Studied German language and literature, history, and philosophy at the universities of Tübingen, Münster, and Berlin. First State Examination (1. Staatsexamen) in 1971. Research assistant for the department of German Language and Literature at the Free University of Berlin. Completed doctorate in 1977. 1978–1995: following the second State Examination (2. Staatsexamen), tenured teacher (Studienrätin) and later director of studies at the Fichtenberg-Oberschule in Berlin-Steglitz. Completed habilitation in 1993. 1995–1997: temporary professorship at the Free University of Berlin. 1997–2004: University professor at the department of German Language and Literature at the Georg-August University of Göttingen. From October 1, 2004, until October 1, 2012 university professor at the Institute for German and Dutch Language and Literature at the Free University of Berlin.
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GRMN 6663 - Artists in 19C &20C Narratives
Between Illness and Genius: Artists in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Narratives
Writers, poets, musicians and painters, but also clowns and circus acrobats have been the protagonists of novellas since Romanticism. As brilliant individuals they are often simultaneously the chosen ones and the outsiders. They are torn between sacrificing themselves for art and the battle for an audience appreciative of their art. Self-doubt and social isolation, melancholy and delusions of grandeur, visions of renewal and redemption are associated with the character of the modern artist. The dimensions and the interpretations of this conflict between artist and society will be followed and analyzed in selected novellas from Romanticism to the present. At the same time, we will gain valuable insight into nineteenth and twentieth century literary history.
Required texts: Wackenroder/Tieck: Herzensergießungen eines kunstliebenden Klosterbruders (Reclam); Georg Büchner: Lenz.Studienausgabe mit Quellenanhang und Nachwort (Reclam); Franz Kafka: Ein Landarzt und andere Prosa (Reclam); Thomas Mann: Der Tod in Venedig und andere Erzählungen (Fischer Verlag). Literature