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

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
MIXED

Registration/Deregistration

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

Details

Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

NB
Due to the ongoing public health situation, this course will be an online event. 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, Thursdays, 2.15-2.45 pm) 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 lecture series.

Thursday 14.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 21.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 28.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 04.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 11.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 18.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 25.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 02.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 09.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 16.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 13.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 20.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32
Thursday 27.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

NB
Due to the ongoing public health situation, this course will be an online event. 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, Thursdays, 2.15-2.45 pm) 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 lecture series. Please make sure that i) you have watched the recorded lecture or read the uploaded script, ii) as well as the set texts by the time you log on for the live Q&A and iii) come armed with one question. NB: the Q&A is an integral part of this course, not an optional extra event. If you cannot attend the Q&A, you should plan to attend the MA Theories & Concepts lecture next winter term, as this lecture cannot be offered in the summer term. Please consider this when planning your MA degree.

In order to put this lecture series together for you, 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 or challenging about approaches. 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: Marxism, narratology, British cultural studies, new historicism, psychoanalysis, theories of modernism, postmodernism and posthumanism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, theories of 'race' and postcolonial studies, gender studies, queer theory, intersectionality, disability studies, celebrity studies, cultural memory, the environmental humanities and life-writing studies. The following colleagues from the Department will share their expertise with you: Eva Zettelmann, Dieter Fuchs, Sarah Heinz, Lukas Klik, Tatiana Konrad, Julia Lajta-Novak, Sandra Mayer, Kevin Potter, Tamara Radak, Susanne Reichl and Katharina Wiedlack and Sylvia Mieszkowski. The latter will also 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. - The first sitting will start on 27th Jan and continue until 3rd Feb 2022. This will be the first of four opportunities you'll have to pass this course. All further dates will be published in due course on Moodle. The second will start on 3rd March and continue until 10th March. The third sitting will take place during May and the last roughly 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.

All sittings of the exam will be in open-book format.

Reading list

The individual lectures (audio & slides) 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

Last modified: Th 09.09.2021 13:48