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Seminar: Stylistic Approaches to Pop(ular) Culture - Details
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Semester SS 2022
Current number of participants 26
maximum number of participants 30
Home institute Englische Sprachwissenschaft
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
Next date Thu , 30.06.2022 11:45 - 13:15, Room: (D, 2004)
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Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch

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(D, 2004) Thursday: 11:45 - 13:15, weekly (12x)

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Comment/Description

Pop culture appears in diverse textual manifestations, including television series and films, song lyrics, video games, or graphic novels and comics. Although there is no universally accepted definition of pop culture, prototypical texts belong to globalized mainstream media, fulfill the commercial function of mass entertainment, and are dominated by American English. In line with their international reception and sociocultural impact, and despite the fact that pop culture seems to have overcome its traditional “low culture” status, linguistics has, throughout the last two decades, explored the language of pop culture in more detail.

Style, in this seminar, will be considered as a motivated choice of specific linguistic items that fulfill communicative functions in accordance with contextual parameters such as author, genre, or discursive context. Correspondingly, this seminar intends to investigate stylistic features that contribute to the mass appeal of pop cultural texts, arguably representing the most central type of performed language today. It will also take into account that contemporary pop culture manifestations are genuinely multimodal (combining text and music, text and image, etc.), so that further layers of meaning interact with the verbal discourse.

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