Author Archives: Helena Juenger

Guest Lecture, Oct. 1: David Wellbery on Lessing’s Laokoon

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October 1, 2020, 4-6 pm The reading group Ekphrasis in conjunction with the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures is happy to announce the following guest lecture by Dr. David E. Wellbery (University of Chicago). David E. Wellbery will join the reading group on Thursday October 1st, 2020 from 4-6pm to discuss passages from Lessing’s Laokoon oder über die Grenzen der Mahlerey und Poesie (1766) with reference to the overarching theme of ekphrasis. Lessing’s Laokoon has outlived most of its contemporaries in 18th-century criticism and the reason for its abiding influence may well be that it gets to the core conceptual issues with incomparable clarity. Lessing’s Laokoon appears to be foremost an analysis of ekphrastic passages from Vergil in order to critique Horaz’ ut pictura poesis as well as Winckelmann’s idealization of Ancient sculptures and art. What strikes us nowadays about Laokoon is the self-referentiality envisioned in the use of ekphrasis as a critique of an approach intermingling between description/depiction in terms of spatiality and the temporality of narration. As if the critique as genre is to stand apart from aesthetic categories and, thus, would allow for a naïve use of ekphrasis; quite ironic to some extent. In addition, Lessing’s writing as ... Read More »

Willi Goetschel publishes new book on Canonization and Alterity coedited with Gilad Sharvit

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This volume explores the way various aspects of heresy – as difference, variation, and deviation – have come to function in Jewish history and tradition. The main argument of this volume is that heresy not only distinguishes, demarcates, and separates groups, but creates a social, political and religious dynamics that has proved to sustain rather than disrupt tradition... Read More »

Reaching out to our Undergraduates

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Wherever you may be in the fall – whether it’s here in Canada or your hometown in another country – we are looking forward to welcoming you back to the German Department... Read More »

Reaching out to our Undergraduates

town-sign-holidays-summer-vacations-germany-school

Wherever you may be in the fall – whether it’s here in Canada or your hometown in another country – we are looking forward to welcoming you back to the German Department... Read More »