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128303 VO Literary and Cultural Theories and Concepts / Theory (MA) (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Fr 14.05. 08:00-09:30 Digital



Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to the ongoing public health situation, this course will be taught online.

Lecture: Fri 8:00-9:30 - Start: 19.03.2021

Tutorial: Tue 10:00-12:00 - Start: 9.03.2021
(Please take note that two tutorials are held already before the lecture starts. Tutorials are held online on Moodle.)

Friday 19.03. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 26.03. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 16.04. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 23.04. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 30.04. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 07.05. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 21.05. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 28.05. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 04.06. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 11.06. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 18.06. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Friday 25.06. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Due to the ongoing public health situation, this course will be taught online. All theory texts, slides and recorded lectures or scripts will be made available on Moodle, but each lecture (60 min) comes with a live Q&A (30 min, Friday, 9:00-9:30 am) in BBB or Zoom (tba) with the respective lecturer/s and the exam organizer. During this time, you will have the opportunity to direct your questions to the lecturer/s as well as raise more general issues relevant to the series. Please make sure that you have watched the recorded lecture or read the uploaded script by the time you log on for the chat.

This is the second iteration of our MA theory lecture series. In the future, this course will most likely only be offered during the summer terms. Please consider this when planning your MA. Once again, some of the colleagues who teach literary and cultural studies at our department have decided to pool their resources. Together, we will give you context, we will attempt to do justice to literary and cultural theory's complexities and help you disentangle what's confusing. We are committed to helping you distinguish theories from concepts and methods and we will do our best to show you how theory and cultural objects of analysis (literary or other), can be brought into a productive dialogue with each other and how to avoid smothering the object of analysis with theory. Using theory in combination with cultural objects of analysis is meant to create something new: an idea that is the beginning of your own interpretation, since this is where scholarship starts, and being able to do it is what you will have to demonstrate in your MA theses.

The following approaches, including some of their theories and concepts will be discussed: narratology, British cultural studies, new historicism, psychoanalysis, theories of modernism, postmodernism and posthumanism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, theories of 'race' and postcolonial theory, performativity and performance studies, gender studies, queer theory, intersectionality, disability studies, celebrity studies, cultural memory and life-writing studies, and the environmental humanities. The following colleagues from the Department will share their expertise with you: Eva Zettelmann, Elke Mettinger-Schartmann, Monika Pietrzak-Franger, Sarah Heinz, Lukas Klik, Leopold Lippert, Dieter Fuchs, Tamara Radak, Kevin Potter, Katharina Wiedlack, Julia Lajta-Novak, Sandra Mayer, Tatiana Konrad and Sylvia Mieszkowski. The latter will be organizing and marking the final exam.

Assessment and permitted materials

Online written exam (detailed information during the first session make sure to attend!).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The benchmark for passing the written open-book exam is 60%.

Marks in %:
1 (very good): 90-100%
2 (good): 80-89%
3 (satisfactory): 70-79%
4 (pass): 60-69%
5 (fail): 0-59%

Examination topics

Your notes of the content covered in the course of the semester plus the preparatory material posted on Moodle plus the ppt slides will form the basis of your studying for the exam (end of June, date tba). This will be the first of four opportunities you'll have to pass this course, all further dates will be published in due course of time. The second will be at the beginning of October, the third sitting will be at the end of November/beginning of December and the last at the end of January 2022. 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 in 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 844; MA 844 (2)
Code/Modul: MA3; MA 1.3
Lehrinhalt: 12-0547

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