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Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2018/19 , Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2024
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Put the Kettle on! Tea and Other Hot Drinks in British Culture and Literature from the 17th Century to the Present    Sprache: Englisch    Belegpflicht
(Keine Nummer) Hauptseminar     WiSe 2018/19     2 SWS     jedes Semester    
   Lehreinheit: Anglistik    
   Teilnehmer/-in  Maximal : 50  
   Zugeordnete Lehrperson:   Heyl
Zur Zeit keine Belegung möglich
   Termin: Dienstag   10:00  -  12:00    wöch.
Beginn : 09.10.2018   
      Raum :   R12 R05 A69   R12R  

Well into the mid-seventeenth century, everybody in England – men, women and children – drank beer. Beer was the standard drink because drinking water was not particularly safe, especially in cities. The transition from beer to hot drinks such as coffee, chocolate and, above all, tea in the British Isles is a remarkable phenomenon. We shall trace this development from its beginnings in the seventeenth century.

The rise of hot drinks was intimately connected with global trade, colonialism, slavery (no hot drinks without sugar, no sugar without slaves) and the opium trade (Chinese tea was exchanged for opium produced in British India). There is an interesting connection between coffee and journalism and the development of the public sphere as the earliest newspapers were both written and read in London´s coffee houses. In the eighteenth century, the tea table became a site of middle-class domestic sociability. The etiquette of preparing and taking various drinks was intimately tied to evolving gender roles. Tea still retains a huge significance in the culture of British everyday life.

A reader will be available from the usual place in Reckhammerweg. Requirements: thorough preparation for each session, active participation, and, if applicable, written work according to your particular Studienordnung. As always: think, enjoy (!), annotate, and look things up if necessary. Please feel free to bring your favourite hot drinks to the seminar room.