552.331 (20S) Issues in Literature: Postmodernism

Sommersemester 2020

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13.03.2020 15:00 - 18:00 N.0.42 On Campus
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Lehrende/r
LV-Titel englisch
Issues in Literature: Postmodernism
LV-Art
Seminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
Semesterstunde/n
2.0
ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte
6.0
Anmeldungen
15 (25 max.)
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
Englisch
LV-Beginn
13.03.2020
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs
Anmerkungen
14-tägige Lehrveranstaltung.

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Intendierte Lernergebnisse

After completing this course, you:

  • are familiar with basic features of postmodern artworks
  • draw connections between literary works, films and the culture and history of postmodernism
  • are able to apply essential terminology for formal and structural analysis of literary texts and films
  • are sufficiently skilled in narratology

Lehrmethodik inkl. Einsatz von eLearning-Tools

Lecture inputs, practical exercises, close reading, film clips, in-class discussion of the assigned texts and films in relation to ideas and concerns discussed in the course.

Inhalt/e

Postmodern fiction, like postmodernism as a whole, is difficult to define. The new avant-garde literature partly carried modernism further, partly reacted against it, for example against its ideology and its historic orientation. Instead of the preceding modernist quest for meaning in a chaotic world, postmodern writers often playfully avoid the possibility of meaning. They frequently celebrate chance over craft and employ metafiction to undermine the presence of a single all-powerful storytelling authority. Starting out with David Lodge's essay "The Novelist at the Crossroads" (1971), we will explore different manifestations of 'postmodern' features in British and American literary texts and films.

Topics include, among others, intertextuality, metafiction, self-reflexivity, non-linear narratives, paradoxes, multiverses, unreliable narration.

Erwartete Vorkenntnisse

Introduction to Literary Studies

Literatur

Films discussed in class include Natural Born Killers (1994), Pulp Fiction (1994), Lost Highway (1997), Fight Club (1999), Matrix (1999), eXistenZ (1999), Memento (2000), Triangle (2009), Inception (2010), Source Code (2011), Coherence (2013), Her (2013), Enemy (2013), Bandersnatch (2018), Searching (2018), Zoe (2018).

Texts discussed in class are:

  • David Lodge "The Novelist at the Crossroads" (1971)
  • David Lodge "Hotel des Boobs" (1986)
  • Gabriel Josipovici "Mobius the Stripper" (1974)
  • Gabriel Josipovici "Goldberg" (1989)
  • Tim Pratt "Impossible Dreams" (2006)

(Literary texts as well as David Lodge's "Novelist at the Crossroads" will be made available on Moodle before the beginning of the term.)

- The complete list of primary texts as well as the topics for your presentations will be announced in the first session.

- Secondary texts will be announced in the first session.

Study help:

  • Bradbury, Malcolm. 2001. The Modern British Novel 1878-2001. London et al.: Penguin.
  • Nünning, Ansgar. 2007. Der englische Roman des 20. Jahrhunderts. Stuttgart: Klett.
  • Anthrin Steinke. 2007. Aspekte postmodernen Erzählens im amerikanischen Film der Gegenwart. Trier: WVT.

Intendierte Lernergebnisse

After completing this course, you:

  • are familiar with basic features of postmodern artworks
  • draw connections between literary works, films and the culture and history of postmodernism
  • are able to apply essential terminology for formal and structural analysis of literary texts and films
  • are sufficiently skilled in narratology

Lehrmethodik inkl. Einsatz von eLearning-Tools

Lecture inputs, practical exercises, close reading, film clips, in-class discussion of the assigned texts and films in relation to ideas and concerns discussed in the course.

Inhalt/e

Postmodern fiction, like postmodernism as a whole, is difficult to define. The new avant-garde literature partly carried modernism further, partly reacted against it, for example against its ideology and its historic orientation. Instead of the preceding modernist quest for meaning in a chaotic world, postmodern writers often playfully avoid the possibility of meaning. They frequently celebrate chance over craft and employ metafiction to undermine the presence of a single all-powerful storytelling authority. Starting out with David Lodge's essay "The Novelist at the Crossroads" (1971), we will explore different manifestations of 'postmodern' features in British and American literary texts and films.

Topics include for instance intertextuality, metafiction, self-reflexivity, non-linear narratives, paradoxes, multiverses, unreliable narration.

Erwartete Vorkenntnisse

Introduction to Literary Studies

Literatur

Films discussed in class include Natural Born Killers (1994), Pulp Fiction (1994), Lost Highway (1997), Fight Club (1999), Matrix (1999), eXistenZ (1999), Memento (2000), Triangle (2009), Inception (2010), Source Code (2011), Coherence (2013), Her (2013), Enemy (2013), Bandersnatch (2018), Searching (2018), Zoe (2018).

Texts discussed in class are:

  • David Lodge "The Novelist at the Crossroads" (1971)
  • David Lodge "Hotel des Boobs" (1986)
  • Gabriel Josipovici "Mobius the Stripper" (1974)
  • Gabriel Josipovici "Goldberg" (1989)
  • Tim Pratt "Impossible Dreams" (2006)

(Literary texts as well as David Lodge's "Novelist at the Crossroads" will be made available on Moodle before the beginning of the term.)

- The complete list of primary texts as well as the topics for your presentations will be announced in the first session.

- Secondary texts will be announced in the first session.

Study help:

  • Bradbury, Malcolm. 2001. The Modern British Novel 1878-2001. London et al.: Penguin.
  • Nünning, Ansgar. 2007. Der englische Roman des 20. Jahrhunderts. Stuttgart: Klett.
  • Anthrin Steinke. 2007. Aspekte postmodernen Erzählens im amerikanischen Film der Gegenwart. Trier: WVT.

Prüfungsinformationen

Im Fall von online durchgeführten Prüfungen sind die Standards zu beachten, die die technischen Geräte der Studierenden erfüllen müssen, um an diesen Prüfungen teilnehmen zu können.

Prüfungsmethode/n

  • 20 % Regular attendance: at least 12 out of 14 seminars (1 seminar session = 90 minutes)
  • 20% Active participation in discussion, group work, homework assignments
  • 30 % Presentation in class, active participation
  • 30 % Term paper (3,500 to 4,500 words): Students can freely choose the topic and narrative medium, as long as there is a focus on Postmodernism / Postmodernist features.

Prüfungsmethode/n

Examination & Exam mode

20 % Regular attendance: at least 12 out of 14 seminars (1 seminar session = 90 minutes)

20% Active participation in discussion, group work, homework assignments

30 % Presentation in class, active participation

30 % Term paper (3,500 to 4,500 words): Students can freely choose the topic and narrative medium, as long as there is a focus on Postmodernism / Postmodernist features.

Beurteilungsschema

Note Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.2)
    • Fach: Literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlich ausgerichtetes Wahlfach (Wahlfach)
      • 9.1 Issues in Literature ( 0.0h SE / 6.0 ECTS)
        • 552.331 Issues in Literature: Postmodernism (2.0h SE / 6.0 ECTS)
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