English, 2013 curriculum - Free topic 20: Fiction Now: Narrative, Media, and Theory in the 21st Century

Course content

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.

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.

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 4B with Oral Proficiency in English or Free Topic B with Oral Proficiency in English.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other under invigilation
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 176,75
  • English
  • 204,75