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New Forms of Fiction: Exploring blendings and transgressions of fiction and reality
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ProLit -- PhD Programme in Literature at Munich University
Fiction and Reality. Exploring Positions in a Complex Relationship
2009 Summer School in Munich, Germany
How does fiction relate to the "real world"? Does fiction have the power to interfere with life, and why and how do social institutions interfere with fiction? In which ways does fiction change our view of the world, and how does a changing world alter fiction? Is there a growing tendency to fictionalize the world, and how does it relate to the impulse to make fiction realistic? And which role do literary studies - and literary scholars - play in this dense and often tense web of relationships? Where is our position?
We want to explore this complex relationship in detail in this second international Summer Schools hosted by the PhD programme "Literature" at Munich University.
New Forms of Fiction:
"New Forms of Fiction: Exploring blendings and transgressions of fiction and reality" is the second in the three year row of summer schools whose focus is the relationship between fiction and reality. The aim of this second summer school is to offer doctoral students and post-docs an opportunity to explore and discuss in detail different ways in which literary texts and other works of art use, cause or reflect transgressions or blendings of fiction and reality. The summer school is designed so as to allow you maximum time to develop and discuss your own positions and questions; university teachers both from our partner universities and from Munich University will provide some initial input and will guide discussions, but the collaborative work of the students will be at the heart of the summer school.
To focus discussions, we will be concentrating on four subsections:
(1) Defending Fiction
(2) Interacting with Fiction
(3) Indicating the Real
(4) Realisations of Fiction
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