Fiction and Reality. Exploring Positions in a Complex Relationship

Summer School Series 2008–2010 in Munich, Germany

Sonntag, 1. August – Sonntag, 15. August 2010

How does fiction relate to the "real world"? Does fiction have the power to interfere with life, and why and how do social institutions interfere with fiction? In which ways does fiction change our view of the world, and how does a changing world alter fiction? Is there a growing tendency to fictionalize the world, and how does it relate to the impulse to make fiction realistic? And which role do literary studies – and literary scholars – play in this dense and often tense web of relationships? Where is our position? We want to explore this complex relationship in detail in a series of three international Summer Schools hosted by the PhD programme "Literature" at Munich University. We will continue the series this year: Fictionalizing the World?

Historisches Kolleg, Kaulbachstr. 15, 80539 München