Klaiber, Isabell, Akad. RƤtin Dr.
Too Many Cooks? Collaborative Fiction in the US
Zeit: Do 08-10
Ort: Neuphilologicum, 306
Beginn: 27.10.2016
In 2007, the makers of the collaborative wiki novel ā€¯A Million Penguinsā€¯ raised the following questions: ā€¯Can a collective create a believable fictional voice? How does a plot find any sort of coherent trajectory when different people have a different idea about how a story should endā€”or even begin? And, perhaps most importantly, can writers really leave their egos at the door?ā€¯ While a wiki novel is a rather specific format of collaborative narrative fiction writing, the questions raised here are indeed to different degrees applicable to all formats of collaborative narrative fiction writing. In this seminar we are going to explore various formats of collaborative narrative fiction. These will range from the so-called round-robin novel with clearly identifiable individual contributions and where each author picks up the narrative thread where his/her predecessor(s) left it off, to teamwork writing, where in hindsight not even the authors can tell who wrote what, all the way to online writing projects with new possibilities such as multi-linearity. Among others, we will also tackle the questions mentioned above. Often the co-authors struggle hard to include their own ideas for the story and, at the same time, give unity to the plot and charactersā€”with more or less success. In order to fully understand the challenges, weaknesses and merits of these texts, we will venture into narratology, including the more recent findings of cognitive narratology, discuss concepts of authorship and consider the relevant literary and generic conventions from the late 19th century to the present.
Required readings:
Please purchase the following books (please note that it may take quite some time to get hold of some of them):
H. Porter Abbott. The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative. 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780521715157
Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner. The Gilded Age. (preferably: The Modern Library. ISBN: 978-0812973563)
William Dean Howells, et al. The Whole Family. (e.g. Echo Library. ISBN-13: 978-1406838039)
Carl Hiassen, et al. Naked Came the Manatee. Ballantine Books. ISBN: 978-0449001240
A seminar reader iwth further texts will be made available at the beginning of the semester.
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