Postmodern Culture

Prof. Dr Kornelia Slavova
Lectures: 30
Seminars: 30
ECTS credits: 6

The course aims to introduce students to postmodern cultural practices, which dominate the current global world in the domains of architecture, literature, film as well as life style, fashion, and politics. By analyzing prominent works of contemporary fiction written in English, photography, and film-making, the course will explore various aspects of postmodern American and British cultures such as the role of the visual and technology in the postindustrial society, the dynamics of postmodern space and time, the (re)construction of history and identity, as well as the connection between postmodern material practices and post-colonialism, feminism, and globalization. The approach is student-oriented and involves autonomous reading and discussion of fictional as well as critical and theoretical texts. At the end of the course students are expected to prepare a textual or visual analysis of a postmodern practice or product in the form of a term paper and/or project. Evaluation is based on a final test and term-paper. There are no special prerequisites for the course apart from a good command of English as instruction is in English.

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