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.