610006 PS American Literature: How Stories Are Told and Understood: An Introduction to Literary Narrative Theory

winter semester 2018/2019 | Last update: 07.02.2019 Place course on memo list
610006
PS American Literature: How Stories Are Told and Understood: An Introduction to Literary Narrative Theory
PS 2
2,5
weekly
each semester
English

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to discuss the most important narrative theories and approaches to literature. They can apply these theories in order to analyze the most important narrative structures and techniques in texts ranging across all literary genres, including drama and poetry. Furthermore, students can discuss the effects of different kinds of narration on the reader. They will demonstrate their knowledge of the subject in their presentations, in their research papers, and most importantly in in-class discussions.

How and why are stories told? How are they understood by listeners/viewers/readers and what effects do the stories have on them? What is the relationship between what is told and how it is told? From whose perspective is a story told? Is the narrator part of the action or outside of it? Can we trust the narrator or is he/she trying to deceive us? How can the opinions and values presented in a book differ from those of its author? How does our understanding of a story change when the narrative perspective changes? How are stories told through poetry, if at all? Is there someone telling the story in a play or is everything just shown to the audience? In this course, we aim to answer these questions through group discussions and by studying theories put forth by prominent narrative scholars. Using selected primary and secondary texts we will discuss common features and the most important approaches regarding narration in all literary genres. In their presentations, students will apply these theories and approaches to selected texts and analyze them regarding their narrative setting and peculiarities.

Lecture inputs, weekly viewings/readings, student presentations, group discussions.

Active class participation, student presentations, writing assignments and/or term paper.

As far as possible, course materials and selected primary and secondary sources will be posted on OLAT.

Prerequisite for the Bachelor Program (612): positive completion of compulsory module 10,  for the Teacher Training Program (Lehramtsstudium: 344): VO2: Introduction to American Literary Studies, for BA Lehramt (457): positive completion of compulsory module 13

not applicable

For the Teacher Training Program (Lehramtsstudium: 344): PS2: American Literature.

Due to substantial differences in the allocation of ECTS-Credits in various curricula (teacher training program - BA/MA English and American Studies), the requirements for this course vary. Information will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the course. 

01.10.2018
Group 0
Date Time Location
Mon 2018-10-01
10.15 - 11.45 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Mon 2018-10-08
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Mon 2018-10-15
10.15 - 11.45 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Mon 2018-10-22
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Mon 2018-10-29
10.15 - 11.45 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Mon 2018-11-05
10.15 - 11.45 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Mon 2018-11-12
10.15 - 11.45 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Mon 2018-11-19
10.15 - 11.45 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Mon 2018-11-26
10.15 - 11.45 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Mon 2018-12-03
10.15 - 11.45 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Mon 2018-12-10
10.15 - 11.45 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Mon 2019-01-07
10.15 - 11.45 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Mon 2019-01-14
10.15 - 11.45 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Mon 2019-01-21
10.15 - 11.45 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Mon 2019-01-28
10.15 - 11.45 40130 40130 Barrier-free