The threefold focus of the course is
1) on rhetorical and institutional strategies of self-fashioning and posture,
2) on forms and genres in the realm of life writing
3) on practices of and theories on writing biography
After completing this course, you will be able to
- describe and recognize important concepts from theoretical discussion on self-fashioning, life writing and biography that one needs to understand the public performances of literary writers, visual artists and other public figures in literary history /art history and in (historical and contemporary) media culture
- formulate a substantiated and well-argued analysis and interpretation of a cultural expression (literary text, art work) in the domain of life writing
- formulate a substantiated and well-argued analysis and interpretation of a public performance of a public figure, making use of concepts such as self-fashioning and posture
- formulate a substantiated opinion on theories on self-fashioning, life writing and biography.
- formulate a substantiated opinion on the cultural historical developments of authorial figures / media images of literary writers and visual artists in the 19th and 20th century.
- formulate and conceptualize, in a substantiated way, new authorial figures and media images that might help to analyze the self-fashioning of contemporary literary writers and visual artists.
- report orally and written in an understandable manner
- make an adequate and understandable summary of a complex academic text
- compare different cultural theoretical academic texts and to evaluate their differences
- deduce relevant cultural theoretical or cultural historical research questions from the comparison of several cultural theoretical and cultural historical texts
- design a small research project on the basis of the aforementioned questions
- write an academic paper in which you report the results of the aforementioned small research project
These skills are part of the design of this course:
- analytical and critical skills / problem-solving skills / creative and innovative thinking (assignments in class, construction and report of the research project)
- writing skills (written report on the research project in the form of a Diggit Magazine
- working in a team / planning and organisation / social and communication skills (assignments in class)
- presentation skills (assignments in class),
- digital/ICT Skills (Diggit Magazine
The academic paper written for this course is constructed as a Diggit Magazine