Foto: Matthias Friel
This seminar will investigate the shifting experiences of time and temporalities from the aftermath of WWII to the present, with a particular emphasis on
* the period of postmodernism with its multiplicities of coexistent times;
* the emergence of postcolonial, feminist and queer temporalities;
* the increasing awareness of the precarious interrelatedness of human temporalities with the 'deep time' of the natural planet.
These and other issues will be explored with the help of a number of literary and theoretical articulations ranging from novels and novellas by writers like Martin Amis, Don DeLillo and Mahasweta Devi to diagnoses of the present by such theorists as Fredric Jameson, Dipesh Chakrabarty or Sarah Ahmed.
Please buy and read:
Siri Hustvedt, Memories of the Future
Caryl Churchill, Cloud Nine
Mahasweta Devi, Pterodactyl, Puran Sahay and Pirtha.
More material will be made available on Moodle.
3 PCs for regular attendance and a response paper (1500 words) to be submitted after the end of the teaching period.
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