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Materialien zu den Kursen von Prof. Huck sind zugänglich in Moodle; für Moodle registrieren kann man sich beim ZFIM, die jeweiligen Passwörter gibt es nur für Kursteilnehmer. Die Kursmaterialien ab dem Wintersemesters 2011/2012 sind über OLAT zugänglich. Die jeweiligen Passwörter gibt es nur für Kursteilnehmer.

 

Letzte Aktualisierung: 24.07.2016
Zuständig für die Pflege dieser Seite: Hiwis Huck, Raum 206, Tel.: 880-3333

Wintersemester 2016/17

Prof. Dr. Christian Huck gab im Wintersemester 2016/17 folgende Kurse:


Titel: Introduction to the Study of British and American Culture

Art der Veranstaltung: Vorlesung

Zeit und Ort: Di, 14-16h, Raum n.V. 

Inhalt: What is culture, and what is its function? What is the role of media in culture? And what of humans? And why should you study culture? The lecture course introduces central topics, terms and objects of cultural studies as well as theories and ideas central to English Studies as a whole. We will focus on different concepts of culture and its relation to mass media, cultural memory and questions of representation and identity. Various examples from British and American cultures are used to illustrate these terms and concepts. The second part of the course presents core historilcal developments within British and American cultures. The tutorials accompanying the lecture course offer the chance to discuss the contents of the course in a smaller group. There will be a 60-minute final exam.

 

 

Titel: Tutorenbetreuung zur Vorlesung 'Introduction to the Study of British and American Culture'

Art der Veranstaltung: Übung

Zeit und Ort: Mittwochs, 10-12h, LS6, 22/23

Inhalt: This seminar is a supplement to the lecture course “Introduction to the Study of British and American Culture”. Here, we will discuss in depth the topics covered in the lecture course. Also, the course accompanies the tutorials the master students give to the bachelor students, and will provide ample room for reflecting questions concerning the teaching of cultural theory.

 

Titel: Material Culture: Cultures of Food

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Dienstags, 16-18h, Raum n.V. 

Inhalt: On first view, there seems to be nothing more real, more physical and material than the food we consume: humans must eat, nourishment is a basic need. However, consuming and preparing food takes on a myriad of different forms within different cultures. Throughout the seminar we will study how this most basic of human activities is ‘cultured’ by making it part of specific symbolic systems and how cultures of food become central to processes of identity construction, but also how cultures of food are determined by material and economic factors. We will look at ‘typical’ British and American foodways, as well as the reception, transformation and adaptation of ‘other’ foodways.

Sommersemester 2016

Prof. Dr. Christian Huck gab im Sommersemester 2016 folgende Kurse:


Titel: Film and Hyperculture: LAN-Parties and the Socialization of the Digital


Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Dienstags, 12-14h, LS6, 22/23

Inhalt: Around the year 2000, LAN-parties became a phenomenon that attracted world-wide media attention. The fact that thousands of young people gathered in youth centers and gyms to play computer games became a source of wonder. Almost for the first time, the general public got to know what seemed like an entire new species: the gamer. First perceived as a dangerous creature from the dark, the gamer soon became the prototype of a more benign being, the nerd. --- By rehearsing this story, we will try to understand both what attracts people to playing computer games in a networked environment, and why traditional media found it so difficult to come to grips with this phenomenon, at least in the beginning. Further, we will look at how computer games and digital networks were domesticized throughout the 2000s and how the nerd arose as the new prototype of the digital age.

 

Titel: Media, Culture, and Politics: Jeans 

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mittwochs, 10-12h, LS6, 22/23

Inhalt: Jeans are the most ubiquitous piece of garment to be worn all over the world; however, at the same time, they stand for the American way of dressing like no other fashion item. In the first part of the course, we will study the material history of the jeans as well as the most famous media representations that have informed the American image of the jeans. In a second step, we will then look at the spread of jeans throughout not only the Western world, and analyze the political implications of wearing a pair of jeans in different parts of the world.

 

Wintersemester 2015/16

Prof. Dr. Christian Huck gab im Wintersemester 2015/16 folgende Kurse:



Titel: Introduction to the Study of British and American Culture

Art der Veranstaltung: Vorlesung

Zeit und Ort: Di, 14-16h, OS75 - Hans-Heinrich-Driftmann-Hörsaal (ehem. Hörsaal 3)

Inhalt: What is culture, and what is its function? What is the role of media in culture? And what of humans? And why should you study culture? The lecture course introduces central topics, terms and objects of cultural studies as well as theories and ideas central to English Studies as a whole. We will focus on different concepts of culture and its relation to mass media, cultural memory and questions of representation and identity. Various examples from British and American cultures are used to illustrate these terms and concepts. The second part of the course presents core historilcal developments within British and American cultures. 

The tutorials accompanying the lecture course offer the chance to discuss the contents of the course in a smaller group. There will be a 60-minute final exam.
 


Titel: Tutorenbetreuung zur Vorlesung 'Introduction to the Study of British and American Culture'

Art der Veranstaltung: Übung

Zeit und Ort: Mittwochs, 10-12h, LS6, 22/23

Inhalt: This seminar is a supplement to the lecture course “Introduction to the Study of British and American Culture”. Here, we will discuss in depth the topics covered in the lecture course. Also, the course accompanies the tutorials the master students give to the bachelor students, and will provide ample room for reflecting questions concerning the teaching of cultural theory.

 

 

Sommersemester 2015

Prof. Dr. Christian Huck gab im Sommersemester 2015 folgende Kurse:


Titel: Film and Hyperculture: Melodrama - A gendered genre?

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Donnerstags, 12-14h, LS6, 22/23

Inhalt: Like many other genres (Western, Science Fiction), melodrama appears to address a specifically gendered audience. This seminar will examine the emergence of the melodrama in nineteenth-century British and American theatres, study how this theatrical tradition has been adapted to the silver screen in the early 20th century, and discuss the development of the genre with respect to current melodramatic productions. We will look at the institutional and cultural conditions that led to the rise of this new genre, its forms and contents, and try to determine when the ‘feminization’ of the genre first took place. 
All participants are expected to make regular contributions to the course. 
For preparation, please read – before the beginning of the course! – Augustin Daly’s Under the Gaslight (1867) – available for download at https://archive.org/details/underthegaslight00dalyrich

 

Titel: Automobile Cultures

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mittwochs, 12-14h, LS6, 22/23

Inhalt: Whereas cultural studies have long turned everyday phenomena and consumer goods such as food, clothing, TV and music into frequent objects of research, the motor-car has long been neglected. However, there is no denying that the automobile has had, and still has, enormous effects on cultural and social structures in Britain and the US – and is itself shape by cultural dispositions. In the first part of the course, we will look at theoretical approaches to automobile cultures. On the basis of this, we will then discuss a selected number of British and US-American literary texts and films that negotiate the cultural values and meanings attached to cars. All participants are expected to give regular contributions to the course. For preparation, please watch – before the beginning of the course! – George Lucas’ American Graffiti (USA 1973); a DVD is available at the library of the English Seminar.

