Germanic Languages | Writerly Texts, Do-able: Kafka, Broch, Grass, Handke
G577 | 2634 | Professor Ingeborg Hoesterey
G577 Writerly Texts, Do-able: Kafka, Broch, Grass, Handke (3 cr.)
TR, BH 664
“The writerly text is ourselves writing” (R. Barthes).
Intertextuality and cultural dialogism along with indeterminacy,
ambiguity and gaps may challenge the reader to become a producer of
the (literary) text rather than its consumer (assuming that the act
of reading is not wiped out by an all-consuming information age).
What, then, is the “Differenzqualitaet” of the aesthetic product that
makes it the Other of infotainment and the priorities of a
progressively homogenized high-tech society? Wired as we are, we
will look at selected 20th-century German-language prose–two novels
and several shorter pieces–and determine whether the poetic dimension
of texts can still energize us to reflect productively upon the human
condition and to engage in a project of “life-writing” that
converts “Lust und Literatur” into political currency.
Franz Kafka, Der Prozess Fischer Tb
Guenther Grass, Die Blechtrommel Luchterhand Tb (selected chapters)
Christa Wolf, Kein Ort. Nirgends Luchterhand Tb
Peter Handke, Versuch ueber die Jukebox Suhrkamp
Custom-made reader with excerpted texts: Hermann Broch, “Zerfall der
Werte” essays from Die Schalfwandler; the “Essayismus” chapter in
Robert Musil’s MoE, and selections from Handke’s Versuch ueber die
Work load to be negotiated communally.