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


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.