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Three German Scholars in Dialogue with Contemporary Utopian Perspectives. Trends in Literary and Cultural German Studies


How does a literary text stimulate our senses and cognition; how does it affect our preconscious resources, so that it becomes image before our eyes? What is “poetics of vagueness” which developed in Prague at the beginning of the past century? And how did it influence Kafka’s way of writing? How can literature help understanding why prejudice rises and persists? What is provocation and what has a writer such as Christian Kracht with “disruptive moments” to do? How does terminology of political correctness influence literature and research? How do Postcolonial Studies in German-speaking countries advance in the third millennium? What have Rilke, Freud, Musil with liminality, thresholds, breaking points and non-linearity to do? What happens, when we are reading about waiting? What expectations do we associate to situations of suspension, void and repetition? How can literature disclose new perspectives upon time and mental processes? Three eminent German scholars confront us with a broad spectrum of the cognitive, cultural, emotional and ideological shifts that have occurred in the last decades in Literary Criticism and Cultural Studies, thus providing a map of the situation of German Humanities and also considering that peculiar form of utopia that the university research represents.

CLAUS ZITTEL 28.02.2019, h. 11:30, room 113 – Via Festa del Perdono 7

MATTHIAS N. LORENZ 2.04.2019, h. 11:30, Sala Malliani - Via Festa del Perdono, 3

ANDREA ERWIG 7.05.2019, h. 11:30, aula 113 - Via Festa del Perdono 7

30 January 2019
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