GERMAN 701 - Textual and Visual Interpretations
Fall 2019, Section 002 - Literature after 1945
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures


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In this seminar on literature and visual arts after 1945, we will pursue two topics: the intersection of the textual and visual and the question of genre. Literature after WWII and the Holocaust was obsessed with the immediate past, with seeing and representing what was no longer there. This obsesssion accounts for the strong visual quality of literary texts and the authors' experimentation with visual modes of representation such as description and ekphrasis. We will explore this aspect starting with the ruin literature at the end of the war. We will then move to the problematic of the literary representation of the camps and camp photographs, combining literary texts with the theoretical literature (from Adorno to Didier-Huberman). The second topic concerns genre. More precisely, we will explore the question of the modern (historical) epic in the wake of the Nazi empire. Here we will read Moretti's essay on the modern epic together with (excerpts from) epic postwar novels. Authors will include Wolfgang Koeppen, Erich Nossack, Uwe Johnson, Ingeborg Bachmann, Barbara Honigmann, Peter Weiss, Christa Wolf, W. G. Sebald, and Elfriede Jelinek. In this context we will also touch on the question of historical painting, focusing on Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer.

Course Requirements:

Attentive reading/looking and a term paper of 15 pages


GERMAN 701 - Textual and Visual Interpretations
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
M 5:00PM - 8:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
Th 3:00PM - 6:00PM

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