Lehrveranstaltungen im Sommersemester 2010

Proseminar (kw/stw) The Picture of Britain in 'Somers Town' (2008)

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Peter Müller

Kurzname: 06.008.040
Kursnummer: 06.008.040

Inhalt

We'll deal with the problems discussed in the lecture in connection with the social realist film Somers Town by Shane Meadows. It deals with immigration, young people, poverty, unemployment, class etc., and we'll compare its images of Britain with those created in sociological and cultural studies texts. We'll thus try to find out whether the film presents a reliable representation of contemporary Britain or one that is driven by certain intentions on the part of the makers of the film (such as addressing a particular audience, telling an interesting, thrilling story etc.). How does the medium film influence the representation of Britain? Which aspects dealt with in non-fictional texts on the same topics are neglected? The focus of this class is on cultural studies, but students can also write term papers on the language used in this film (and, perhaps, also one or two others) as well as on problems of translation. Students can thus get either a kulturwiss. or sprach- / translationswiss. Schein.

Empfohlene Literatur

Text: The film Somers Town.
Additional reading: Cf. the texts mentioned for the lecture and Canoville, Paul, Black and Blue. How Racism, Drugs and Cancer Almost Destroyed Me, London: Headline 2008; Chambers, Iain, "Narratives of Nationalism: Being 'British'", in: Carter, Erica / James Donald / Judith Squires (eds.), Space and Place: Theo¬ries of Identity and Location, London: Lawrence & Wishart 1993, 145-164; Dave, Paul, Visions of England: Class and Culture in Contemporary Cinema, Oxford: Berg Publishers 2006; Gilroy, Paul, After Empire: Melancholia or Convivial Culture?, London: Routledge 2004; Kastendiek, Hans / Roland Sturm (eds.), Länderbe¬richt Großbri¬tannien. Geschichte, Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesell¬schaft, Kultur, Bonn: Bundeszen¬trale für politische Bildung 2006 (3rd ed., get a free copy from them!); Morley, David / Kevin Robins (eds.), British Cultural Studies. Geography, Nationality, and Identity, Oxford: OUP 2001, 57-78; O'Driscoll, James, Britain – the Country and Its People, Berlin: Cornelsen 22009; Street, Sarah, British National Cinema, London: Routledge 22008; Winder, Robert, Bloody Foreigners. The Story of Immigration to Britain, London: Abacus 2005.

Termine:

Datum (Wochentag)UhrzeitOrt
13.04.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
20.04.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
27.04.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
04.05.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
11.05.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
18.05.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
25.05.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
01.06.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
08.06.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
15.06.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
22.06.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
29.06.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
06.07.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
13.07.2010 (Dienstag)09.40 - 11.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude

Semester: SoSe 2010