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A Note on Classes in the Winter Term 2020/21

A Note on Classes in the Winter Term 2020/21

Corona-Virus
Corona-Virus

 

Dear students, 

as we are still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, please note that we moved most of our courses online to keep you and us safe. Please check with the course descriptions as well as with the official course catalog for details. Office hours will take place via videochat on webex. Please contact us via email, if you have further questions regarding such organizational aspects. 

 

Nov. 23rd: Guest Lecture on "The Brownies' Book: Deconstructing Children's Literature as White Privilege"

Guest Lecture by Dr. Sirpa Salenius: "The Brownies' Book: Deconstructing Children's Literature as White Privilege"

 

We cordially invite to an online guest lecture by Prof. Sirpa Salenius (University of Eastern Finland). The lecture will take place via Webex on November 23rd at 2 p.m. Please contact Dr. Verena Laschinger for details. 

Announcement: Essay Prize 2020

Announcement: Essay Prize 2020

The professorships of American Literature and British Literature at the University of Erfurt announce the 2020 Essay Prize for scholarly papers in literatures in English. All students currently enrolled in B Ang 2012 and B Lit 2012 (with a specialization in anglophone literatures) are eligible to participate in this competition. We will consider seminar papers and BA thesis papers that were submitted in the course of the academic year 2019-20. The best paper will be selected in a blind review process by a committee of faculty members and the finalist will be awarded with a gift certificate of Buchhandlung Peterknecht.

Deadline:  Friday, 27 November 2020. 

Guidelines

New Article: "Rememorying Slavery: Intergenerational Memory and Trauma in Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987) and Conceição Evaristo’s Ponciá Vicêncio (2003)"

Out Now: New Article by Luana de Souza Sutter

Rememorying Slavery: Intergenerational Memory and Trauma in Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987) and Conceição Evaristo’s Ponciá Vicêncio (2003)

Abstract: This paper looks at parallels in the articulation of memory and trauma between Toni Morrison’s Beloved and the more recent publication Ponciá Vicêncio, written in 2003 by the Afro-Brazilian writer Conceição Evaristo. It examines the novels’ illustration of slavery trauma and the creative investment of descendants of slaves in re-presenting traumatic family history. With this concern, it proposes a comparative reading of Beloved and Ponciá Vicêncio, focusing, first, on their representations of the embodiment of trauma; second, on their respective concepts of rememory and memory-thoughts – or pensamentos-lembranças; and third, on the descendants’ engagement with the revision of narratives of family past, through the characters Denver and Ponciá

Article at Contemporary Women's Writing 11.3 (2019)

Online Lecture “(Too) Corrupted by Markets? The Future of Landscape Photography and Fiction" at SUNY, New Paltz

Online Lecture

“(Too) Corrupted by Markets? The Future of Landscape Photography and Fiction.” Invited Online Lecture by Verena Laschinger for Photography and Related Media I-III, SUNY New Paltz, USA, October 21, 2020.

Conference Talk: “Annotating Literary Texts on Conceptboard”

Online Conference Talk

On October 23, 2020, Verena Laschinger will give an talk on “Annotating Literary Texts on Conceptboard”  at ALIA LiLLT REN Online Symposium Taking Literature Online in Times of Crisis

 

 

New Book: Slavery and the Post-black Imagination

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Out Now: Slavery and the Post-black Imagination

New Publication: Ilka Saal and Bertram D. Ashe (eds.). Slavery and the Post-black Imagination. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2020.

From Kara Walker’s hellscape antebellum silhouettes to Paul Beatty’s bizarre twist on slavery in The Sellout and from Colson Whitehead’s literal Underground Railroad to Jordan Peele’s body-snatching Get Out, this volume offers commentary on contemporary artistic works that present, like musical deep cuts, some challenging “alternate takes” on American slavery. These artists deliberately confront and negotiate the psychic and representational legacies of slavery to imagine possibilities and change. The essays in this volume explore the conceptions of freedom and blackness that undergird these narratives, critically examining how artists growing up in the post–Civil Rights era have nuanced slavery in a way that is distinctly different from the first wave of neo-slave narratives that emerged from the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements.

Slavery and the Post-Black Imagination positions post-blackness as a productive category of analysis that brings into sharp focus recent developments in black cultural productions across various media. These ten essays investigate how millennial black cultural productions trouble long-held notions of blackness by challenging limiting scripts. They interrogate political as well as formal interventions into established discourses to demonstrate how explorations of black identities frequently go hand in hand with the purposeful refiguring of slavery’s prevailing tropes, narratives, and images.

 Publisher's Website

New Article: "Serendipitous Encounters with Texts: Errantry and Decentralization in Ana Maria Goncalves's Um Defeito de Cor (2006)"

Out Now: "Serendipitous Encounters with Texts: Errantry and Decentralization in Ana Maria Goncalves's Um Defeito de Cor (2006)"

Luana de Souza Sutter's article "Serendipitous Encounters with Texts: Errantry and Decentralization in Ana Maria Goncalves's Um Defeito de Cor (2006)" was just published in the latest issue of Brasiliana: Journal for Brazilian Studies Article 

New Article: "'Per si muove - it was a mass of moonstone’: Fluid Space, Dynamic Relations, and the Commodification of Storytelling in Harriet Prescott Spofford’s Arctic Writings.”

Out Now: "'Per si muove - it was a mass of moonstone’: Fluid Space, Dynamic Relations, and the Commodification of Storytelling in Harriet Prescott Spofford’s Arctic Writings.”

New Article by Verena Laschinger: "'Per si muove - it was a mass of moonstone’: Fluid Space, Dynamic Relations, and the Commodification of Storytelling in Harriet Prescott Spofford’s Arctic Writings.” Harriet Prescott Spofford. Ed. Stéphanie Durrans. Special Issue. Harriet Prescott Spofford: The Home, the Nation, and the Wilderness. The European Journal of American Studies 14.3 (29 Oct 2019). Full Text.

Keynote Lecture at Toulouse: "The Federal Theatre Project: Contexts and Issues"

Keynote Lecture at Toulouse: "The Federal Theatre Project: Contexts and Issues"

Ilka Saal gave a keynote address at the international conference "The Federal Theatre Project: Contexts and Issues" at the University of Toulouse, France on October 19, 2019.

New Article: “On Photography in the Anthropocene: Surface Views and Imagetexts by J. Henry Fair and Tom McCarthy”

Out Now: “On Photography in the Anthropocene: Surface Views and Imagetexts by J. Henry Fair and Tom McCarthy” 

New Publication by Verena Laschinger: “On Photography in the Anthropocene: Surface Views and Imagetexts by J. Henry Fair and Tom McCarthy.” Anglophone Literature and Culture in the Anthropocene. Eds. Gina Comos and Caroline Rosenthal. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019. 214-30.

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Universität Erfurt
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Nordhäuser Straße 63
99089 Erfurt

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Universität Erfurt
Amerikanistik PF 69
Postfach 900 221
99105 Erfurt