Wintersemester 2013/14

Prof. Dr. Huck gab im Wintersemester 2013/14 folgende Kurse:
 

 

Titel: Film and Hyperculture: Sound in Films and Games

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di 10:00 - 12:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Films are more than just moving images; although often neglected, sound, and especially music, contributes strongly to the meaning and the experience of a movie. The seminar will trace the use of sound from the so-called silent movies of the 1920s to the musicals of the 1950s and contemporary Hollywood productions. The neglect of sound in the movies is continued in the study of computer games; in the second part of the seminar we will therefore study the role of sound in such cultural productions.

 

Titel: Literary/Cultural History and Genres: Irish Poetry

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di 14:00 - 16:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Even though an Irish nation did not come into being before 1922, the idea of a specifically Irish literature in the English language emerged during the first half of the nineteenth century. During the seminar we will follow the development(s) of this literature before and after the political consolidation of the Irish nation, concentrating on the rich body of poetry that was produced in Ireland and abroad between 1850 and today. Participants will learn how to analyse poems from the perspective of their specific literary and socio-cultural context(s). The seminar will be based on The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse, ed. Thomas Kinsella (1989/2001).

 

Titel: Media, Culture, and Politics: The Politics of Fan Fiction

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mi 08:00 - 10:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Fan fiction is still a rather new term that denominates stories, mostly published on the internet, which feature famous characters (Harry Potter, Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennett) or settings (Hogwarts, Enterprise), but are not written by the original authors; rather, ‘fans’ of these stories/characters/authors produce new texts. During the course we will examine the various sub-genres of fan fiction, its central formal features, as well as its relation to copyright laws. A central aim of the seminar is to determine the cultural patterns that motivate the various alterations to given plotlines. Which aims are realized in these new stories? Which literary stereotypes and genres are employed or undermined?

 

Titel: Media, Culture, and Politics: Pop Music

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mi 12:00 - 14:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Pop music and its accompanying videos are one of the most heavily circulated cultural artefacts in contemporary society. And although it is often the subject of heated debates amongst friends, it is less often a topic within academic circles. Through the course of the seminar we will try to answer some basic questions concerning pop music: what is pop music? where does it come from? why do we listen to it? what are its effects? Participants will be expected to read a wide variety of theoretical texts on the topic.

 

Sommersemester 2013

Prof. Dr. Christian Huck gab im Sommersemester 2013 folgende Kurse:



Titel: Film and Hyperculture: Sound in Films and Games (050592)

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar


Zeit und Ort: Dienstags, 10-12h, LS6, 22/23

Inhalt:Films are more than just moving images; although often neglected, sound, and especially music, contributes strongly to the meaning and the experience of a movie. The seminar will trace the use of sound from the so-called silent movies of the 1920s to the musicals of the 1950s and contemporary Hollywood productions. The neglect of sound in the movies is continued in the study of computer games; in the second part of the seminar we will therefore study the role of sound in such cultural productions.

 

Titel: Literary/Cultural History and Genres: Irish Poetry

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di, 14-16h, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Even though an Irish nation did not come into being before 1922, the idea of a specifically Irish literature in the English language emerged during the first half of the nineteenth century. During the seminar we will follow the development(s) of this literature before and after the political consolidation of the Irish nation, concentrating on the rich body of poetry that was produced in Ireland and abroad between 1850 and today. Participants will learn how to analyse poems from the perspective of their specific literary and socio-cultural context(s). The seminar will be based on The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse, ed. Thomas Kinsella (1989/2001).

 

Titel: Masterthesis

Art der Veranstaltung: Kolloquium

Zeit und Ort: Einzeltermin am 8.5.2013 16:00 - 20:00,  LS6 - R.24/25, weitere Termine nach Absprache
 

 

Titel: Media, Culture, and Politics: The Politics of Fan Fiction

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mi, 8-10h, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt:  Fan fiction is still a rather new term that denominates stories, mostly published on the internet, which feature famous characters (Harry Potter, Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennett) or settings (Hogwarts, Enterprise), but are not written by the original authors; rather, ‘fans’ of these stories/characters/authors produce new texts. During the course we will examine the various sub-genres of fan fiction, its central formal features, as well as its relation to copyright laws. A central aim of the seminar is to determine the cultural patterns that motivate the various alterations to given plotlines. Which aims are realized in these new stories? Which literary stereotypes and genres are employed or undermined?

 

Titel: Media, Culture, and Politics: Pop Music

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mi, 12-14h, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Pop music and its accompanying videos are one of the most heavily circulated cultural artefacts in contemporary society. And although it is often the subject of heated debates amongst friends, it is less often a topic within academic circles. Through the course of the seminar we will try to answer some basic questions concerning pop music: what is pop music? where does it come from? why do we listen to it? what are its effects? Participants will be expected to read a wide variety of theoretical texts on the topic.

 
 

Wintersemester 2012/2013

PD Dr. Kai Merten und Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich gaben im Wintersemester 2012/13 folgende Kurse:

 

Titel: Einführung in die Kulturwissenschaft

PD Dr. Kai Merten

Art der Veranstaltung: Vorlesung

Zeit und Ort: Di 14:00 - 16:00, OS75 - HS3

Inhalt: Was ist Kultur? Wozu gibt es Kultur? Was hat Kultur mit Medien zu tun? Und wozu sollte man Kultur studieren? Die Vorlesung führt in die zentralen Themen, Gegenstände und Begriffe der Kultur- und Medienwissenschaft ein und vermittelt so zentrale methodische und theoretische Grundlagen des Englischstudiums. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei verschiedene Annäherungen an den Begriff der Kultur und ihre mediale Begründung sowie mit diesen Begriffen zusammenhängende Konzepte wie Repräsentation, Massenmedien und Identität. Diese Konzepte und ihre Anwendung werden anhand verschiedener Beispiele aus den Bereichen Kultur und Medien erläutert und veranschaulicht. Zuletzt sollen auch zentrale Linien der britischen und amerikanischen Kulturgeschichte aufgezeigt werden.
Die Vorlesung richtet sich speziell an Studienanfänger. Die zentralen Inhalte der Vorlesung werden in begleitenden Tutorien vertieft und in einer Klausur abgefragt.

