Die Teilnahmerzahl des Seminars ist auf 20 Studierende beschränkt. Bitten melden Sie sich vor Semesterbeginn unter AGNES an.
Are literature and music sister arts? In the course of the seminar we will approach the connections between literary texts and music from various intermedial perspectives: We will trace the changes that occur when a dramatic text is adapted for the musical stage; we will analyse the formal and rhetorical similarities and incompatibilities between poetical texts and musical compositions; and we will investigate how the analysis of the theme of music can be a key to the understanding of the structure and symbolism of a narrative text. The texts – literary and musical – under scrutiny in the seminar range from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and its musical transformation into Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, via Romantic poetry and ‘Lied’ and modernist short stories by James Joyce and Virginia Woolf to Nick Hornby’s ‘pop-musical’ novel s22 High Fidelity.
Students should be in possession of their own copy of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (ideally the Arden or Oxford edition) and Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity. Further texts and music will be provided at the beginning of the course. Active participation in class is essential. There will be at least one musico-literary outing (Kiss Me Kate at the Komische Oper) in addition to the in-class sessions.