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Course module: 800163-B-6
The Truth of Fiction
Course info
Course module800163-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSH: Department of Culture Studies; Culture Studies;
Is part of
B Culture Studies
B Liberal Arts and Sciences
PM Art, Media and Society
PM Health Humanities
Minor Online Culture: Art in the Public Sphere
Minor Online Culture: Culture and Literature
Contact persondr. S.E. van der Beek, PhD
Coordinator course
dr. S.E. van der Beek, PhD
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
Starting block
SM 2
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 14/01/2019 up to and including 31/07/2019
After having done the course, students have knowledge of:
  • theories on realism in film narrative, TV, and documentary v theories on the interrelations between fiction and documentary realism
  • the history of documentary and non-fiction genres
After having done the course, students have acquired the following skills:
  • analyzing different genres and forms of visual narrative across media
  • performing a comparative analysis of different media
  • theorizing the interrelations between styles of documentary realism, fictionalization and narrativization
  • using a narrative toolkit for the analysis of film, clips, documentaries
This course focuses on the intersections of documentary and fictional narratives and explores the tension between factuality and fiction across different audiovisual media. We analyze a range of forms and genres: television series, film, graphic novel, reality TV, documentary (animated, performative, DYI/autobiography), and mockumentary. We study the age-old coupling between visual (photographic) media and truthfulness, and analyze the representational strategies and conventions that generate ‘reality effects’.

Questions to be addressed include: How can fiction be realistic or ‘truthful’ and, conversely, by what strategies do the ‘non-fictional’ genres often narrativize and fictionalize their subject matter? Is there even a strict demarcation between fiction and non-fiction, or rather a gliding scale? What is the history of documentary and docudrama? Through what devices can reality be (re)constructed? What is the effect of the artificiality of mockumentaries, how is the public made to believe in Reality TV?
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800163-B-6|The Truth of Fiction
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