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For Erasmus students:
All the courses offered by the Institute of English and American Studies are 14 weeks long, meet for two contact hours once a week, and are worth 4 ETC credits.
AM-MA-B1, Visual Representations: American Arts and Media, Annus Irén
ANG-MA-SZ11Any course lecture Interdisciplinary St.
What happens to texts – films and novels alike – when they are transformed into an entirely different medium? The course will consider the theoretical and, to some extent, practical issues surrounding the adaptation of a text into a film, or a film into video games, and will also look at the reverse process: the novelization of films, and the film adaptation of computer games. We will investigate key approaches and debates surrounding adaptation and explore why and how adaptations of literary texts (high and low) have become increasingly popular. Texts from Shakespeare and Hawthorne to Keneally and Welsh and their cinematic realization will provide one part of the course, complemented by various incarnations of Batman, a journey with Star Trek from television to the silver screen, and further cross- and intermedial examples. Key issues addressed: fidelity to the letter and fidelity to the spirit of a text, original vs. copy, medial divides, intermedial space, dialogism, multimedia, hybridization. The course ends with an exam.
The lecture explores a variety of approaches to the study of American culture through its myriad of multimedial cultural outputs from literary to hypermedial, televisual to digital, and material to virtual. Through these, the course explores the formation of identities and societies through issues such as race/ethnicity, social and cultural theory, social economic class, gender and sexual orientation, and the shifting paradigms of analogue to the digital. It will also concentrate on the Americanization process and American cultural institutions and/or American cultural values, and examine, discuss and question the concepts of privilege/exceptionalism, silence/voice, urbanization/the city, civilization, market, sentiment, science, property, media, West, white and war, among many others. The lecture will follow a thematic structure instead of sticking to chronology or disciplinary boundaries. Students will proceed along with the lectures by reading the assigned web essays that are closely connected to the mandatory reading material and serve as trampolines for further critical reading. The course ends with an exam.
Photography in America: From the Wet Plate to Instagram NEW!
AM-MA-D4, American Film Arts and the Media, Cristian Réka M.
TO-ANGT-SK701 Any Course Seminar Cora Zoltan
Photography creates a caesura in the history of mankind according to Roland Barthes, as there is a history before the advent of the photographic image that is more than ambiguous, and there is a history that comes with the mechanic reproduction of reality that cannot lie. Today, the rise of digital photography and imaging has transformed the landscape of visual communication and culture even beyond the scope early critics and photographers thought it would: events, activities, moments, objects and people are ‘captured’ and distributed as images on an unprecedented scale. The course investigates the rise and development of photography in the U.S.A. from Eastman’s early experiments in his laboratories and the rise of Kodak, through the analogue age up to the digital platform and the new phenomenon of ‘ubiquitous photography’ (M. Hand) to provide a critical explanation of the technologies, practices and cultural significance of this artistic form. The seminar also engages with key contemporary theoretical issues about memory and mobility, authorship and authenticity, immediacy and preservation, and the increased visibility of ordinary social life with a specific focus on the U.S. and on the American continent.
Participation – 25% (presence and active participation in the course is required)
Presentation – 25% (each student selects a topic from the course offer and gives a short presentation on it)
Mid-Term test – 15% (in-class, short written test)
Final test – 35% (in-class, longer written test, multiple components)
- Introduction: Picturing America
- Eastman and the Caesura in History. (Sontag pp. 80-94; Barthes pp.33-40.)
- Aesthetics & history I: Ansel Adams. (Benjamin pp. 251-283; Kracauer pp. 115-132)
- Aesthetics & history II: Stieglitz, Hine (Cadava pp. 3-27.; Batchen pp. 3-30)
- Thinking Photography I: Victor Burgin (pp. 39-83; pp. 142-153)
- Thinking Photography II: Color and Instant Imaging (Mid-Term test)
- Meanings of Photography: Artful Ambitions (Sekula pp. 84-109; Berger pp. 14-38)
- Analogy vs. Representation: Abelardo Morell (Silverman pp. 1-38)
- Photography as Archive: From Nadar to Social Media (Derrida pp. 1-48.)
- Look/Gaze: Cindy Sherman (Silverman, pp. 178-229)
- Digital Photography: Mitchell’s Reconfigured Eye (pp. 23-50; 191-224)
- America Seen: The Networked Image (Hand pp. 59-94., p. 146-180)
- The Dream of the Analogue: Instagramism (Manovich pp. 58-113)
- Final Test
Premilimary list of readings
Amelumxen, Hubertus von et alii, eds. Photography After Photography. Art Stock, 1997.
Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida. New York: Hill and Wang, 2010.
Batchen, Geoffrey. Each Wild Idea. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2012.
Benjamin, Walter. On Photography. London: Reaktion Books, 2015.
Cadava, Eduardo. Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1998.
Manovich, Lev. The Instagram Book. 2018 (to be published)
Mitchell, William J. The Reconfigured Eye. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1992.
Silverman, Kaja. The Threshold of the Visible World. New York: Routledge, 1996.
Silverman, Kaja. The Miracle of Analogy. Vol.I. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2015.
Sontag, Susan. On Photography. New York: Penguin, 1973.
Colonies to Empire through Transatlantic Dimensions Hist, 1, lect, MAAM
AM-MA-A1 U.S. History Vajda Zoltan
The aim of the course is to survey major issues in the development of American history from colonial times to the twenty-first century in order to show how, rooted in colonial traditions, originally imported from the old country but developed in the new world, the USA became the sole superpower by the beginning of the twenty-first century. Particular emphasis is laid on the causes, course and consequences/results of the American revolution, the making of the Constitution, the thrust of modernity in the nineteenth century as well as the economic and social development of the USA in the twentieth that launched it as a superpower. The course concludes with a written examination.