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English Department

Lehrkredit Project "Multimedial Textual Analysis"

Culture—and therefore cultural studies—is becoming ever more visual and multimedial. English literature as an academic subject is no longer limited to written texts, but includes the analysis of paintings, photographs, films, and TV series. This project aims (a) to teach the students of the English Department the analytical and technical knowledge they need for academic engagement with multimedial material, (b) to foster its use in academic formats such as essays and theses, and (c) to establish an interactive, sustainable archive of multimedial texts.

What We Do

We offer two pilot seminars in the autumn semester 2017:

“Jane Austen Goes to the Movies” (Wednesdays, 10-12am)

“Hurray for Hollywood” (Thursdays, 4-6pm)

By giving students the opportunity to contribute material to the seminars, we incorporate the concept of the flipped classroom into our project. We aim to extend the existing academic formats by allowing students to hand in visual essays or to embed multimedial material such as film clips in their written essays. This allows students to reflect on the possibilities and limits of visual thinking and expression.

The seminars are accompanied by a tutorial (Mondays, 2-4pm) that teaches the students the technical skills of film editing.

Please sign up for the pilot seminars by booking the corresponding modules. The tutorials are only open to students who have booked one of the pilot seminars.

Who We Are

Professor Barbara Straumann manages the project. She and Professor Elisabeth Bronfen teach the pilot seminars. Luca Bianchi teaches the tutorials. Luca’s position is financed via the UZH Lehrkredit.

Weiterführende Informationen

Elisabeth Bronfen

Elisabeth Bronfen

Barbara Straumann

Barbara Straumann

Luca Bianchi