Exercises: Postmodernism and Beyond: Theory and Culture - Details
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Semester SS 2021
Current number of participants 4
expected number of participants 20
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Exercises in category Teaching
First date Wed , 14.04.2021 10:15 - 11:45
Learning organization regular attendance, short presentation, final exam
Performance record Portfolio
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird online/digital abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise A reader with assorted texts will be provided on Digicampus.
ECTS points 2-4

Course location / Course dates

n.a Wednesday: 10:15 - 11:45, weekly


Postmodernism is a diverse and multi-faceted literary and cultural phenomenon and at the same time a hotly contested term. In this seminar we will try to delineate some of the central notions and ideas surrounding postmodernism and its manifestations in fiction and culture. Postmodern texts are typically associated with innovation and radical formal experiment. Such texts often show an ironic detachment, self-reflexivity and a sceptical attitude towards realism. Together we will focus on some of the theoretical and philosophical foundations of postmodernism and discuss them in depth. We will then compare these theoretical perspectives with examples from literature and cultural practice (architecture, film, TV, …). Lastly, we will ask the question of whether or not postmodernism is by now ‘over’ and if so, what comes next. What, if not postmodernism, is the cultural (and theoretical) disposition of the early 21st century? How do, for example, changes in the ways we interact with media impact on literature and culture today?

Reading list: tba. Theoretical texts will be made available on digicampus, but students will have to get hold of primary literature themselves.

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