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Tanja Dückers

Tanja Dückers

The Max Kade Distiguished Visiting Professor for the spring term of 2013 will be Tanja Dückers, novelist, poet, and journalist for major German newspapers. The title of the seminar that she will offer is:

"Berlin in Literature": Berlin is a very special city. Famous for its provokingly liberal cultural life in the 1920s, its difficult and sad role as the capital of the Third Reich, its division and consequential continuance as a double-, twin-, and frontier-city during the Cold War, its predominant role in the movements of 1968, and its new glamor after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the city has a many-faceted identity. In the first decades of the 20th century — and now again — it has been very attractive for authors to live in and to write about. This course will focus on novels, short stories, and other forms of literature (including recent poetry and blogs like Spreeblick) that deal with Berlin. We will read earlier texts like Zille's Hurengespräche and excerpts from Hans Fallada, Erich Kästner, and Alfred Döblin (Berlin Alexanderplatz); examples of contemporary Berlin literature, such as Judith Herrmann's famous short stories Sommerhaus, später, Norman Ohler's wild novel, Mitte, Katrin Askan's dark East Berlin book, Aus dem Schneider, Annett Gröschner's observations on Berlin's oddities, Parzelle Paradies, Katja Lange-Müller's anti-glam-novel, Böse Schafe, and, in contrast, André Kubiczek's Die Guten und die Bösen on Berlin's new glamorous elite. We will also discuss texts from Berlin's large Turkish community (e.g. Hilai Sezgin's Kreuzberg novel, Mihriban pfeift auf Gott, and Yadé Kara's Selam Berlin) and dive into Russian-German writings on Berlin. Literary films and radio plays will be part of the course. Taught at a time to be arranged in German. Open to all classes. Dist: LIT. WCult: W. Note: Because the content of German 82 differs with each year's offering, German 82 can be taken more than once.

Last Updated: 6/7/13