Literature in the Digital Age



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  • Do 10:15-11:45, Raum C 301 ICS

Das Hauptseminar gehört in folgenden Studiengängen zu folgenden Modulen:

  • BA English and American Studies: Hauptmodul A (301) Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II) - Hausarbeit
  • Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Hauptmodul L-GYM Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul Literature) - Hausarbeit (80 %)
  • MA English Studies: Core Module: Literature (module 4051, exam 40511) - Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2-3 pages, 20%)
  • MA English Studies: Master Module II: Literature (module 8360, exam 83601) - Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2-3pages, 20%)
  • MA Literaturstudien - intermedial und interkulturell (Anglistik als Kernfach): Modul 9 Aufbaumodul


The technical developments in the 21^st^ Century, already called 'The Digital Age' by some critics, deeply influence all aspects of contemporary life. The private sphere of the individual, for instance, has never before been threatened by constant surveillance in such a drastic way. In this seminar, we will analyse the psychological, sociological, hermeneutical and aesthetic impacts digital media and artificial intelligence (may) have on contemporary society. The reading list will encompass fictional texts such as E. M. Forster's |The Machine Stops| (1928), Dave Egger's |The Circle| (2013), Ian McEwan's |Machines Like Me| (2019) and Kazuo Ishiguro's |Klara and the Sun| (2021), but also non-fictional texts such as Sherry Turkle's |Alone Together| (2011) and |Reclaiming Conversation| (2015) and Yuval Noah Harari's |Homo Deus| (2016). The seminar will end with a discussion of films such as Alex Garland's |Ex Machina| (2015) and Maria Schraders |Ich bin dein Mensch| (2021).

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Erwartete Teilnehmerzahl: 15