C&L 4b: Reading, Watching, Looking

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode LEU041B05
Vaknaam C&L 4b: Reading, Watching, Looking
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Culture and Literature 4b: Reading, Watching, Looking. Theories of Reception
Leerdoelen At the end of this course, students
- have knowledge of theories of aesthetic reception as discussed in historical and contemporary literary, artistic and filmic discourses (1.2, 1.3),
- are able to analyse, use, problematize and critically discuss important aspects of these theories (2.2, 2.3, 2.4), and
- are able to work on matters related to these theories individually and in groups and to communicate their analyses in a multidisciplinary framework (4.2, 4.3, 5.2, 5.3).
Omschrijving What happens when we read a text, watch a film, look at a painting? Is there a difference between dealing with literature and art and consuming other texts and images? How can we explain and conceptualize the fact that different people look at the same work in different ways and take a literary text as “a picnic to which the author brings the words and the reader the meaning” (Northrop Frye)?
One prominent strand of approaches dealing which such questions are theories of aesthetic reception and reader response. A key idea in many of these approaches is that in works of film, literature and art let the recipients actively participate in the construction of meaning – for example by providing “gaps“ to be “filled“ by the readers and viewers. Early film theory focused on montage, the space between the frames and the cut as crucial aesthetic elements of the new medium, while contemporary approaches describe “gaps” at different narrative and audiovisual levels. Literary scholars Roman Ingarden and Wolfgang Iser developed concepts of textual “indeterminacy“. And art historians such as Wolfgang Kemp and Gottfried Boehm discussed “empty spaces“ as key elements in modern paintings.
In this seminar, we will discuss such media-specific aesthetic concepts and possible interconnections between them, using a wide range of films, texts and images as examples.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm essay, presentatie
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator Dr. F.J. Lippert
Docent(en) Dr. F.J. Lippert
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Will be provided via the library.
Entreevoorwaarden Toegang tot het tweede jaar, d.w.z. minimaal 45 ECTS behaald uit de propedeuse van de BA Europese Talen en Culturen.
Exchange students who want to participate in this course should have an academic background in literature, arts, media studies or a related field.
Opmerkingen The final essay can be written in English or Dutch. A minimum attendance rate of 80% applies. This course unit can also be taken as a Minor or as an Open course unit and is also open to students of other Faculty of Arts Minor programmes. Not accessible for students with a completed Minor Applied Linguistics.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ba Europese talen en culturen (tot en met cohort 2021)  ( Profielvak) 2 semester I b keuzegroep
Ba Kunsten, Cultuur en Media  (Major) 2 semester I b keuzegroep