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Grundvorlesung IV: Twentieth Century and Beyond
Studienorientierung mit der ZSB • Anglistik
Termin & Ort
14.05.2024 12:00 - 14:00 (Merken)
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This lecture offers a survey over major forms and strategies of twentieth-century literature, including anglophone writing from postcolonial contexts, with a special focus on the question of what literature is – or can be – in a period which has been described as “the age of extremes”. In this age – marked by world wars, genocides, colonial crimes, mass migration, mechanical reproduction and ideological confrontation – the project of literature has often come under questioning and pressure. As a result, writers have had to rethink the possibilities and prospects of their work while trying (in T.S. Eliot’s words) to make the modern world possible for art. What traditions can they draw on and what models use? How can literary form sustain their efforts? And what language is available to address such concerns?