Forms of Life In German Modernism

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 4:30pm-6:00pm, 206 Dartmouth Hall
Lecture given by Andreas Gailus is an Associate Professor of German at the University of Michigan
The literary writings of the young Gottfried Benn are replete with images of anatomical dismemberment and biological decay, while simultaneously pushing the limits of linguistic expression. The talk suggests that this confluence of naturalism and avantgarde experimentation is the result of Benn’s critical engagement with the modern life sciences, and in particular with contemporary discourses of medicine and psychology. The talk focuses on Benn’s so called Rönne-novellas, written between 1912 and 1916, arguing that they record and enact the disintegration of body and subjectivity through a medical discourse that gives way to an experimental prose freed from the constraints of reference and meaning.

Sponsored by the Department of German Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature and the Leslie Center for the Humanities.

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