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125260 VO Cultural Studies - MA M01 (2014S)

The Many Faces of Biography

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik

Details

max. 150 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Prüfungstermine

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 13.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Donnerstag 20.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Donnerstag 27.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Donnerstag 03.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Donnerstag 10.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Donnerstag 08.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Donnerstag 15.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Donnerstag 22.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Donnerstag 05.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Donnerstag 12.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

People are eternally fascinated by other people's life stories, and the urge to record these stories is often considered a basic human need. Notably, the popularity of biography as a cultural practice has exploded over the past few decades, spawning new forms and modes, and spreading to new media. The recent biography boom has also sparked a fresh interest in life-writing on the part of academia, with scholars from disciplines as diverse as literary studies, history, sociology, music, cultural studies, or ethnology contributing to the production and critical analysis of biographical work.
This interdisciplinary lecture series will bring together renowned scholars from different fields working on various historical epochs and auto/biographical practices. Themes that will occupy us throughout include subject representation and the notion of biographical truth, the questions whose lives get told, for what reasons, and in what form. Next to the conventional book-length treatment of a life we will critically investigate alternative and innovative forms of life-writing, such as fictional biographies, bio pics, bio plays, and virtual biographies.

13.3. Werner Huber & Julia Lajta-Novak (University of Vienna):
Introduction

20.3. Birgit Däwes (University of Vienna):
"Biography on Stage: Performing Native American Lives"

27.3. Ed Saunders (Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Biographie, Vienna):
"Meta-Biography: Critical Approaches to Writing Lives"

03.4. Clare Brant (King's College, London):
"The Eighteenth-Century Letter as Public Auto/Biography"

10.4. Caitriona Ni D'huill (Durham University):
"Approaching the Master: Gender, Genre and (Meta)Biography, from Thomas Carlyle to Colm Tóibín"

08.5. Sandra Mayer (Vienna):
"Literary Biography and Celebrity: Re-Evaluating Victorian Authors from the Perspective of Celebrity Studies"

15.5. Claire Tomalin (London):
"The Challenges of Biography"

22.5. Peter Morgan (London/Vienna):
"Biography and the Screenwriter"

05.6. Vanessa Hannesschläger, Tobias Heinrich, Katharina Prager (Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Biographie, Vienna):
"Virtual Biography: Life-Writing in New Media"

12.6. Julia Lajta-Novak (University of Vienna):
"Biography to Romance: Fictionalising Nell Gwyn"

26.6. Final Test.

Department of English and American Studies, in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Written final test (end of June, early October, early December, or end of January).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

It is the aim of this lecture course to acquaint students with various biographical practices in a range of different media and to provide them with a theoretical framework for the study of biography.

Prüfungsstoff

Lecture course ("Ringvorlesung"); classroom discourse will be supplemented by visual aids (ppt, websites, excerpts from documentary and feature films).

Literatur

Material for required and ancillary reading will be provided on an e-learning platform. Therefore, students are asked to familiarise themselves in advance with the MOODLE platform. For introduction and self-guided tour, please see <https://elearning.univie.ac.at/>.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: MA 812, MA 844;
Code: MA 1;
Lehrinhalt: 12-5260

Letzte Änderung: Mi 09.09.2020 00:22