Lehrveranstaltungen im Wintersemester 2010/11

Vorlesung (kw/stw) British History: Different Versions in Different Media?

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Peter Müller

Kurzname: 06.008.094
Kursnummer: 06.008.094

Inhalt

The lecture will present students with basic facts of British history and the various ways in which they are presented in different media, esp. in books, on TV, and on the web. Do we get the same hi-/stories in these media or are there significant differences? Which history and which media are the best ones for students learning English and wanting to get a sound knowledge of Britain? Do the media converge, how is media convergence employed, and what effect does it have on the representation of history and on users? Do we, for instance, become more than consumers when the BBC presents a series of documentaries and docu¬dramas on the events in northern France 70 years after Dunkirk, in order to distinguish be¬tween the facts and the myths of the evacuation of British and French soldiers trapped there in 1940? (The series was shown in June 2010. Cf. its presentation on the web http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00snp3v; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0074q1k; http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8701830.stm; http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8695580.stm.) Is there a significantly different representation of this fact of British history in the 1958 Ealing film 'Dunkirk'? And why is it that when there are documentaries about very general topics, such as the development of scientific understanding, of satire and cartoons, families, or anything else, they all emphasize the importance and uniqueness of Britain in these histories? A title like this one is quite typical of what has been going on in Britain for quite some time now: 'Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World' (BBC series in January 2010). A rather intriguing way of combining history and story telling with specific genres or media is the BBC series 'Rude Britannia', the first episode of which is appropriately subtitled 'A History Most Satirical, Lewd and Offensive'. (Cf. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ssz7f.) The series was shown in June 2010 and coincided with Tate Britain's exhibition of caricatures, also called 'Rude Britannia' and presenting 'British Comic Art' (http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/britishcomicart/default.shtm).
We thus find intriguing mixtures of media employed more and more, as the technical facilities are readily available. Simon Schama's BBC series A History of Britain 2000f can be obtained on DVD as well as in print, and so can David Dimbleby's 2010 Channel 4 series The Seven Ages of Britain. The Story of Our Nation Told Through Its Greatest Treasures. The lecture will provide students with the necessary backgrounds for these developments, it will show numerous examples, and discuss questions and problems currently dealt with in advanced research investigating human dependence on media for an understanding of humanity, reality, and history. Students will also learn the most significant categories required for a description of British history and get a sound idea of its most important periods, events, and people. My other classes this term will investigate specific aspects of the topics discussed in this lecture, which will provide a general survey of British history as it is understood today.

Empfohlene Literatur

Recommended reading: a) British history: The volumes of The Penguin History of Britain and The Oxford History of Britain. Buy at least one of these books: Kenneth O. Morgan, The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, OUP 2009 (new edition); Andrew Marr, A History of Modern Britain, Macmillan 2009; Andrew Marr, The Making of Modern Britain. From Queen Victoria to VE Day, Pan Books 2010; or one of the books and DVDs of Simon Schama's A History of Britain 2000f (BBC) and David Dimbleby's The Seven Ages of Britain. The Story of Our Nation Told Through Its Greatest Treasures 2010 (Channel 4).
b) Britain and media: Abercrombie, Nicholas / Alan Warde, Contemporary British Society, Cambridge: Polity 32000; Anderson, Benedict, Imagined Communities. Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, London: Verso 2006 (revised edition); Curran, James / David Morley (eds.), Media and Cultural Theory, London: Routledge 2006; Jenkins, Henry, Convergence Culture. Where Old and New Media Collide, NY: NY UP 2008; Morley, David, Media, Modernity and Technology: The Geography of the New, London: Routledge 2007; Morley, David / Kevin Robins (eds.), British Cultural Studies. Geography, Nationality, and Identity, Oxford: OUP 2001; Oakland, John, British Civilization: An Introduction, London: Taylor & Francis 62006; O'Driscoll, James, Britain – the Country and Its People, Berlin: Cornelsen 22009.

Termine:

Datum (Wochentag)UhrzeitOrt
28.10.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
04.11.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrN.100 Audimax
8512 - FAS Hörsaalgebäude
11.11.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
18.11.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
25.11.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
02.12.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
09.12.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
16.12.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
13.01.2011 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
20.01.2011 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
27.01.2011 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
03.02.2011 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
10.02.2011 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
17.02.2011 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude

Semester: WiSe 2010/11