We are delighted to host Dr Aleksandra Vukotić, University of Belgrade (Faculty of Philology) for an Erasmus+ teaching visit between March 12th and 16th, 2018. She will give two transdisciplinary interactive seminars, in the domain of media, cultural, literary and film studies, with the overarching title ‘Whoever controls your eyeballs runs the world : A ‘Paranoid’ Reading of Media.’
Metafiction in Postmodern American Literature and Popular Culture
Tuesday, 13 March, 12.00-14.00 at room BG09B (Building 9)
In this session, Aleksandra will explore the reasons why metafiction became immensely popular in the 2nd half of the 20th century, especially in the 60s in the U.S. Through numerous examples from the U.S. fiction and popular culture (from ‘Pulp Fiction’ to the latest season of ‘Twin Peaks’) she will discuss why we cannot dismiss metafiction as ‘a thing of the past’ and why metafictional strategies still have the capacity to inspire us to think critically about today’s world.
The ever-present violence in the media and terrorism as a new world narrative
Friday 16th March, 10.00-12.00 at room CG09 (College building).
This seminar explores one of the most pressing issues of today’s world – the problem of ever-present violence in the media and terrorism as a new world narrative. It focuses on the feedback loop between media and violence, escalating in terrorist attacks (which would be ‘nothing without the media’ as Baudrillard explained), again as reflected in contemporary fiction and film. It also discusses the misuse and abuse of the power of media, inviting the audience to think about the possible ways out of this ‘vicious circle.’ The novelists and filmmakers who closely follow and explore media strategies in their works (only to subvert them) will surely be a fertile source of ideas and inspiration.
Aleksandra Vukotić is a lecturer at the English Department of the University of Belgrade. She holds a PhD in American literature, and she is currently preparing a manuscript which follows the development of historical consciousness in the novels of Don DeLillo. Aleksandra is also a freelance translator and member of the editorial board of the BELLS Journal published by the University of Belgrade. Her interests include, among other, contemporary American literature, cultural studies, selected problems of literary theory, literary and visual studies.