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080086 SE Seminar: "The Blazing World" (2020S)

Visual Template and Illustrations for/by utopian and dystopian Texts (Margaret Cavendish, Siri Hustvedt etc.)

Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 22 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Please note that the above listed weekly schedule is invalid!

Tue. March 3, 10, 2020, 9:00–10:30 a.m. at SR 5

Current change (March 15, 2020):
Due to university closure, the unit on March 17, 2020, 9:00–10:30 a.m. will not take place in the seminar room as announced, but will be handled via the Moodle learning platform.

Tue. May 5, 2020, 9:00–10:30 a.m. at moodle

Sat. June 20 and Sun. June 21, 2020 at moodle
Sat. June 27 and Sun. Juni 28, 2020 at moodle

Tuesday 03.03. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 10.03. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 17.03. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 24.03. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 31.03. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 21.04. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 28.04. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 05.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 12.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 19.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 26.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 09.06. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 16.06. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 23.06. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Tuesday 30.06. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The relationship between text and image is the lowest common denominator based on four novels of which three hold a utopian or rather dystopian dimension. The text-image-ratio is specific in each case.

„The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing World“ by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, dated 1666/1668 is the first utopian novel written by a woman: A female protagonist visits a world which is connected to ours via the North Pole. Beings of all kind (bird-men, worm-men etc.) and different color live peacefully together. Questions of visual originals (mappae mundi, TO maps, graphic reproduction, illustrated treatises, as well as world maps from the time of M. Cavendish) which might have been serving as suggestions of the imaginated world.

The 1908 novel „The other side“ by Alfred Kubin is dedicated to similar issues like in the artist‘s works of fine art which bridge from symbolism to surrealism. The male protagonist travels together with his wife to a dystopian, finally perished dream empire.

Siri Hustvedt’s 2015 novel „The Blazing World“ portrays in an apparently realistic way the late career of a New York based female artist who plants three group of works to three young artists – with their consent. Hustvedt follows the antique tradition of „ecphrasis“ therefore the question arises of factually existing role models in the contemporary art which might have inspired the imaginated work groups in the novel.

The 2019 novel „Kryonium. Experiments of memory“ by painter and media artist Matthias Zimmermann entices into a magical world which is shpaed by the aesthetic of computer games. Like in the Kubin novel the question here is about the relation of both medias in the oeuvre of the author.

Bespoken questions will be developed together within the first units in March, worked out in small groups (4–5 participants), and presented as team with PPT presentations. The term paper is to be written individually.

Methods: Iconography, iconology, stylistic analysis, transdisciplinary approach (e.g. narratology).

Condition: excellent knowledge of English is required.

Aims: Advancement of visual imagination ratio as analysis base. Ability to develop and answer transdisciplinary hypothesis

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation in the discussion, constructive critique of other presentations

Presentation (Handout and PPT must be uploaded one week beforehand onto moodle platform)

Term paper (approx. 40,000 signs due to August 31, 2020; handover in printed form as well as uploaded on moodle)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirement:
Frequent participation. In case of absence due to illness or extraordinary family business written proof must be provided.
For a successful completion of the course all partial requirements must be performed.

Term paper:
To ensure good scientific practice the course leader can invite the student to a grade-relevant discussion after the term paper has been submitted which must be completed positively.

Assessment criteria – update by April 24, 2020:
Presentation and PPT: 50 %
Term paper: 50 %

Examination topics

Reading list


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