Wintersemester 2019/20

Prof. Dr. Christian Huck gab im Wintersemester 2019/20 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 and American 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 will be provided to illustrate these terms and concepts. The second part of the course presents core historical 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 written 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, LS10, R.201

Inhalt: This seminar is a supplement to the lecture course “Introduction to the Study of British and American Culture” and open to Master students only, who have to give tutorials to BA-students. In the „Tutorenbetreuung", tutors will discuss in depth the topics covered in the lecture course. The course accompanies the tutorials and will provide ample room for reflecting questions concerning the teaching of cultural theory.

 

Titel: Tutorium 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 course 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. 

 

Titel: Theoretical Perspectives on Literature/ Culture: Myth and Memory in Contemporary British Culture

Art der Veranstaltung: Seminar

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

Inhalt: This course, jointly taught by Prof. C. Huck and V. Allen, focuses on concepts of myth and memory from the perspective of British cultural studies. It explores how notions of myth and memory are deployed to create meaning and are articulated in current British culture: in TV-shows such as Downton Abbey, on the crest of football shirts, or via the opening ceremony of the London Olympics 2012. 
The theoretical elements of the course draw from the fields of memory studies, semiotic study of myth and representation. Source material for this course goes beyond traditional literary studies material exploring the cultural studies approach of culturally created texts and how these theories can be applied to popular cultural artefacts such as advertisements and fan paraphernalia. 
Reflecting the production context and intended meaning creation of such artefacts we will work with Stuart Hall’s theoretical concept of representation. Roland Barthes’ approach to myth is drawn on to discussing examples of how myth-making is relevant in contemporary popular culture. This is expanded on with the concept of cultural memory advanced by Jan and Aleida Assmann. We will see in which aspects this theory differs from, draws on and develops from collective and communicative memory approaches in order to reflect on the function of memory in contemporary representations. 
In preparation for the ten-page essay required to complete this theory and interpretation module we will also touch on academic reading and writing skills to prepare you for this assessment. The latter part of the course will offer the possibility to develop your own research projects within the field of myth and memory studies.