 

Titel: Intermedial Comparative Analysis: Representations of Royalty

PD Dr. Kai Merten

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di 12:00 - 14:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt:Why did the Diamond Jubilee feature a Thames parade as well as a ‘big lunch’ that went on all over the country? Where do these strange rituals come from and how are they represented in today’s media? This seminar compares representations both of monarchs and of monarchy in general from different media and different historical periods. We will not only study a contemporary TV series (The Tudors) and cinema film (either The Queen or The King’s Speech) but also look back to early modern theatre (a ‘Königsdrama’ by Shakespeare) and early modern visual culture (Restoration period). Also, we will not only focus on high or court culture but also enjoy the various things that popular culture, e.g. (apart from the screen) 18th-century satirical prints or the 19th-century historical novel and its concomitant jubilee culture, has had to say about sovereigns. Is there an essentially medial side to monarchy anyway (the so-called ‘body politic’ perhaps) and if, how do different medial embodiments shape and influence monarchy? Most of the relevant material will be posted on OLAT, so watch out for texts, clips, images etc. every session and also shortly before the course starts.

 

Titel: Literature and Media: Modernist/Postmodernist British Fiction and 20th-Century Media Culture

PD Dr. Kai Merten

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Do 14:00 - 16:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: This seminar takes an innovative look at one of the central centuries of the British novel and aims to analyse how important the contact and conflict with other and new media were for the 20th-century novel.
The texts chosen each react to a medium new to the time in which they were written and hence go to prove how provocative and stimulating the new media were to the progress of British literary history in the 20th century. Literature will be shown to either celebrate or critically qualify the new medium; in each case, however, we will see that literature is aesthetically influenced and expanded by these different, subsequent intermedialities. Literary history will appear as part of the history of the media, just as media history will be studied in its ‘reflection’ in literature. In this reflection, literature not only reflects its own mediality but also the medial capacities of a whole range of other forms of cultural expression.
The novels studied and ‘their’ new medium/media in each case are: (1) Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927) and modernist painting; (2) Aldous Huxley, Ape and Essence (1948) and cinema film; (3) Nik Cohn, I am still the greatest says Jonny Angelo (1967) and rock music; (4) Will Self, Dorian (2002) and both video art and digitalisation.
Please buy three novels of these novels in the following editions: To the Lighthouse as ISBN 9780192805607, Ape and Essence as ISBN 9780099477785 and Dorian in one of the available paperback editions. Nik Cohn’s novel is out of print right now and will be made available on OLAT at the beginning of the course. Please read (at least) Woolf’s novel during the semester break.

 

Titel: Tutorenbetreuung zur Vorlesung 'Einführung in die Kulturwissenschaft'

PD Dr. Kai Merten

Art der Veranstaltung: Übung

Zeit und Ort: Do 12:00 - 14:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: This seminar is a supplement to the lecture course “Einführung in die Kulturwissenschaft”. Here, we will further develop the topics covered in the lecture course, mainly by discussing seminal theoretical works from the field of cultural and media studies that are mentioned only in passing throughout the lectures. Also, the course accompanies the tutorials the master students hold for the bachelor students and will provide ample room for reflecting questions concerning the teaching of cultural theory. Students will have to read essential theoretical texts on a weekly basis.

 

Titel: Literature and Media: From Phonic to Sonic: The Emergence and Popularization of the Audio-Poem

Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di 10:00 - 12:00, LS1 - R. 209b

Inhalt: The 1950s saw the development of what Steve McCaffery has termed “a third [and most persistent] phase in Western sound poetry.” Prior to that, the notion of sound poetry was confined to the vast but intractable territory of archaic/primitive oral poetries and its modern residues – of chant structures and shamanic incantations – and the territory covered by the historical avant-garde, most explicitly in the zaum language of the Russian Futurist poets, the bruitist and simultaneous poems of the Dadaists, the Italian Futurist F.T. Marinetti, and a number of early modern precursors such as Lewis Carroll or Christian Morgenstern. The avant-garde investigations into the nonsemantic, acoustic properties of language eventually resulted in the isolation and aesthetic exploration of the phonematic aspects of language and a preoccupation with the materiality of the verbal sign. In addition, sound poets explored the affective force of screams, cries, laughter, and the like. Besides discussing the theoretical implications and cultural significance of such language practice, we will set out to study the genuinely intermedial disposition and constitution of sound poetry in writing, performance and recording.
The popular availability of the tape recorder to sound poets in the 1950s led to an audiotechnological advancement of the art form. No longer bound to the physical limitations of the human body, “voice becomes a point of departure rather than a teleologically prescribed point of arrival” (McCaffery). Electroacoustic sound poetry began utilizing recording technology as a compositional means as the tape recorder allowed speech a physical and ideological separation from voice. In that sense, it partly anticipated both verbal sound patterns and techniques of voice manipulation that have become standard devices of various forms of verbal art and popular music in the ‘age of electroacoustic reproduction.’ We will thus study the work of major figures in sound poetry (British, Canadian, and US-American) such as JOHN CAGE, BOB COBBING, DICK HIGGINS, JEROME ROTHENBERG, STEVE MCCAFFERY, BPNICHOL, CECIL TAYLOR, AMIRI BARAKA, BRUCE ANDREWS, CHARLES BERNSTEIN, HARRYETTE MULLEN, A.RAWLINGS, and CHRISTIAN BÖK, before tracing the manifold ways in which the audio-poem has entered contemporary popular culture. Key texts and recordings will be made available via OLAT.

 

Titel: Material Culture: "Acommodity is therefore a [...] thing": Theoretical Approaches to Studying Material Culture

Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mo 10:00 - 12:00, LS6 - R. 24/25.

