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Threshold-Images between Life and Death in Western Literature and Film

Professor Günter Blamberger holds a Chair in German Philology at the University of Cologne and is Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Internationales Kolleg Morphomata) in Cologne. Since 1996 he has served as President of the International Kleist-Society, and editor of the Kleist-Yearbook. He was responsible for Kleist-Bicentenary in 2011. His biography on Heinrich von Kleist(Fischer, 2011) received an award as Germany’s best nonfiction-book of that year. It will be published by Chicago University Press in 2016.
Blamberger's main areas of research include German and European literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, moralistic philosophy, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies on creativity, contemporary German literature and film, figurations of melancholy, figurations of death. His recently published books are On Creativity, Ed. (Penguin Press, 2015), Sind alle Denker traurig? Ed. (Fink, 2015), Venus as Muse, Ed. (Brill/Rodopi, 2015), Auf schwankendem Grund. Dekadenz und Tod im Venedig der Moderne, Ed. (Fink, 2014), Figuring Death, Figuring Creativity: On the Power of Aesthetic Ideas (Fink, 2013),  Peter Esterházy, Ed. (Fink, 2013), Möglichkeitsdenken, Ed. (Fink, 2013), Ökonomie des Opfers. Literatur im Zeichen des Suizids, Ed. (Fink, 2013), Daniel Kehlmann, Ed. (Fink, 2012).



Thursday, February 25, 2016. 04:30PM


Pigott Hall (Bldg. 260), Room 252


Presented by the Departments of Comparative Studies, German Studies, and Iberian and Latin American Cultures.