Lehrveranstaltungen im Wintersemester 2010/11

Hauptseminar/Seminar (kw/stw) British History in Print and on the Screen

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Peter Müller

Kurzname: 06.008.510
Kursnummer: 06.008.510

Empfohlene Literatur

Texts: Kenneth O. Morgan, The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, Oxford Univ. Press 2009 (new edition) is recommended for purchase. Of the books and DVDs of Simon Schama, A History of Britain 2000f (BBC); David Dimbleby, The Seven Ages of Britain. The Story of Our Nation Told Through Its Greatest Treasures 2010 (Channel 4); Andrew Marr, A History of Modern Britain, Macmillan 2009; and Andrew Marr, The Making of Modern Britain. From Queen Victoria to VE Day, Pan Books 2010 get hold of at least one text now, read it, and select a topic you want to investigate further. [Schama's books are on sale in fairly inexpensive second hand copies at Amazon etc.]
Additional reading: Chambers, Iain, "Narratives of Nationalism: Being 'British'", in: Carter, Erica / James Donald / Judith Squires (eds.), Space and Place: Theo­ries of Identity and Location, London: Lawrence & Wishart 1993, 145-164; Dimbleby, David, A Picture of Britain, Tate Gallery 2005; Morley, David / Kevin Robins (eds.), British Cultural Studies. Geography, Nationality, and Identity, Oxford: OUP 2001; Strong, Roy, The Spirit of Britain. A Narrative History of the Arts, London: Pimlico 2000; Strong, Roy, Painting the Past. The Victorian Painter and British History, London: Pimlico 2004.

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This seminar will use the topic dealt with in the lecture, in order to discuss and analyse the various ways in which British history is presented in books, TV programmes, films, the internet, podcasts etc. Students will select a topic from a wide range of possibilities, investigate how that topic (e.g. 1066, Queen Victoria, WWI, the Welfare State, class in Britain, or some of the ones mentioned below, etc.) is presented in print and on the screen, and then they will tell the others about the characteristics of the histories and media investigated. The books and DVDs of Simon Schama's A History of Britain 2000f will provide a frame from which students can choose their own focus. Another somewhat different frame is presented in David Dimbleby's The Seven Ages of Britain. The Story of Our Nation Told Through Its Greatest Treasures 2010, which has just been presented on Channel 4 and will be available to students in the library. Dimbleby reveals how history is told through art. Andrew Marr's books, A History of Modern Britain 2009, and The Making of Modern Britain. From Queen Victoria to VE Day 2010 can also be used and provide a frame for British history since 1945 (cf. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/6658705.stm).
Students may select a topic from one of the history books mentioned, but they are also invited to find other sources, esp. good ones on the web, for their own topic and for comparisons with the books listed. These are some of the topics for which DVDs of TV programmes are available to the students interested in them (send me an e-mail to book them for you): The Great State Offices (= The Home Office, The Foreign Office, The Treasury; cf. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qplfp; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qvlw1; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00r0sf5); Dunkirk (i.e. WWII, cf. the BBC websites in the information on the lecture); The British Family (dealing with the sub-topics 'marriage', 'sex', 'money' and 'children' in its four episodes, cf. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00q9krn; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qhq84; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qllrc); A Century of Fatherhood (on British fathers since the Edwardian Age; cf. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00swhjq; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sxgsl); How the Navy Forged the Modern World (cf. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qlmcq); The Genius of Britain (a series on British scientists; cf. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/genius-of-britain); History of Now: The Story of the Noughties (cf. the Guardian iPod on the noughties and http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00psp5r; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00psrnm; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pss21); Rude Britannia ('A History Most Satirical, Lewd and Offensive' of satire, cartoons, and bawdy Britain (cf. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ssz7f; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00srf2d).
There is a cultural studies focus in this class, but students can also write term papers on the language used in the media as well as on problems of translation. Students can thus get either a kulturwiss. or sprach- / translationswiss. Schein.

Termine:

Datum (Wochentag)UhrzeitOrt
26.10.2010 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
02.11.2010 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
09.11.2010 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
16.11.2010 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
23.11.2010 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
30.11.2010 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
07.12.2010 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
14.12.2010 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
11.01.2011 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
18.01.2011 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
25.01.2011 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
01.02.2011 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
08.02.2011 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
15.02.2011 (Dienstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude

Semester: WiSe 2010/11