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123223 SE Literature Seminar / BA Paper / MA British/Irish/New English (2017W)

Unnatural Narratives

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

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max. 18 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 11.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 18.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 25.10. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 08.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 15.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 22.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 29.11. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 06.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 13.12. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 10.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 17.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 24.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 31.01. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Humans are born with the faculty of story-telling. Whether we relate what happened yesterday at the supermarket or whether we try to understand what led to the horrors of the Third Reich, we will always make recourse to narrative strategies, to chronology, causality and the implementation of an autonomous agent. Literary stories, then, are merely an application of 'natural' principles in an aestheticized form - or are they? This course deals with ‘natural narrativity’ and its opposite: texts which attempt the impossible, which radically subvert narrative conventions and try to defy basic laws of physics, biology and human cognition. In this seminar, we will look at stories, plays and films which are excessively static or repetitive, show ontological frame-breaking or a contradictory chronology, construct radically mutable characters or present irreducibly incompatible versions of story events. Studying radical narrative transgression will bring epistemological and generic conventions into focus and will challenge our perception of what is 'natural' and 'real'.

Assessment and permitted materials

Actice participation, presentation, seminar paper, pop-up exams, mini essay (during lesson)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Robert Coover, “The Babysitter” (1969); John Barth, „Lost in the Funhouse“ (1968); Gabriel Josipovici, “Moebius the Stripper” (1974); Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho (1983); Virginia Woolf, Orlando (1928); Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843); Graham Rawle, A Woman’s World (2006); Martin Crimp, Attempts on Her Life (1997); Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, Signal to Noise (1989); Lydia Davis, Short Stories; Tom Stoppard, The Real Inspector Hound (1968); B. S. Johnson, The Unfortunates (1969); Tom Mc Carthy, Remainder (2005); Martin Amis, Time’s Arrow (1991); Caryl Churchill, Traps (1978); Dennis Cooper, My Loose Thread (2002); John Fowles, Mantissa (1982); Tom Phillips, A Humument (1970ff.); Flann O’Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds (1939)

Reading list

Alber, Jan, Henrik Skov Nielsen and Brian Richardson. A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2013.
Alber, Jan, Per Krogh Hansen, eds. Beyond Classical Narration: Transmedial and Unnatural Challenges. Narratologia. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2014.
Fludernik, Monika. Towards a 'Natural' Narratology. London and New York: Routledge, 1996.
Herman, David. Story Logic: Problems and Possibilities of Narrative. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002.
Richardson, Brian. Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2006.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-322, BA10.2, MA4,
Lehrinhalt: 12-0374

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