The current profile of English literature at Chemnitz Technical University covers the entire field of English literature – from Shakespeare to the present. This complexity requires context-related, literary and cultural theoretical approaches, as well as cultural ones. Hence, the profile comprises the academic fields of English literary and cultural theory as well as the anglophone literatures and cultures beyond Great Britain, including Africa, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, New Zealand and South Asia. In addition, the new media are considered as decisive elements in the context of the studies of English literatures, with a special focus on literary adaptations and gender studies.
Moreover, the emphasis on the literature and culture of the British Isles endows students with a substantial regional competence (England, Scotland, (Northern-) Ireland and Wales). This opens out to an intercultural process of comprehension, which is extended by providing an understanding of the New English Literatures/Postcolonial Literatures, with a significant focus on India. Consequently, the postcolonial experience broadens the “classic” study of English as it builds bridges towards transnational, socio-geographical and globalised literary and cultural studies.
In addition, the current profile offers an interdisciplinary and integrative step towards the new media. In the age of globalisation and migration, intercultural competence is gaining more importance and can even be considered as the key competence of the 21st century. The primarily anglophone and medial globality of the international employment market and the growing occupational mobility with which future generations of students are confronted require concurrence of professional, literary, cultural, historical and media-specific skills.
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