Inhalt: Studies of material culture have undergone a profound transformation during the past twenty years and are now among the “most dynamic and wide-ranging areas of contemporary scholarship in the human sciences” (Tilley). Although questions of materiality pervade a wide range of disciplines in the social and human sciences, material culture studies form an eclectic and ‘indisciplinary’ field of study in which the concept of materiality provides both the starting point and the justification: materiality is an integral dimension of culture, and there are dimensions of social existence that cannot be adequately understood without it. Now, bringing together concepts and methodologies from disciplines as diverse as anthropology, sociology, archeology, history, geography, literary studies and art history, in fact, involves a clash of epistemologies. However, given the inevitable disciplinary restrictions of the academy, this may well be considered a benefit in that it helps produce new forms of knowledge about “the relationship between persons and things in the past and the present, in urban and industrialized and small-scale societies across the globe” (Tilley).
We will make ourselves familiar with material culture studies as a theoretical and conceptual field grounded in such ‘foundational’ theoretical perspectives as Marxism, structuralism and semiotics, phenomenology, and post-structuralist theories of affect, before moving on to more application-oriented intellectual tools that will enable us to engage in project-based study. More specifically, we will explore by way of example: a) the level of production, exchange, and consume of things; b) subject-object relations and mediation; c) the relationship between material forms, the human body, and the senses; and d) the politics and poetics of displaying, representing and conserving material and the manner in which this impacts on notions of heritage, tradition and identity.
Key theoretical texts will be made available via OLAT.

Sommersemester 2012

PD Dr. Kai Merten und Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich gaben im Sommersemester 2012 folgende Kurse:

 

Titel: Film and Hyperculture: The Empire Gazes Back: Postcolonial Visual Culture

PD Dr. Kai Merten

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di 12:00 - 14:00, LS6 - R.24/25

Inhalt: This seminar explores postcolonial visual culture following the notion, developed in recent Postcolonial Media Studies, that the visual culture of former British colonies understands itself among other things as a counter-representation of imperialist visualizations. The (ex-)Empire gazes back, so to say, and it does so by appropriating and redirecting media technologies and visualizing strategies which have formerly been used to subject it to the imperial world order. The media explored in this seminar will be film, photography, and comics/graphic narratives. We will mainly focus on Indian and African visual culture from (roughly) the 1960s until today but will also try to integrate a glance at the exciting movie scene of New Zealand, exemplifying visual practices in a settler colony. There will also be a couple of introductory sessions on the colonial gaze, its media and its cultural practices. Work in this seminar will e.g. consist of expert-team impulses and participant group in-depth studies of visual material presented to the course. For inspiration, please have a good look at the following web-sites:
http://www.christopherpinney.com/
http://www.pieterhugo.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollywood
http://wp.stockton.edu/postcolonialstudies/hybridity-and-comics/
Please try to do some reading up and ‘looking up’ on the material presented and suggested by these venues. Perhaps you can already see what is particularly interesting to you…


Titel: Literary/Cultural History and Genres: Literature and Performance in Victorian Culture

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

PD Dr. Kai Merten

Zeit und Ort: Mi 12:00 - 14:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: ‘Literature’ consists of texts to be read in silence and alone, doesn’t it? What about drama performances, poetry readings, and indeed lectures on literature though? Cannot literature also be seen as consisting of ‘scripts’ to be acted out, aloud and with other people? This seminar looks at the relationship of literature to its potential ‘live perfomance’ in the Victorian period in Britain (1837-1901) and will exemplify this relationship by studying the ‘intermediality’ (a term to be explored) of literature and theatre at that time.
Usually, literature and theatre are seen as being connected through the genre of drama. From the perspective of cultural history though, this connection is strongly problematized at the beginning of the Victorian period: the so-called ‘Theatre Regulation Act’, which severely restricted the performance of drama at British theatres, was still valid at the time. After the partial lifting of that law in 1843, literature should have been able to fully return to the theatre as ‘drama’, and it is one of the goals of this seminar to enquire if this return took place. However, we will also study the years before and enquire what literature did about its performance dimension when it had much greater difficulty in making it to the stage. And finally, we will study how literature reacted when it was once again censored away from public performance, as it happened with Oscar Wilde’s important proto-modernist drama Salome (1891/1894). Apart from the works by Oscar Wilde, the texts will be made available on Moodle at the beginning of the seminar. However, you can prepare a good performance in this seminar by reading Salome on you own during the term break.

 

Titel: Media, Culture, and Politics: 17th-Century Media Battles in Britain

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

PD Dr. Kai Merten

Zeit und Ort: Mi 10:00 - 12:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Are there media in 17th-century Britain, and if, in what way can they be seen as battling like today’s London tabloids? This seminar will show you that indeed there were media in Britain during the Civil War (1642-1651) and Oliver Cromwell’s subsequent dictatorship until 1660 – and that indeed a considerable part of this civil war took place in these media.
In our seminar, we will first differentiate between cultural media, political media and religious media, before using these categories as concepts enabling new and exciting observations regarding the many conflicts in 17th-century Britain:
(1) We will study the religious imagery (iconography) of this time and the inexorable fight againt it by the religious group of the Puritans led by Oliver Cromwell himself. Connected to their war against God’s image was one against the picture of the King as the central vision of political theology.
(2) This fight partly took place in pamplets, the second field of study in our seminar. However, pamphlets are usually seen as the key political media of their time. We will study them both in their different medial forms, such as broadsheets and newsbooks, and by way of the many different political conflicts that were acted out on their pages.
(3) Pamphlets were also used as carriers for fictional texts and symbolic meanings, i.e. they were used as cultural media. In this section of the seminar, we will study the poetry battle between the Royalists and the Republican as part of the aptly named ‘literature as civil war’ (Ingo Berensmeyer). Finally, we will contrast the paradoxical visualization of Cromwell’s Commonwealth in the visual arts and architecture in the 1650s with the triumphant return of the king in Restoration art from 1660.

