Universität Wien FIND

123046 PS Proseminar Literature / Literary Studies (2016S)

The Author as Celebrity

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Details

max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Participants are expected to present 15-minute papers at a 'mini-conference' scheduled for Saturday, 11 June (app. 10am-6pm). Attendance of the mini-conference is compulsory! There will, however, be no classes on 23 and 30 June.

Donnerstag 10.03. 08:30 - 10:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 17.03. 08:30 - 10:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 07.04. 08:30 - 10:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 14.04. 08:30 - 10:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 21.04. 08:30 - 10:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 28.04. 08:30 - 10:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 12.05. 08:30 - 10:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 19.05. 08:30 - 10:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 02.06. 08:30 - 10:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 09.06. 08:30 - 10:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Samstag 11.06. 10:00 - 18:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09
Donnerstag 16.06. 08:30 - 10:00 Raum 2 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-09

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

We live in what Richard Todd has aptly described as a “‘meet-the-author’ culture” that exploits the ‘star potential’ of literary brand names and has led to the familiar presence of the celebrity author at literary festivals, public readings, TV talk shows, literary prizes, and academic conferences. Ostensibly at odds with postmodernism’s often proclaimed ‘death of the author’, there is a growing preoccupation with the author as a cultural icon, object of commodification, and political and social commentator. The ongoing fascination with authorship can be traced back to the Romantic period, when the advent of mass-market print culture gave rise to literary celebrity culture and the cult of the author.

In this class, we will explore concepts and representations of celebrity authorship in literary texts across historical periods and genres. Specifically, we will pay attention to how these texts highlight the complex interplay of literary celebrity, class, gender, and politics; moreover, we will analyse the ways in which they reflect the tensions between the aesthetic and the commercial, artistic autonomy and the marketplace, authorial self-fashioning and media appropriation, art and action.

Participants will develop their practical skills in the critical analysis of literary texts and will be familiarised with some of the theoretical key concepts central to the study and interpretation of authorship and the cultural phenomenon of celebrity. In addition, participants will improve their oral presentation skills and will be introduced to the basic methods and techniques of academic research and writing.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Regular attendance and active participation in class-room discussions, research and reading assignments, short mid-term paper, oral presentation at mini conference, end-term paper

Please note: Participants are expected to present 15-minute papers at a 'mini-conference' scheduled Saturday, 11 June (app. 10am-6pm). Attendance of the mini-conference is compulsory!

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Active participation and research assignments (15%); mid-term paper (15%); oral presentation (20%); end-term paper (50%). In order to pass this course, participants will need to successfully complete all of these assigned tasks.

Prüfungsstoff

Participants are expected to read, and critically engage with, all set texts on the reading list plus the additional primary and secondary material provided.

Literatur

The texts discussed in class will include extracts from Lord Byron’s “Don Juan” (1819-1824) and a selection of poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, and Robert Browning; short fiction by Maria Jewsbury (“The Young Author”, 1825), W.M. Thackeray (“The Lion Huntress of Belgravia”, 1850) and Henry James (“The Death of the Lion”, 1894); Thomas Kilroy’s play “The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde” (1998). These texts will be made available on Moodle, along with further selected primary and secondary material.

Copies of J.M. Coetzee’s novel “Elizabeth Costello” (London: Vintage, 2004) will be available at the Bookshop Facultas am Campus.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: UF 344, BA 612; BEd 046
Code/Modul: UF 3.3.3-304, BA10.1; BEd 08a.1, BEd 08b.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-3041

Letzte Änderung: Fr 31.08.2018 08:50