607205 PS Concepts and Works of World Literature: Chronotope, Fool and Carnival - Michail M. Bachtins Concept of a subversive literature of laughter

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607205
PS Concepts and Works of World Literature: Chronotope, Fool and Carnival - Michail M. Bachtins Concept of a subversive literature of laughter
PS 2
5
every 2 weeks
each semester
German

During this pro-seminar the students will get familiar with Mikhail M. Bakhtin's concepts of chronotope and the carnival laughter literature. These two closely interlinked concepts were developed by Bakhtin in his books "Forms of Time in the Novel" (1975) and "Rabelais and His World" (1940) and he demonstrates them on numerous examples of world literature. In a first step, Bakhtin's terms will be presented by the lecturer and discussed with the students. In a second step, the sustainability of these concepts will be proved at selected examples of literary texts.

Hardly any other Eastern European scientist has influenced modern literature analysis in the last 50 years as sustainable as Mikhail Bakhtin M. (1895-1975). His concepts of "Dialogism", "Chronotope", "Polyphony" etc. are now among the cornerstones of literary terminology. But Bakhtin also conceived a theory of a subversive literature of laughter, whose origins he presumed in the "Aithiopiká" (3. or. 4th century A.D.) of Heliodorus and the "Metamorphoseon libri XI" (2nd century A.D.) of Lucius Apuleius. In the pro-seminar the concept of laughter tradition will be tested on those literary texts, that Bakhtin himself examined in his Chronotope-essay and in his dissertation "Rabelais and His World" (1940): These literary works are, for example, "Parsifal" (ca. 1210) by Wolfram von Eschenbach, "Gargantua et Pantagruel" (1st Part 1532) by François Rabelais, "Don Quixote "(1st Part 1605) by Miguel de Cervantes and "Simplicius Simplicissimus" (1668) by Grimmelshausen. But Bakhtin's theory of laughter does not end in the 17th century. In the seminar the concept will also be proved on works of contemporary literature – such as T.C. Boyle's "East is East" (1992), Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (2006) or Thomas Meyer's "Wolkenbruchs wunderliche Reise in die Arme einer Schickse" (2014).

A general overview of Bachtin’s theory of laughter will be presented by the lecturer. The tenability of the theoretical approach will be tested in practice by the students in presentations of selected works of world literature.

To complete the course the students have to take part in learning groups and prepare keynote speeches during the semester. At the end of the semester a term paper (circumference about 10 - 15 pages) has to be written. In addition, the active participation in the discussions will be part of the marking.

1.    Bachtin, Michail M.: Chronotopos. Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp 2008. (Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 1879). (In Auszügen)

2.    Bachtin, Michail M.: Literatur und Karneval. Zur Romantheorie und Lachkultur. Frankfurt a. M : Fischer 1990. (Fischer-Taschenbücher 7434).

3.    Bachtin, Michail M.: Rabelais und seine Welt. Volkskultur als Gegenkultur. Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp 1995. (In Auszügen)

4.    Lachmann, Renate: Vorwort. Rabelais und seine Welt. In: Bachtin, Michail M.: Rabelais und seine Welt. Volkskultur als Gegenkultur. Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp 1995, S. 7-49.

5.    May, Markus (Hg.): Bachtin im Dialog. Heidelberg: Winter 2006. (Beiträge zur neueren Literatur-geschichte 241).

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