 

Titel: Media, Culture, and Politics: Popular Culture in 18th-Century Britain

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

PD Dr. Kai Merten

Zeit und Ort: Do 14:00 - 16:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: In this seminar, we will study what is arguably the central turning point in the history of popular culture. The 18th century saw an increasing urbanization and industrialization on the one hand and, on the other hand, an ‘enlightened’ interest in the study – and the improvement – of British culture in all its manifestations. In this context, popular culture came into focus as an important form of expression for the (new) urban ‘working class’. We will first look at the invention of the concept of ‘popular culture’ in Scottish Enlightenment thought and in British antiquarianism before we analyse the two main strands of the new popular culture:
(1) the former games, sports and holiday pastimes, mainly of the rural population, were now recast as leisure activities for urban workers. An important focus for this recontextualization was the so-called illegitimate theatre – a form of stage culture developed throughout the 18th-century which was legally allowed to stage everything but drama. Therefore, it brought to the stage, and literally domesticated, many of the entertainments, such as animal shows, circus arts, and pantomime, that used to divert the masses in open-air fair grounds.
(2) Secondly, the so-called fine arts, in particular painting and other visual arts, were made accessible to the poorer urban population by small-scale reproduction on paper on the one hand and by the large-scale reproduction of an alternative popular painting in ‘panorama’ buildings on the other.
For further information, there will be an open Moodle account from the end of the winter semester. Please read the introductory article posted there (you can also follow up its bibliography).

 

Titel: Visual and Media Theory

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

PD Dr. Kai Merten

Zeit und Ort: Di 14:00 - 16:00, OS75/S2 - R.23

Anmerkung: Dieses Seminar steht interessierten Studierenden aller Studiengänge des Englischen Seminars offen und kann auch als Hauptseminar belegt werden.

Inhalt: Das Textkorpus richtet sich auch nach den Interessen der Teilnehmenden und soll sich im weitesten Sinne im Bereich der Medien- und Visualitätstheorie bewegen. Neben Theorie und (Literatur-)Geschichte der Visualität würden mich etwa auch Theorie und Geschichte des Gedankens einer ‚Mediendemokratie‘ interessieren. Zu den Sitzungen werden Textauszüge, nicht ganze Bände vorbereitet. Unverbindliche Textvorschläge für die ersten Sitzungen wären z.B.:
Whitney Davis, A General Theory of Visual Culture. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2011.
Jacques Rancière, Der emanzipierte Zuschauer. Wien: Passagen Verlag, 2009.

 

Titel: Literary/Cultural History and Genres: American Écriture Féminine: From Whitman to Acker

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich

Zeit und Ort: Di 14:00 - 16:00, LS4 - R.021/022

Inhalt: Crudely, where American feminist criticism is concerned with feminine history, French feminist literary theory is concerned with “the feminine” as a category of discourse. Influential feminist theorists like Hélène Cixous, Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigary separate “the feminine” from “women as people” and are concerned to analyze how a specific kind of writing, designated “feminine,” challenges the linguistic and metaphysical conventions of Western discourse at large. Grounded in the deconstructionist notion that the repressions of a patriarchal society create silences, things that cannot be said, and that these silences are disrupted by the practice of écriture feminine – which may be produced equally by men and women – French literary feminism has posed a radical challenge to the idea of a universal “gender essence.” The “feminine” here becomes not the sex of individual women but instead the symbol of otherness, alterity and the unconscious, or, the “Imaginary” of Lacanian psychoanalysis.
The overall aim of the course is twofold. We will use the critical-theoretical concept of écriture feminine: first, to get acquainted with foundational and contemporary theoretical texts at the crossroads of (Marxist) feminism, post-structuralism and psychoanalysis; second, to approach the disruptive, genre-defying and thoroughly provocational writing of WALT WHITMAN, GERTRUDE STEIN, WILLIAM BORROUGHS, KATHY ACKER, BRUCE ANDREWS and HARRYETTE MULLEN. We will situate these exciting writers in the larger contexts of modern US-American literary and cultural history, in an attempt to trace the writing’s cultural significance and study the inscription of the feminine body and female difference in language and text. For preparation, please read Cixous’s manifesto-like theoretical essay “The Laugh of Medusa” (1975) as well as the American feminist critic Elaine Showalter’s “Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness” (1981). Both texts will be carefully explicated and discussed in the seminar, collectively. All relevant texts will be made available via OLAT.

 

Titel: Media, Culture, and Politics: 'More than Meets the Eye': Reading Audiotexts, Sounding Auditory Culture

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich

Zeit und Ort: Di 8:00 - 10:00, LS10 - R.201

Inhalt: Notwithstanding the widely popularized notion of Western culture’s “second orality” and the constant audio-visual stimulation provided by today’s media culture, relatively little critical attention has been given to the aural dimension of cultural experience. Due to a general emphasis on sight over sound the cultural significance of sound is frequently underestimated. In recent years, however, such diverse interdisciplinary fields as acoustic ecology, literary sound studies and cultural musicology have offered numerous studies of the various ways in which listening subjects are a) profoundly affected by sound and b) produce and negotiate musical meaning through discourse and social practice. When it comes to reading audiotexts, however, certain problems arise. Whereas all music, for instance, can be said to have cultural meaning despite its lack of the referential density found in words or images, musical meaning can be made explicit only by language. Such a process of ‘translation’ presupposes some sort of vital relationship between music and text, while the nature of that relationship remains problematic. However, precisely because it is semantically underdetermined, music can be said to render the inevitable gap between meaning and the object of meaning much more palpable than texts or even images do. It is in this sense that, as Lawrence Kramer notes, “music emerges as perhaps the paradigmatic object of constructive description.”
How, then, are we to read particular audiotexts in a methodologically justifiable fashion, and why should we conceive of sound as text in the first place rather than focusing on its affective force? As listening subjects ourselves – a notion which we will have to discuss – we will carefully describe, analyze, contextualize and historicize audiotexts from a broad range of different audio cultures in an attempt to sound auditory culture at large. Students are invited to theoretically reflect on all kinds of musical and non-musical sound and audiotexts from “Beethoven’s 4th” to John Cage’s “4’33,” sound poetry to dance music, muzak to avant-garde jazz, anti-folk to drum ‘n’ bass, national anthems to corporate jingles, noise music to film score, ring shout to rap music, grindcore to urban soundscapes, and so forth. For preparation, please reflect on your own (musical) listening behaviour and auditory experience. Key theoretical texts and audio recordings will be made available via OLAT.

Wintersemester 2011/2012

Prof. Dr. Huck gab im Wintersemester 2011/2012 folgende Kurse:


Titel: Concepts and Methodologies: Exemplarische Einführung 

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di 14:00 - 16:00, LS10 - R.201

Inhalt: This course will introduce students to the three major literary genres: poetry, narrative fiction, drama. The focus of this class is on practical criticism. By reading representative texts from different periods in literary history, students will be familiarized with critical concepts and terminology. They will practice methods of literary analysis (e.g. a brief presentation of a sample reading) and acquire basic research skills by assembling a bibliography. The final grade will be based on a short argumentative paper (analysis of a literary text).


