Hoydal: Í havsins hjarta (2007) Durita Holm: Zapatista (2014) (some minor changes may be made)
Bergur Djurhuus Hansen