English, 2017 curriculum - Free topic 5: Literary Ghosts: Cultural Haunting in British and American Fiction + Fiction Now: Narrative, Media, and Theory in the 21st Century

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Literary Ghosts: Cultural Haunting in British and American Fiction

Ghost stories have multiple meanings, but one recurrent theme is the challenging of order and rationality. The ghost is often an unwanted return of what is terrible, marginal, hidden, or forgotten. The spectral manifestation may represent the guilt of the nation’s past or what has been repressed in the human mind. The ghost is therefore responsible for bringing about a crisis in the present, inviting social re-evaluation and political reflection.

 

Fiction Now: Narrative, Media and Theory in the 21st Century

As a form — material and generic -- the novel seems to have survived the digital turn better than expected. But what is it like to read books alongside connected devices, films, and updates? What do novelists themselves make of this juxtaposition? And perhaps most provocatively: if we were once hardwired to think of our selves and our existence through books, how do books work now that we are mediated by other devices?

Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.

Literary Ghosts: Cultural Haunting in British and American Fiction

The course will offer a cultural history of the ghost story, examining the genre within its cultural contexts – linking it to discussions of nationality, the guilt of Empire, and the discovery of psychology. We will read ghost stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, R. L. Stevenson, Henry James, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, and not least Edgar Allan Poe.

 

Fiction Now: Narrative, Media and Theory in the 21st Century

In this course we'll read a very recent selection of US and UK fictions alongside films and theorists of media and (post)modernity.  Texts will Include:  Tom McCarthy, Remainder, Ali Smith, The Accidental, Ben Lerner, 10.04, and Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story, Jennifer Egan, Visit from the Good Squad.

Literary Ghosts: Cultural Haunting in British and American Fiction will be taught in weeks 6-12, four hours/week.

Fiction Now: Narrative, Media and Theory in the 21st Century will be taught in weeks 14-20, four hours/week.

This course only leads to exams Free Topic 4 with Written and Oral Proficiency in English.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 353,5
  • English
  • 409,5