Titel:
Masterthesis

Art der Veranstaltung: Kolloquium

Zeit und Ort: Mi 08:00 - 10:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Das Kolloquium richtet sich an alle Studierenden im Bereich des Masters, die sich dafür entschieden haben, ihre Master-Arbeit im Bereich Englisch anzufertigen – unabhängig davon, ob ein literatur-, sprach- oder kulturwissenschaftliches Thema bzw. eines aus der Fachdidaktik bearbeitet werden soll. Im Kolloquium sollen die wichtigsten Grundlagen wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens und Schreibens sowie deren Bewertungsmaßstäbe diskutiert werden. Zusätzlich wird in einzelnen Sitzungen auf die Besonderheiten der Teildisziplinen eingegangen. Das Kolloquium richtet sich sowohl an Studierende, die bereits mit ihrer Master-Arbeit begonnen haben, als auch an solche, die dies erst für die kommenden Semester planen. Das Seminar findet vom 02. November bis zum 07. Dezember jeweils von 8.30-10.00 Uhr statt.

 

Titel: Material Culture: Automobile Cultures

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mi 10:00 - 12:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Whereas cultural studies have long turned everyday phenomena and consumer goods such as food, clothing, TV and music into frequent objects of research, the motor-car has long been neglected. However, there is no denying that the automobile has had, and still has, enormous effects on cultural and social structures in Britain and the US. In the first part of the course we will look at theoretical approaches to automobile cultures. On the basis of this, we will then discuss a selected number of British and US-American literary texts and films that negotiate the cultural values and meanings attached to cars. All participants are expected to give regular contributions to the course.

 

Titel: Einführung in die Kulturwissenschaft

Art der Veranstaltung: Vorlesung

Zeit und Ort: Do 10:00 - 12:00, CAP3 - Hörsaal 2

Inhalt: Was ist Kultur? Wozu gibt es Kultur? Was hat Kultur mit Medien zu tun? Und wozu sollte man Kultur studieren? Die Vorlesung führt in die zentralen Themen, Gegenstände und Begriffe der Kultur- und Medienwissenschaft ein und vermittelt so zentrale methodische und theoretische Grundlagen des Englischstudiums. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei verschiedene Annäherungen an den Begriff der Kultur und ihre mediale Begründung sowie mit diesen Begriffen zusammenhängende Konzepte wie Repräsentation, Massenmedien und Identität. Diese Konzepte und ihre Anwendung werden anhand verschiedener Beispiele aus den Bereichen Kultur und Medien erläutert und veranschaulicht. Zuletzt sollen auch zentrale Linien der britischen und amerikanischen Kulturgeschichte aufgezeigt werden.
Die Vorlesung richtet sich speziell an Studienanfänger. Die zentralen Inhalte der Vorlesung werden in begleitenden Tutorien vertieft und in einer Klausur abgefragt.

 

Titel: Tutorenbetreuung zur Vorlesung "Einführung in die Kulturwissenschaft"

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di 10:00 - 12:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: This seminar is a supplement to the lecture course “Einführung in die Kulturwissenschaft”. Here, we will further develop the topics covered in the lecture course, mainly by discussing seminal theoretical works from the field of cultural and media studies that are mentioned only in passing throughout the lectures. Also, the course accompanies the tutorials the master students hold for the bachelor students and will provide ample room for reflecting questions concerning the teaching of cultural theory. Students will have to read essential theoretical texts on a weekly basis.

Sommersemester 2011

Prof. Dr. Huck gab im Sommersemester 2011 folgende Kurse:

 

Titel: Adventures in Theory 

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di 16:00 - 18:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Das Seminar richtet sich an alle, die an aktuellen Theorien der Kultur- und Medienwissenschaften interessiert sind. Theorien geben einerseits den Rahmen für spezifische Analysen ab und helfen andererseits, spezifische Ergebnisse in größere Zusammenhänge einzuordnen. Wer also mehr über die Rahmenbedingungen und Zusammenhänge medien- und kulturwissenschaftlicher Forschung erfahren möchte, der erhält hier die Möglichkeit zur weiterführenden Diskussion. Im Laufe des Seminars sollen Texte gelesen und diskutiert werden, die die SeminarteilnehmerInnen gemeinsam auswählen.


Titel:
Examenskolloquium

Art der Veranstaltung: Kolloquium

Zeit und Ort: Do 14:00 - 16:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Das Kolloquium richtet sich an alle Studierenden, die planen, sich im SS 2011 oder im WS 2011/12 (oder auch später) in Kulturwissenschaft prüfen zu lassen – egal ob im Rahmen einer mündlichen Prüfung, einer Klausur oder einer schriftlichen Hausarbeit, egal auch ob als Staatsexamens-, Magister- oder Masterkandidat. Das Kolloquium vermittelt grundlegende Informationen zu allen Prüfungsarten; es bietet die Möglichkeit, mündliche Prüfungssituationen zu simulieren und Ideen für Examensarbeiten zu diskutieren. Allen potentiellen Prüflingen wird dringend empfohlen, am Examenskolloquium teilzunehmen; ein genauer Zeitplan wird in der ersten Sitzung festgelegt.

 

Titel: Literary/Cultural History and Genres: Melodrama

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Do 10:00 - 12:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: The seminar will examine the emergence of the melodrama in nineteenth-century British and American theatres. We will determine the institutional and cultural conditions that led to the rise of this new genre, its forms and contents, and its critical evaluation. Finally, we will look at the repercussions of this literary genre in twentieth-century cinema and television. All participants are expected to make regular contributions to discussions.
For preparation, please read Thomas Holcroft’s Tale of Mystery (1802) – downloadable at http://www.archive.org/details/taleofmysterymel00holciala – and Augustin Daly’s Under the Gaslight (1867) – downloadable at http://www.archive.org/details/underthegaslight00dalyrich.

 

Titel: Literary/Cultural History and Genres: Dime Novels

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mi 12:00 - 14:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: The dime novel is an often neglected, but nonetheless central genre of US-American literature – arguably even the most successful form of writing in the US, at least economically. Through the course of the seminar we will look at the rise and fall of this particular American genre, examine its forms and contents, and discuss its position within nineteenth-century US-American culture. All participants are expected to make regular contributions to discussions. Reading material will be provided in the course.

