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125260 VO Cultural Studies - MA M01 (2014S)

The Many Faces of Biography

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik

Details

max. 150 participants
Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 13.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 20.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 27.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 03.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 10.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 08.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 15.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 22.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 05.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03
Thursday 12.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C2 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-K1-03

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

People are eternally fascinated by other people's life stories, and the urge to record these stories is often considered a basic human need. Notably, the popularity of biography as a cultural practice has exploded over the past few decades, spawning new forms and modes, and spreading to new media. The recent biography boom has also sparked a fresh interest in life-writing on the part of academia, with scholars from disciplines as diverse as literary studies, history, sociology, music, cultural studies, or ethnology contributing to the production and critical analysis of biographical work.
This interdisciplinary lecture series will bring together renowned scholars from different fields working on various historical epochs and auto/biographical practices. Themes that will occupy us throughout include subject representation and the notion of biographical truth, the questions whose lives get told, for what reasons, and in what form. Next to the conventional book-length treatment of a life we will critically investigate alternative and innovative forms of life-writing, such as fictional biographies, bio pics, bio plays, and virtual biographies.

13.3. Werner Huber & Julia Lajta-Novak (University of Vienna):
Introduction

20.3. Birgit Däwes (University of Vienna):
"Biography on Stage: Performing Native American Lives"

27.3. Ed Saunders (Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Biographie, Vienna):
"Meta-Biography: Critical Approaches to Writing Lives"

03.4. Clare Brant (King's College, London):
"The Eighteenth-Century Letter as Public Auto/Biography"

10.4. Caitriona Ni D'huill (Durham University):
"Approaching the Master: Gender, Genre and (Meta)Biography, from Thomas Carlyle to Colm Tóibín"

08.5. Sandra Mayer (Vienna):
"Literary Biography and Celebrity: Re-Evaluating Victorian Authors from the Perspective of Celebrity Studies"

15.5. Claire Tomalin (London):
"The Challenges of Biography"

22.5. Peter Morgan (London/Vienna):
"Biography and the Screenwriter"

05.6. Vanessa Hannesschläger, Tobias Heinrich, Katharina Prager (Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Biographie, Vienna):
"Virtual Biography: Life-Writing in New Media"

12.6. Julia Lajta-Novak (University of Vienna):
"Biography to Romance: Fictionalising Nell Gwyn"

26.6. Final Test.

Department of English and American Studies, in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written final test (end of June, early October, early December, or end of January).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

It is the aim of this lecture course to acquaint students with various biographical practices in a range of different media and to provide them with a theoretical framework for the study of biography.

Examination topics

Lecture course ("Ringvorlesung"); classroom discourse will be supplemented by visual aids (ppt, websites, excerpts from documentary and feature films).

Reading list

Material for required and ancillary reading will be provided on an e-learning platform. Therefore, students are asked to familiarise themselves in advance with the MOODLE platform. For introduction and self-guided tour, please see <https://elearning.univie.ac.at/>.

Association in the course directory

Studium: MA 812, MA 844;
Code: MA 1;
Lehrinhalt: 12-5260

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