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128110 VO Cultural Studies - MA M01 (2020W)

Celebrity & Memory: Victorian & Neo-Victorian Perspectives

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik


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


Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to the ongoing public health crisis, the lectures in this series will take place as online events (Moodle).

Thursday 08.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 15.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 22.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 29.10. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 05.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 12.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 19.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 03.12. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 10.12. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 07.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 14.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 21.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital
Thursday 28.01. 18:15 - 19:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

As we are moving towards the third decade of the twenty-first century, the nineteenth continues to loom large on our political, cultural, and literary/media horizon. This is especially true for the British context, as the process of the UK's redefinition of its role in the political, economic, and cultural world enters a new phase, with Brexit taking effect at the end of this year. Literature, film, and material culture continue to play an important part in the process of Britain's new self-definition. One of the spaces where this becomes most prominent is the Neo-Victorian fiction, which has gained unprecedented popularity in the last four decades.

Neo-Victorian texts are (at least partially) set in the nineteenth century, but tend to have been written in the latter half of the twentieth or in the early twenty-first century, and often present a perspective on a well-known topic or life, or make a voice heard, that was impossible or silenced during the Victorian Age itself. Adaptive and often revisionist, nostalgic, experimental or self-confidently trashy, these texts help us think through the twenty-first century's ideological investments in the past; they allow us to negotiate our own situatedness and reflect on the way we continue to appropriate/refashion the past for a variety of (cultural, political, aesthetic, educational or financial) purposes. Moreover, these cultural texts are the products (and producers) of contemporary celebrity and memorial culture. This lecture series brings together international Neo-Victorian scholars and writers of (bio-)fiction and poetry who will offer a variety of perspectives on the subject.

The following speakers will share their expertise with you: Sandra Mayer (Vienna), Julia Lajta-Novak (Vienna), Ann Heilmann (Cardiff), Patricia Duncker (Manchester), Kate Mitchell (Canberra), Nadine Böhm-Schnitker (Bielefeld), Monika Pietrzak-Franger (Vienna), Charlotte Boyce (Portsmouth), Manon Burz-Labrande (Vienna), Tamara Radak (Vienna), Ruth Padel (London), Sylvia Mieszkowski (Vienna).

Due to the ongoing public health crisis, the lectures in this series will take place as online events (Moodle). You will have access to the talks (ca. 60 min) and other materials provided by the speakers. The last part of the online class (up to 30 minutes) will consist of a Q&A (online-chat on Moodle) in which you will have a chance to direct your questions to the presenter as well as raise more general issues relevant to the lecture series.

Assessment and permitted materials

Take-home exam (detailed information available on Moodle)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The benchmark for passing the written take-home exam is 60%.

Marks in %:
1 (very good): 90-100%
2 (good): 80-89.99%
3 (satisfactory): 70-79.99%
4 (pass): 60-69.99%
5 (fail): 0-59.99%

Examination topics

Your notes of the content covered plus the preparatory material posted on Moodle plus the ppt slides between 8th Oct 2020 and 21st Jan 2021 will form the basis of your studying for the exam, which will start on 28th Jan 2021. This will be the first of four opportunities you'll have to pass this course. The second will be in the first week of March, the third sitting will be at the end of April/beginning of May and the last at the end of June. Please remember to register (and, if you decide you don't feel ready to sit the exam after all, to de-register) on time.

The exam will be a take-home exam (open-book format).

Reading list

The individual lectures and preparatory reading material provided by the speakers will be made available on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: MA 812 (2); MA 844; MA 844(2); UF MA 046
Code: MA (2) M3; MA 844 M01; MA 844(2) 1.2; UF MA 1B; 4A
Lehrinhalt: 12-5260

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