 

Titel: Media, Culture and Politics: The Politics of Popular Literature

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di 10:00 - 12:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: This seminar asks what makes literature popular, but also who makes literature popular. Consequently, we will examine the forms and contents of popular literature, but also the cultural and economic practices creating popular literature, i. e. reviews, advertising, book clubs etc. All participants are expected to make regular contributions to discussions.
For preparation, please read Marina Lewycka’s A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (2005) before the seminar starts.

Wintersemester 2010/2011

Prof. Dr. Huck gab im Wintersemesters 2010/2011 folgende Kurse:

 

Titel: Einführung in die Kulturwissenschaft 

Art der Veranstaltung: Vorlesung

Zeit und Ort: Di 16:00 - 18:00, OS 75, HS 3

Inhalt: Was ist Kultur? Wozu gibt es Kultur? Was hat Kultur mit Medien zu tun? Und wozu sollte man Kultur studieren? Die Vorlesung führt in die zentralen Themen, Gegenstände, Begriffe, Theorien und Methoden der Kultur- und Medienwissenschaft ein und vermittelt so zentrale methodische und theoretische Grundlagen des Englischstudiums. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei verschiedene Annäherungen an den Begriff der Kultur und ihre mediale Begründung sowie mit diesen Begriffen zusammenhängende Konzepte wie Repräsentation, Massenmedien und Identität. Diese Konzepte und ihre Anwendung sollen anhand diverser Beispiele aus den Bereichen Kultur und Medien erläutert und veranschaulicht werden.
Die Vorlesung richtet sich speziell an Studienanfänger. Die zentralen Inhalte der Vorlesung werden in begleitenden Tutorien vertieft und in einer Klausur abgefragt.


Titel:
Intermedial Comparitive Analysis: The Western: from the Pulp to Screen to Game

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Do 12:00 - 14:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Of all genres, there is probably none that is so genuinely American as the Western. The seminar will trace the history of the Western from its origins in Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tale and the dime novels of the nineteenth century (Buffalo Bill) to the worldwide success in the cinema (The Searchers, High Noon) and its re-emergence as a computer game (Red Dead Redemption). The aim of the seminar is to understand both the cultural origins of the Western and its formal and aesthetic features. All participants are expected to make regular contributions to discussions. For preparation, please read James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans (1826), watch The Searchers (US, 1956) and play Red Dead Redemption (2010).

 

Titel: Material Culture: Travelling Goods// Travelling Moods

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di 10:00 - 12:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Coca Cola and Nike in Germany, Mercedes-Benz in the US, tea from India in Britain – much of our daily life is affected by goods from foreign shores. In this seminar we want to examine what meanings are attached to foreign (consumer) goods coming from or into the US and UK, and where and how these meanings are produced. In short, we want to analyze how foreign goods are appropriated to new circumstances. Is what we are witnessing a ‘McDonaldisation’ of the world where you can shop for the same goods all over the world and where globalization makes everyone the same? We will look at newspaper articles, advertisements and other descriptions that determine how we think about specific goods, and how we handle them.
The seminar leads up to an international symposium that will take place in Kiel from March 31 to April 2. Students of this seminar will have to participate actively at this conference. Consequently, the seminar starts on November 30 and includes a weekend seminar from March 31-April 2.

 

Titel: Theories of Cultural Studies

Art der Veranstaltung: Übung

Zeit und Ort: Mi 10:00 - 12:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: This seminar is a supplement to the lecture course “Einführung in die Kulturwissenschaft”. Here, we will further develop the topics covered in the lecture course, mainly by studying seminal theoretical works from the field of cultural and media studies that are mentioned only in passing throughout the lectures. Also, the course accompanies the tutorials the master students hold for the bachelor students and will provide ample room for reflecting questions concerning the teaching of cultural theory. Students will have to read essential theoretical texts on a weekly basis.

Sommersemester 2010

Prof. Dr. Huck gab im Sommersemester 2010 folgende Kurse:

 

Titel: Doing Cultural Studies: Producing a Documentary

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di 16:00 - 18:00, LS 6- R. 22/23

Inhalt: Das Seminar richtet sich an alle Studierenden des Englischen Seminars, die ihr Interesse an Kulturwissenschaft praktisch vertiefen möchten. Ziel des Seminars ist es, gemeinsam einen Dokumentarfilm zu produzieren, der ein gemeinsam gewähltes Thema kulturwissenschaftlich aufarbeitet. Der Film soll nach Fertigstellung im Offenen Kanal Kiel gezeigt werden. In Gruppenarbeit wird das gewählte Thema recherchiert, Archivmaterial aufgestöbert, neues Material gefilmt und schließlich alles zusammengeschnitten werden. Dafür ist viel Engagement auch außerhalb der Kurszeiten nötig. Das Seminar steht Studierenden aller Studiengänge offen; es kann allerdings kein Leistungsschein, sondern lediglich ein Teilnahmeschein erworben werden.
Wenn Sie an dem Seminar teilnehmen möchten, schicken Sie bitte ein kurzes Motivationsschreiben an hiwis-huck@anglistik.uni-kiel.de

 

Titel: Film and Hyperculture: Film and Sound

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di 12:00 - 14:00, LS 6- R. 22/23

Inhalt: Films are more than just moving images; although often neglected, sound, and especially music, contributes strongly to the meaning and the experience of a movie. The seminar will trace the use of sound and music from the so-called silent movies of the 1920s to the musicals of the 1950s and recent music-films. Systematically, we will attempt to differentiate the role of sound and image in the production of meaning. All participants are expected to make regular contributions to discussions. For preparation, please watch Singing’ in the Rain (US, 1952), Quadrophenia (UK, 1979), In Bed with Madonna (US, 1991), Dancer in the Dark (DAN, 2000), and High School Musical (US, 2006); detailed knowledge of these films will be taken for granted throughout the seminar.

 

Titel: Media, Culture Politics: Eighteenth Century London

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mi 10:00 - 12:00, LS 6- R. 22/23

Inhalt: The seminar will discover life, work and play of Londoners in the first half of the eighteenth century: How did they dwell? How did they shop? Which forms of entertainment where available? Which forms of mass media did they consume? What was their diet like? etc. All participants are expected to make regular contributions to discussions. For preparation, please read Susanna Centlivre’s The Wonder: A Woman Keeps a Secret (1714), Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders (1722), and John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera (1728); the last two titles are available at Campus Buchhandlung.

