Representing reality is complicated. First of all, because there's debate about what reality really is, second, because any image of this reality, e.g. in literature or film, can never be perfectly accurate. But there are conventions of how to link 'literature' and 'reality', and one of these concepts is realism.
We will start with theoretical approaches to mimesis and representation before we explore how realism in literature has evolved since the 19th century. In the second half of the semester we will trace how concepts of realism have also influenced visual culture, from photography to the cinema. The focus of this class will be on the classic 'Hollywood Style', cinema's dominant way of narrating.
There will be no preliminary meeting and there is no assigned reading. Class starts on 13 October 2014 and further information will be sent via email to all participants.