2017-18 AM Time Travel: The 'Chronology Paradox' in 19C and 20C Literature

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  • NEW Time: Tue, 14:00-16:00
  • NEW Venue: A6 0-001
  • Course: 3.02.151
  • Lecturer: Anna Auguscik
  • Modul: ang615 Motifs - Themes - Issues (and their Media)
  • Course Description:

This course consists of two parts: a theoretical and a historical overview of time travel and its literary representations.

At first, we will learn about the theory of time travel based on a reading of classic SF short stories from 20C writers such as Robert A. Heinlein, Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. LeGuin, as well as scientific and scholarly papers on the science and philosophy of time, chronology, linearity and the paradoxes involved in digressions from and variations of these concepts.

In the second part of our course, we will go back in time to read our two main, though very different examples of time travel: H.G. Wells's The Time Machine (1895) and Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol (1843).


Please, make sure to purchase the following three books in advance. Your reading of the first two is prerequisite to the course. The third book will be used in chunks and can be perused at leisure.

  1. H.G. Wells, The Time Machine
  2. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  3. Ann and Jeff VanderMere, The Time Traveler's Almanac

PLEASE NOTE: All primary materials will be made available at the CvO bookshop.

  • Additional materials for preparation, as well as the detailed syllabus, will be made available here and/or on Stud.IP. There will be a Handapparat in our library.
  • Course Requirements
  • Requirements for 6 KP: regular attendance and a (oral/)written contribution in the form of either a presentation + written outline (10-12 pp) or seminar paper (15 pp), with based on the topic of the seminar.
  • As part of the "Aktive Teilnahme" regulation:
    Die aktive Teilnahme besteht aus folgenden Komponenten
    - regelmäßige Anwesenheit: max. 2 Abwesenheiten und gegebenenfalls Nacharbeit
    - Vor- und Nachbereitung des Seminarstoffs (Expertengruppen, Vorbereitung/Lektüre von Texten) 
    - Entwicklung einer wissenschaftlichen Fragestellung aus dem Problembereich des Seminars, durch:
      *Übernahme von Ergebnispräsentationen und 
      *(nur falls Seminararbeit angestrebt, verschriftlicht, ansonsten als Teil der Präsentation) 
       Entwicklung einer Research Paper Outline im Laufe des Semesters (die Zeitangaben verstehen sich als Empfehlungen): 
       Wahl eines Themenbereichs (bis 25.April),
       Abstract mit Fragestellung inkl. Forschungsbibliographie (RPO) (bis ###), 
       Vorstellung der Fragestellung in der letzten Semestersitzung.


Session 1: 19.10.2017

  • Introduction
  • Course syllabus


Session 2: 26.10.2017

  • Historical and Theoretical Contexts


Session 3: 02.11.2017

  • Textual Analysis 1:
  • Close Reading:

Session 4: 09.11.2017

  • Textual Analysis 2:
  • Close Reading

Session 5: 16.11.2017

  • Textual Analysis 3:
  • Close Readings

Session 6: 23.11.2017

  • Class reading:
  • Presenters' reading:
  • Further reading:


Session 7: 30.11.2017

  • Class reading:
  • Presenters' reading:
  • Further reading:


Session 8: 07.12.2017

  • Class reading:
  • Presenters' reading:
  • Further reading:


Session 9: 14.12.2017

  • Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  • Class reading:
  • Presenters' reading:
  • Further reading:

Session 10: 21.12.2017

  • Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  • Class reading:
  • Presenters' reading:
  • Further reading:

Session 11: 11.01.2018

  • Class reading:
  • Presenters' reading:
  • Further reading:


Session 12: 18.01.2018

  • Class reading:
  • Presenters' reading:
  • Further reading:

Session 13: 25.01.2018

  • Final Discussion
  • evaluation
  [Hand in RPOs until ### at the latest]

Session 14: 01.02.2018

  • discussion of RPOs
  • feedback on evaluation
  [Hand in research papers until 28 February]

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