The seminar "Chinatowns and Little Indias" invites all interested students to an EXPERT LAB with Gisela Ecker. Based on the short story "Mrs. Sen's" from Jhumpa Lahiri's short story collection "Interpreter of Maladies" (2000), we will ask how things and food produce "locality" in contexts of de- ...

Venedig sei die unwahrscheinlichste der Städte, lesen wir in Thomas Manns berühmter Künstlernovelle Der Tod in Venedig (1912) eine Behauptung, die nach wie vor mit nicht allzu großem Widerspruch zu rechnen hat. Denn in der Tat: Die Serenissima ist eine städtebauliche Kuriosität sondergleichen, ihre Entstehung in den Fluten des adriatischen Meeres präsentiert sich dem gesunden menschlichen Verstand als irritierende Aberration. Vor allem deswegen fasziniert uns die Lagunenstadt, vor allem deswegen ist sie wie wohl kaum eine andere über die Jahrhunderte hinweg bereist, beschrieben, gemalt, fotografiert und auf Film gebannt worden.

The Researcher in Residence is a format designed as an opportunity for students and staff alike to form connections with internationally renowned researchers. The idea is to go beyond the usual types of classes and to be able to get up close and personal with the researcher both on the topic(s) of their research but also their experience in academia in their field and their country. We are excited to launch this project this semester and look forward to many more Researchers in Residence in the future. Kicking us off as our first guest is Kristin Mahoney.

While the topic of work is well established in cultural studies (e.g. Lillge), literary studies has been more resistant to explorations of one of life’s dominant realities. With our workshop, we wish to address this research lacuna and explore the representation of feminised forms of work in contemporary literature.

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The changing media environment of the English Restoration brought forth a sizeable increase in various forms of literary culture, including the birth of large-scale periodical publishing and the ready availability of the letter. Contrary to the widely held consensus that the letter promoted reliability, recent scholarship has stressed the form’s deconstructive potential, allowing both readers and writers to reflect on the mediated nature of writing and the tenuous relationship between sign and reality.