Upcoming Events

FRIDAY, OCT. 17

Davide Stimilli, associate professor of German and comparative literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder will give a lecture titled "The Size of Life: On Franz Kafka and Orson Welles"

4:00pm, Lawrence 115

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22

Peter Gontrum Lecture Series Presents:
Leslie Morris, Associate Professor of German at the University of Minnesota, will give a lecture titled "Reading German-Jewish Poetry, Tangentially"

3:30-5:30pm, Knight Library Browsing Room

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29

Professor Dr. Frauke Berndt, DAAD Guest Professor and Head of German Studies at Eberhardt Karls University of Tübingen will give a lecture titled "Beautiful Suffering: Friedrich Schiller and Contemporary German Photography"

5:00-6:30pm, Global Scholars Hall 117

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5

Professor Dr. Frauke Berndt's workshop and reception.

3:30-5:30pm, Friendly 109

MONDAY, NOV. 10

German author Martin Jankowski will read exerpts from his "Wenderoman" Rabet, a novel about life and events around the time of the German unification.

6:00pm, McKenzie 240A

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12

Robert Mottram presents: "Summoning the Phantasmic: Vampirism in Novalis's 'Hymnen an die Nacht' and Nietzsche"

This presentation takes as its departure point the valences of the figure of the vampire in a stage direction in Part II of Goethe’s Faust, in Nietzsche’s corpus, and in Novalis’s Hymnen an die Nacht in order to uncover a text at work in the Hymnen that, in foregrounding the materiality of language, disrupts its narrativization of a Romantic religion. Part deconstructive reading of the Hymnen and part examination of the relationship of Novalis to Nietzsche, my exploration of textual materiality demonstrates how the Romantic ideal of an organic language that “originates like flowers” relies on the resurrection of dead matter: language as writing. This perversion constitutive of the rhetoric of organicism is literally punctuated in the Hymnen, in which a suggestive couplet pairs absolute fulfillment with absolute vacuity: “Zu suchen haben wir nichts mehr – / Das Herz ist satt – die Welt ist leer.” A syntactic puzzle, the dash separating and linking the two halves of the second verse functions according to Derrida’s “logic of the hymen,” in which a mechanism that feigns identity between two incommensurables pits corporality against textual machinery. My argument is that Novalis’s emphasis on both the body and the materiality of the text forms the poles of an inexorable tension that disrupts the more general narrative levels of the Hymnen in their explication of a Romantic religion. This allies him with Nietzsche, whose anti-Classical sensibility toward corporality (“Wir lernen den Ekel um!”) simultaneously forms the terms of critique waged on Novalis and the haunting by that same figure to which Nietzsche is relentlessly subjected.

3:30-5:00pm, Friendly 109

SATURDAY, NOV. 15

Film screening, lecture, discussion and community round table featuring German filmmaker Christian Petzold's 2012 film Barbara and guest speaker Professor Roger Cook from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Film screening to take place from 1 p.m. To 3 p.m., lecture to be held from 3 to 3:45 p.m. and Community Roundtable from 4 to 5 p.m. Open to the public. Refreshments provided.

1:00-5:00pm, Global Scholars Hall 117

MONDAY, NOV. 17

Guest Lecture by Professor Cornelius Partsch, Western Washington University, Bellingham on Good-Bye Lenin!

6:00pm, McKenzie 240A

FRIDAY, NOV. 21

Professor Kenneth Calhoon will give a work-in-progress lecture titled "About-Face: Erich Auerbach and the Physiognomy of Character"

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4:00pm, Villard 312

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3

Graduate Student Colloquium

3:30-5:00pm, Friendly 109


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