Donnerstag, 10. November 2016, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Outlaws, Rebels, Misfits: Cultures of Deviance


Unterrichtsraum, Institut für Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Spitalgasse 2-4, Hof 8.3, 1090 Wien


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Donnerstag, 01. Dezember 2016, 18:30 - 20:00

Donnerstag, 15. Dezember 2016, 18:30 - 20:00

Donnerstag, 12. Januar 2017, 18:30 - 20:00

Donnerstag, 19. Januar 2017, 18:30 - 20:00

This lecture course in cultural studies brings together scholars from 6 countries and disciplines as varied as cultural studies, literary studies, history, linguistics, anthropology, and Oriental studies. Together, we will examine theoretizations and representations of outlaws, rebels, and misfits in Anglophone literature and culture. One focus will be the Caribbean and a hemispheric American Studies approach that links hispanophone and anglophone regions.

Students will learn about pirates, runaway slaves, western heroes, Native American detectives, superheroes from comics, and Fight Clubbers.

The term "Outlaw" and/or "Rebel" and/or "Misfit" will be broadly interpreted, but also specifically defined in each lecture, e.g. with regard to its relation to "traditionally“ oppressed and marginalized social/ethnic/religious groups and their agency in terms of resistance (both politically and economically). The main question to be debated during the entire lecture cycle is the usefulness of these terms and possible definitions on the one hand, and the connection between stigmatization and the cultural construction of Otherness (e.g. xenophobia, anti-judaism, anti-islamic discourse, racism, (hetero)sexism, demonization, criminalization) on the other - and how cultural texts, media and society deal with so-called Outlaws.

Hence, the course is multi- and interdisciplinarily oriented and spans epochs from the early modern era to the contemporary period, with one focus on colonial and postcolonial contexts.



1. Enter the Outlaw: Introduction and Overview - Alexandra Ganser (American Studies, Univ. of Vienna)

2. The Language of Crime and Deviance - Andrea Mayr (Linguistics, Belfast University)

3. Slaves and Slave Traders between In- and Outlawing: The Amistad Case - Michael Zeuske (History, Cologne University)

4. The Two and a Half Lives of Billy the Kid (1859-?) - Michael Draxlbauer (American Studies, Univ. of Vienna)

5. Indigenizing the Outlaw: Native American Detective Fiction in the US and Canada - Alexandra Hauke (American Studies, Univ. of Vienna)

6. "This is our world now": Deviance and Re-Generation in Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club - Ana Sobral (English, Zürich University)

7. Outraged Outlaws and Monstrous Misfits: Fantasies of Masculinity in Anglophone Superhero Comics - Ranthild Salzer (Cultural Studies, Univ. of Vienna)

8. Invaders of Innocence: John Locke and the "Enemy of all Humankind" - Sonja Schillings (American Studies, Univ. of Gießen)

9. Pirates, Buccaneers, and the Internationalization of the Caribbean - Iris Gareis (Anthropology, Univ. of Frankfurt)

10. Breaking Bad: The Privateering-Piracy Continuum in Early Modern Times - Kris Lane (History, Tulane University)

11. Runaway Slaves: Maroons and Illicit Trade in the Caribbean - Christian Cwik (History, Univ. of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad)

12. Islam and Resistance in the Americas: Histories, Movements, Media - Philipp Bruckmayr (Oriental Studies, Univ. of Vienna)

13. Written Exam


Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alexandra Ganser & Dr. Christian Cwik


Eléonore Tarla
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik