Theory and Methodology of Literature: Theory of Fiction 1, 2

  1. The course covers philosophy, theory, and history of mimesis/diegesis – representation/mediation. The relationship of art to reality and language. Determining the concept of fiction in relation to the categories reality/truth/possibility/verisimilitude. Conceptualizing the autonomy of the phenomenon of fiction – fictional world/discourse. Aspects, processes, media of representation. Pre-figuration, con-figuration, and re-figuration of fiction. Comparison and distinction in the usage of different media in the production and mediation: image, word, mime, gesticulation. Mimesis in fiction as subversion or repression. Relationships between art and religion, science, morality. Oral and written literature. Comparative interpretation, intertextual analysis, cultural contextualization of the literary and artistic phenomena.
  2. The course examines fiction through the prism of narrative texts, their autonomy and structure: prose, plays and their adaptation and performance as movies, theater, symptoms and aspects of narrative structures: events, performativity, perspective/perception, time, memory, distance/proximity, power, belief/idea, situation, mediation, trauma, experience and explanation of prejudice, reversible construction of narrative, aspects and conventions of fiction (novel, short story, autobiography, memoir, flashfiction etc.), drama (tragedy, comedy, melodrama, etc.), movie theater, criteria and types of typology, comparative interpretation and intertextual analysis, cultural contextualization of literature.