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.