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123043 PS Literary Studies / Proseminar Literature (2019W)

The Multimodal Novel

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 07.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 14.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 21.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 28.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 04.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 11.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 18.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 25.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 02.12. 18:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 09.12. 18:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 13.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 20.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 27.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Would you agree that novels do not only consist of a written word? It is not only illustrations that influence the way we read them but also various paratexts (e.g. covers), their layout, etc. Many contemporary texts make use of communicative modes other than the written word; many exist on multiple platforms at the same time; some experiment with their printed form. Like other cultural products, literary works react to socio-cultural and political developments as well as to the transformations of the media landscape. It is therefore not surprising that in the wake of convergence culture (Jenkins 2003), the ever-growing spreadability of content, and participation it encourages (Jenkins, Ford and Green 2013), what counts as 'literature' - or as 'literary experience' (Collins 2010) - has altered as well.

In this proseminar, students will be introduced to a number of such developments. On the backdrop of theoretical discussions about the 'new book cultures', 'media convergence', 'adaptation and appropriation' (e.g. Ryan, Jenkins, Hutcheon, Rippl, Nünning), we will analyse and interpret exciting transformations characteristic of the contemporary novel. In the centre of our discussions will be the concept of 'multimodality'. We will discuss not only how they differ from 'monomodal' texts but also if there actually are 'monomodal' texts; we will also reflect on what it means to 'read' in the twenty first century and how to interpret texts that are products of a mediatized world. In this seminar we will engage both with multimodal texts as well as with their (digital) paratexts, and with various other elements of contemporary (digital) literary culture.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance (a maximum of two absences is possible) and active participation in classroom discussion and group work; regular preparation of assigned reading material; active in expert team providing input for one session in the term; research proposal; final paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Active participation in classroom discussion: 10%
- Expert input during one session: 20%
- Research proposal (500 words) with annotated bibliography: 20%
- Proseminar paper (3500 words): 50%

Points must be collected in all of these categories. Students must attain at least 60% to pass this course.

Marks in %:
1 (sehr gut): 90-100
2 (gut): 80-89
3 (befriedigend): 70-79
4 (genügend): 60-69
5 (nicht genügend): 0-59

The proseminar paper has to be 1) handed in as a hard copy (please do not use any plastic folders, just staple/bind!) and 2) uploaded on Moodle as a .doc file to be checked for plagiarsim using Turnitin. The deadline is 29th February 2020.

Examination topics

Contents covered throughout the semester. Participants are expected to read all set texts plus the additional secondary/theoretical material provided, participate actively to the course, and hand in assignments on time. There will be no written exam.

Reading list

Primary literature:
We shall read, among others:
1) Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
2) Ali Smith, Artful

Further texts will be announced during the first class.

The texts are available to buy at Facultas am Campus.

Secondary literature:
Required texts will be provided in digital form on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612; BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: UF 3.3.3-304; BA10.1; BEd 08a.1, BEd 08b.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-3041

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