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123421 SE Literary & Cultural Studies Seminar / BA Paper / MA British/Irish/New English (2019W)

Victorian Transmedia Practices

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

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Details

max. 18 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 07.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 14.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 21.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 28.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 04.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 11.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 25.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 02.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 09.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 16.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 13.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 20.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Monday 27.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The nineteenth century has been seen as marking the birth of the mass media. Numerous technological developments (e.g. transportation, new printing technologies, photography, cinema, telephone, etc.) and socio-cultural changes (e.g. access to education, transcontinental travel, etc.) also contributed to the creation of thriving press, literary, and visual cultures. Unlike earlier studies, the most recent research also sees the nineteenth century as giving birth to transmedia storytelling as we know it today. Indeed, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, but also the suffragettes, popularisers of Victorian science along with the propagators of e.g. Sherlock Holmes made clever use of what we would today call transmedia practices. Of course, specific nineteenth-century transmedia practices differed greatly from today's phenomena (e.g. Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Sherlock franchises).

That is why, this seminar will be devoted to tracing the specificity of transmedia practices in the nineteenth century: What did they consist of? Who was involved? How did they differ from contemporary transmedia phenomena? Here, we will inspect certain aspects of these exciting developments. We will engage in archival research in order to look at the production, circulation, and reception of Victorian stories, characters, and knowledge. In this context, we will discuss such issues as authorship, serialization and adaptation as well as readership along with Victorian popular imagination and activism.

If you are interested in the Victorian era, love reading, and enjoy research, this certainly is a seminar for you!

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance; regular preparation of assigned reading material; active participation in class; active as specialist/in specialist team for one lesson per term (expert session); group poster presentation; one background task; final paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance:
No more than two lessons may be missed without certified medical reason. If a doctor's note is produced, a third lesson may be missed, but is to be compensated for at the teacher's discretion. If more than three lessons are missed, this results in failing the course.

Active participation: 10%
Expert session: 10%
Poster presentation: 10 %
Specialist task: 30%
Term paper: 40%

Points must be collected in all of these areas to pass. The benchmark for passing this course is at 60%.

Marks in %:
1 (very good): 90-100%
2 (good): 81-89%
3 (satisfactory): 71-80%
4 (pass): 60-70%
5 (fail): 0-59%

The term paper/BA thesis will be marked according to the following categories: argumentation, use or primary and secondary sources; methodology; quality of thesis; language; form; style.

The term paper/BA thesis 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 plagiarism using Turnitin. The deadline is 15th March 2020.

The written work itself is: 6500-8000 words for a term paper; 8500-10000 words for a BA thesis. It has to be accompanied by a signed and dated anti-plagiarism statement.

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

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

Background reading:
Some basic knowledge about the 19th century as well as transmediality in general would be very much appreciated. I recommend that you have a look at Henry Jenkins' ideas on transmediality (see: http://henryjenkins.org/blog/2007/03/transmedia_storytelling_101.html; http://henryjenkins.org/blog/2011/08/defining_transmedia_further_re.html). Some basics about the Victorian era can be found in various companions and readers. If you feel that you need a bit more information, I'd recommend: David, The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel, 2001 (esp. ch. 1, 2); Marshall, The Cambridge Companion to the Fin de Siècle, 2007 (esp. ch. 6); Steinbach, Understanding the Victorians, 2012 (esp. ch. 3-5, 10); Brosch, Victorian Visual Culture, 2008 (esp. the introduction and ch. 1), Feldmann and Krug, Viktorianismus, 2013 (esp. ch. 4 and 7).

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-322, BA09.2, 10.2, MA4, MA6, MA7
Lehrinhalt: 12-0388

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