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Tutorial Buikema

There is a possibility to form student groups and to be tutored on: gender And literary theory, psychoanalysis, semiotics, aesthetics, post-colonial theory, cultural memory, representations of truth and reconciliation processes in cultural artefacts.
Cultural artefacts can be studied for both their aesthetical, ethical and/or political dimensions. Novels for example can be read both as exponents of a literary genre or style and as more or less obvious accounts of cultural and ideological values. Some literary critics even argue that literature can be envisaged as a set of implicit theories about identity, in especial about nationality, gender and race. These different aesthetical and political approaches of cultural artifacts will be combined in this tutorial, in order to answer the tutorial's basic question about the political effect and affect of the arts. By means of the study of the thematical, narratological and rhetorical features of several particular textual structures, i.e. the gothic, the grotesque, the migrant novel, biography and autobiography (but students are also free to thematize films, photographs, paintings, sculptures and the like), the elaborate discussion concerning the role of the arts in polictial transitions. Students are encouraged to read, think, talk and write about the value of gender approaches to literary theory.