Non-Fictional Literary Genres in Cultural and Medial Contexts
This lecture focuses on works of literary non-fiction, i.e. works that straddle the borders between fact and fiction. Literary non-fiction is a form of cultural communication that serves as a fruitful terrain on which to pursue the following question: What is it about character, plot, ways of telling, and other elements of narrative that makes literary non-fiction such a widely-deployed way of explaining experience? In order to be able to analyze literary non-fiction's signifying practices across media and the ideological implications thereof, this lecture introduces students to the analytical repertoire of Critical Ethical Narratology (CEN). The application of CEN to photography, graphic novels, and hypertext enables students to get a better understanding of the conditions of mediality that shape cultural world-construction in literary non-fiction. Moreover, they learn about literary non-fiction's cultural, epistemological, and normative functions and leave, hopefully, with fruitful insights into the genre as an attractive object of research.
Nora Berning is the coordinator of the "European PhDnet Literary and Cultural Studies" and a current habilitation candidate of the Department of English and American Literature with Prof Dr Ansgar Nünning. She is the author of Narrative Means to Journalistic Ends (VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2010). Nora is about to publish her dissertation Towards a Critical Ethical Narratology (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2013). Her main research interests include interdisciplinary approaches to the study of narrative, literary journalism, and genre theory.