Wintersemester 2009/2010

Prof. Dr. Huck gab im Wintersemester 2009/2010 folgende Kurse:

 

Titel: Cultural Studies

Art der Veranstaltung: Vorlesung

Zeit und Ort: Di 16:00 - 18:00, OS75 - Hörsaal 3

Inhalt: Was ist Kultur? Wozu gibt es Kultur? Was hat Kultur mit Medien zu tun? Und wozu sollte man Kultur studieren? Die Vorlesung führt in die zentralen Themen, Gegenstände, Begriffe, Theorien und Methoden der Kultur- und Medienwissenschaft ein und vermittelt so zentrale methodische und theoretische Grundlagen des Englischstudiums. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei verschiedene Annäherungen an den Begriff der ‘Kultur’ und ihre mediale Begründung sowie mit diesen Begriffen zusammenhängende Konzepte wie Repräsentation, Massenmedien, Kontingenz und Identität. Diese Konzepte und ihre Anwendung sollen anhand diverser Beispiele aus den Bereichen Kultur und Medien erläutert und veranschaulicht werden. Die Vorlesung richtet sich speziell an Studienanfänger. Die zentralen Inhalte der Vorlesung werden in begleitenden Tutorien vertieft und in einer Klausur abgefragt.


Titel:
Theories of Cultural Studies

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mi 12:00 - 14:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: This seminar is a supplement to the lecture course “Einführung in die Kultur- und Medienwissenschaft”. Here, we will further develop the topics covered in the lecture course, mainly by studying seminal theoretical works from the field of cultural and media studies that are mentioned only in passing throughout the lectures. Also, the course accompanies the tutorials the master-students hold for the bachelor-students and will provide ample room for reflecting questions concerning the teaching of cultural theory. Students will have to read essential theoretical texts on a weekly basis.

 

Titel: Intermedial Comparative Analysis: Documentary Modes

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Di 10:00 - 12:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Not least since Michael Moore’s award-winning box-office hits Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary films have experienced a renaissance on TV and cinema screens. The seminar will trace the history of the documentary and its manifold subgenres (mockumentaries, rockumentaries etc.) as well as develop a systematic approach to this form. On the basis of this film genre we will examine the newly emerging genre of theatrical docudrama (Guantanamo, Democracy) and also the various forms of creative non-fiction. The aim of the seminar is to understand the aesthetic and cultural category of the documentary and its relation to various media (film, writing, theatre). All participants are expected to make regular contributions to discussions. For preparation, please watch Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine (US, 2002) and read Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo’s Guantanamo. ‘Honour bound to defend freedom’ (London, 2004).

 

Titel: Material Culture: Cultures of Fashion

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mi 10:00 - 12:00, LS6 - R.22/23

Inhalt: Fashion is a central element of the material culture that surrounds us in our daily lives – and one that is loathed as much by its critics as it is loved by its followers. By means of dress we can express our individuality or/and confirm being part of a specific cultural group, we can show our modesty as much as our sexual prowess, we can hide or flaunt our sexual identity – and much more. The aim of the seminar is to provide an overview of the historical evolution of the attitudes towards fashion and the most important theoretical approaches to fashion. All participants are expected to make regular contributions to discussions. For preparation please read the first volume of Samuel Richardson’s Pamela (1740); please use the Riverside edition.

Sommersemester 2009

Prof. Dr. Huck gab im Sommersemester 2009 folgende Kurse:

 

Titel: Einführung in die Kultur- und Medienwissenschaft

Art der Veranstaltung: Vorlesung

Zeit und Ort: Di 12:00 - 14:00, OS40 - R.201 [Alte Mensa Hebbel]

Inhalt: Was ist Kultur? Wozu gibt es Kultur? Was hat Kultur mit Medien zu tun? Und wozu sollte man Kultur studieren? Die Vorlesung führt in die zentralen Themen, Gegenstände, Begriffe, Theorien und Methoden der Kultur- und Medienwissenschaft ein. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei verschiedene Annäherungen an den Begriff der ‘Kultur’ und ihre mediale Begründung sowie mit diesen Begriffen zusammenhängende Konzepte wie Kontingenz, Repräsentation, Performanz und Figuration. Diese Konzepte und ihre Anwendung sollen anhand diverser Beispiele aus den Bereichen Kultur und Medien erläutert werden.

 

Titel: Detective Novels and Adaptations

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mi 8:00 - 10:00, LS10 - R.225

Inhalt: The detective is one of the most popular figures in both books and films. During the course we will first analyse the basic structures of the detective genre in writing and subsequently examine what happens when such texts are adapted to the screen – or vice versa. A central objective of the course is to understand the media specificity of different discursive presentations of the same story. Methodologically, we will approach texts and films both from a formal and a cultural studies perspective. All participants are expected to give regular contributions to the course. For preparation, please read Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901/02).

 

Titel: Fan Fiction

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Mi 10:00 - 12:00, LS10 - R.225

Inhalt: Fan fiction is a rather new term that denominates stories, mostly published on the internet, which feature famous characters (Harry Potter, Frankenstein, Elizabeth Bennett) or settings (Hogwarts, Enterprise), but are not written by the original authors; rather, ‘fans’ of these stories/characters/authors produce new texts. During the course we will examine the various sub-genres of fan fiction, its preferred places of publication and its central formal features. A central aim of the seminar is to determine the cultural patterns that motivate the various alterations to given plotlines. Which aims are realised in these new stories? Which literary stereotypes and genres are employed or undermined? All participants are expected to give regular contributions to the course. For preparation, please make yourself familiar with the phenomenon of fan fiction by surfing on the Internet.

 

Titel: Understanding Music Videos

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

Zeit und Ort: Do 12:00 - 14:00, LS10 - R.225

Inhalt: Arguably, pop music and its accompanying videos are one of the most heavily circulated cultural artefacts in contemporary society. In this seminar, we want to analyse how sound, lyrics and images attract viewers/listeners and de/construct various cultural identities. We will look at songs, texts, record covers and videos from the 1960’s until today. To understand these cultural artefacts, we will study definitions of popular culture, sub-culture, and cultural identity and learn how to analyse music videos from a variety of angles. A central aim of the seminar is to find out whether an affirmative, capitalistic genre like (pop) music videos can be used as a medium for critical utterances. All participants are expected to give regular contributions to the course. For preparation, watch and record as many music videos as you can.