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851-0315-01L  Writing: Precision of Language as a Field of Research for Literature

SemesterSpring Semester 2016
LecturersF. Kretzen
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractWhen we write a literary text we enter into a set-up for experiments and explore the possibilities ensuing from the specific structure and consistency of such a text. Literary writing allows us to go over to another kind of knowledge. Thus, the question: what is it that I want to write about? is replaced by: what do I write?
ObjectiveIn this course we shall analyze and apply conditions and criteria for literary writing on the basis of our own texts.
The course is intended for persons who are interested in literary approaches to exactitude.
Any attempt to write literature is confronted with an unforeseeable linguistic dynamism whose feasibility is determined by laws and rules quite different from those of science and technology. For the science-oriented writer, experiencing the self-evidence produced by literary approaches in his or her own writing project opens up a field of language with new content and new methods.
ContentIn the natural sciences as well as in engineering we set up experiments, analyze equation systems, and formulate theories. In order to complement these practices, the course «Writing» shall pursue precision in literary writing, its choice of word and its self-evidence.

When we write a literary text we also enter into a set-up for experiments and explore the possibilities ensuing from the specific structure and overall consistency of such a text. This form of writing takes us from the question: what is it that I want to write about? to the question: what do I write?
How do such literary approaches differ from the ways in which the natural sciences use language?
In this course we shall analyze and apply conditions and criteria for literary writing on the basis of our own texts.
The course is intended for persons who are interested in literary approaches to exactitude.
Any attempt to write literature is confronted with an unforeseeable linguistic dynamism whose feasibility is determined by laws and rules quite different from those of science and technology. For the science-oriented writer, experiencing the self-evidence produced by literary approaches in his or her own writing project opens up a field of language with new content and new methods.
Prerequisites / NoticeZur Anmeldung für den Kurs soll ein selbstverfasster zwei- bis dreiseitiger Text eingereicht werden, der in der Veranstaltung diskutiert werden wird. Dabei kann es sich um einen bereits vorhandenen Text handeln, etwa einen Essay aus der Schulzeit oder einen Beitrag für eine Studierendenzeitschrift. Anschliessend werden die Teilnehmenden einen Text nach gegebenem Thema schreiben, der uns erlauben wird, die Vielfalt der Durchführungen einer gegebenen Aufgabe zu diskutieren.