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124262 KO Critical Media Analysis (2020W)

Junk aesthetics and pillow talk - approaches to popular romance fiction

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

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 06.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 13.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 20.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 27.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 03.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 10.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 17.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 24.11. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 01.12. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 15.12. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 12.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 19.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 26.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will enable students to explore female junk fiction in the form of romance fiction as part of popular culture, and introduce students to genre and stylistic analysis, covering topics such as the romance fiction industry, genre aesthetics and genre reading, romance reading practices, and how style is involved in making meaning in romance fiction.

The course will examine different aspects of making meaning in romance fiction, focusing on the concepts of genre and style. Genre is a fundamental category, inscribed in the material settings of text production, in writing practices as well as practices of consumption, and it can be traced in textual features and conventions of writing.

Besides looking into the history of romance fiction, stock elements of the genre, and genre-specific reading strategies, the characteristic ways romance fiction uses language itself will be a focal point of this class. Language is a crucial part of genre aesthetics, making stylistic analysis of the language of texts a highly productive approach to cultural practices. The course will provide a basic toolkit of techniques for analysing language for the purpose of cultural and literary analysis, and will apply this stylistic approach, among other things, to explore writing sex in romance fiction as a site of negotiating power and gender roles.

Assessment and permitted materials

- Participation in class: discussion, group work etc.
- Readings and discussion questions in preparation for class
- Short written tasks
- Final essay

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Familiarity with the critical concepts and terminology introduced
- 60% fulfilment of the above course requirements (participation, reading and preparation, written tasks, essay)

Examination topics

Reading list

- Please get “Lord of Scoundrels” by Loretta Chase (1995) ahead of our first class.
- Other class readings will be made available to students unless otherwise specified.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, BEd 046/407
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.5-426, BA07.3; BEd 08a.2, BEd 08b.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-4260

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