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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The second lecture in the series "Germany in Europe - 25 years after unification"

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Prof. Dr. habil. Jürgen Joachimsthaler - "Pain and Ecstasy. Bodily images in the literary discourse between East- and West-Germany"



In their literary works, West- and East-German authors often made use of physical pictures during the times of political separation, the “Turn” and the time since – this extends to erotic, cruel, desolate or euphoric love stories in which people from both parts come together (or not), illustrated through sometimes drastic metaphors from the physical field (The famous quote “Now what belongs together will grow together” is also influenced by that). I want to structure the research of the linguistic usage into two levels: 1. In which way does it fit with varying beliefs in West- and East-Germany regarding physics, sexuality etc. and 2. Which political and social experiences and realities are combined to a plausible (not necessarily right) picture?




Prof. Dr. Jürgen Joachimsthaler is chair for recent and newest German literature and theory of literature at the Philipps-University Marburg, as well as Adjunct Professor at the Dalhousie University (Halifax / Canada). His research focuses among other things on German and central European literature between the 18th and 21st century.


21.05.2015 (Thursday), 17:00h

Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies, Strażnicza 1-3, Wrocław

Lecture in German


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