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124263 KO Critical Media Analysis (2018S)

Myth - Transformations and Interrelations of a Core-Concept in Cultural Theories. Theoretical Analysis and Practical Application to Cultural Representations

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

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Details

max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 14.03. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 21.03. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 11.04. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 18.04. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 25.04. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 02.05. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 09.05. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 16.05. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 23.05. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 30.05. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 06.06. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 13.06. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 20.06. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Wednesday 27.06. 10:00 - 11:30 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In this course, we will consider why the term “myth” is central to cultural theories and how it can be used as a tool for practical analysis of socio-ideological constructs and cultural representations.
Starting out with a consideration of the ancient Greek philosophical definition of “mythos” as synonymous with “falsehood” and “fabricated story”, we will see that this connotation resonates in the adaptations of “myth” as conceptual term in structuralist and poststructuralist theories. We will see how “myth” is (almost) consistently used
as a category for identifying and demystifying how dominant ideologies are naturalized in society as cultural meta-narratives representing “fact/norm/truth” and are internalized as such by a majority of people. “Myth” thus predominantly signifies for theorists a means of depoliticization which aims at eradicating the complexities of social relations, identities, subject-positions and functions as a concept to uncover invisible repressive mechanisms that govern the subject’s development in culture.

While analysing the specific meaning of “myth” in various theoretical contexts and attending to interrelations in conception, a further major aim of this course is show that these notions of “myth” MUST NOT be interchangeably used. The transformations in conceptual use of “myth” will be explained and clarified – on the one hand - by in-depth readings of theoretical texts and - on the other hand – by a practical application of each notion of “myth” to an analysis of a cultural text (film, literature, media examples).
In this context, students will learn how to use distinctive and diverse notions of “myth” as a tool for deconstructive reading strategies. We will see how the various films/ literary texts/ media examples under discussion e.g. either subversively re-interpret classical myths and mythological figures, critically interrogate cultural and economic myths like e.g. “the American dream”, interrogate the hyperrealities produced by media-saturated consumer-society, radically expose patriarchal and colonialist myths which legitimize gendered, sexualized, and racialized identities.
Theories addressed:

Marx & Engels: “demystification” of culture as dominant ideology; class-based myths & false consciousness
Barthes: semiotics - denotation/connotation/ “myth”
Foucault: genealogy - history as antidote to “myths of conformity” generated by regimes of “truth”
Psychoanalytical theory: use of myth/ology for psychosexual development:
Freud; Lacan: “myth of self” vs. French Feminism “deconstruction of phallo-logo-centric myths”
Beauvoir: “myths of femininity” – gender-power-dialectics
Butler: “myth of sexual integrity / gender & sexual stability” – queer-studies; performativ/ity
Bhabha: “myths of the origin” marking of the subject within racist practices and colonial discourses
Baudrillard: “media myth-making” of hyperrealities in capitalist social value systems

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular Participation
Participation in Plenum Discussions
Oral Presentation (max. 15.mins per presenter)
Short Written Reflections (300 words)
Final Paper (3000-3500 words)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

TENTATIVE LIST OF TEXTS (a final shortened and revised list will appear end of February)
Woolf, V. Orlando. (1928)
Groening, M. The Simpsons. (1989 TV-series)
Baudrillard, J. The Gulf War did not take place. (1991)
Atwood, M. The Penelopiad.
Zeitlin, B. Beasts of the Southern Wild.(2012)
Anderson, W. The Darjeeling Limited. (2007)
Trier, L. Dogville. (2003)
Fincher, D. Fight Club. (Palahnuik, 1996/1999)
The Knife. "Full of Fire" (2013, Music Clip - short film)

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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