641220 Literary Theories: "New Materialism", "New Realism", "Post-post-Structuralism" - The emphasis of the new in Comparative Literature

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641220
Literary Theories: "New Materialism", "New Realism", "Post-post-Structuralism" - The emphasis of the new in Comparative Literature
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The aim of this course is not only to get to know the most important and influential positions of New Materialism and New Realism, but also to ask for the chances and the limits of those positions. It is desired to open the seminar as discussion room and negotiate possible futures of the discipline as well as its socially critical potential.

Currently almost revolutionary tendencies can be observed in the academic field of Comparative Literature: The old should give way to the new one. In times of crisis – dominated by fake-news and populistic currents – a desire for the new seems to replace the old paradigm of rearticulating the known in the Brechtian sense of “Durchspielen”. Theoretical Positions (like those of Derrida, Deleuze, Spivak, Mouffe or Butler) that can be subsumed under the term “Poststructuralism” and once hailed as political powerful are in many cases regarded as relativistic or even unusable. In contrast, theoretical positions that are strongly influenced by natural science seem to gain strength. In the Humanities the dimension of authenticity truly stages a comeback. 

lectures, students presentations, discussions.

The texts are discussed in the frame of student presentation. To complete the course all students have to write an essay in the scope of 3 to 5 pages). 

All materials are made available at the beginning of the semester.

20.04.2018
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Date Time Location
Fri 2018-03-23
08.30 - 19.00 40123 40123 Barrier-free
Sat 2018-03-24
08.30 - 19.00 40123 40123 Barrier-free
Fri 2018-05-18
08.30 - 19.00 40123 40123 Barrier-free
Sat 2018-05-19
08.30 - 19.00 40123 40123 Barrier-free