Guest Lecture: Bronwen Thomas

ELM Guest Lecture

A Game of Shadows: Rediscovering Literary Classics through New Media

Bronwen Thomas
Associate Professor, The Media School, Bournemouth University

Thursday, 3 July 2014
14.15 – 15.45 hrs

room A11

Guest Lectures Marie-Laure Ryan

im Rahmen der Lehrveranstaltung"Research Colloquium"

Storyworlds as Cognitive and Ontological Concept

Dr Marie-Laure-Ryan
Prize-winning author of Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and Narrative Theory; Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media and Avatars of Story

Dienstag, 3. Dezember 2013, 14.00 Uhr c.t., Raum A 6

Thanks to phenomena such as transmedia storytelling, tranfictionality (=fictional texts expanding, modifying or transposing the world of another text), TV serials dominated by a memorable setting, and online games which turn players into the citizens of a virtual world, the concepts of “world” and its narratological correlate of “storyworld” have  gained new prominence in narratology.  But they remain still ill-defined. In this presentation, taking up a suggestion from Czech narratologist Jírí Koten, I will connect “storyworld”  to two trends in narratology:  the cognitive approach, which regards storyworld as a spatio-temporal totality whose evolution readers or spectators simulate mentally; and the ontological approach, inspired by possible worlds theory, which focuses on the notion of “fictional world,” and regards “worlds” as defined over sets of propositions with mutually compatible truth values, so that a change of truth value creates a different world. To the literary aesthetics inherited from New Criticism that promotes a one-to-one relation between text, world and story I will oppose a currently developing aesthetics of proliferation that implements a wide variety of relations between text, world and story. In conclusion I will discusses the possibility of narration without world creation, and of world-creation without narration, regarding these two improbable cases as  a challenge to capture what it takes to create “worldness” as a lived experience.

Guest Lecture Marie-Laure Ryan

Abendvorträge zu den historischen Kulturwissenschaften

Narrative Space: Strategic versus Emotional Conceptions

Dr. Marie-Laure Ryan
University of Colorado

4. Dezember 2013
18 Uhr c.t.


Guest Lecture: Hilary Dannenberg

Abendvorträge zu den historischen Kulturwissenschaften

Cognitive, Corporeal and Territorial Space:
Different Approaches to the Analysis of Space in Narrative Fiction and Film

Prof. Dr. Hilary Dannenberg

7 June 2011
6 p.m.


ASAP Symposium, 28-30 October 2010

Configuring the Present across Arts and Media: A symposium focusing on innovation in contemporary arts and their dialogue with the past

Symposium Website

Symposium Programme [PDF]