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Body Shaming: Obscenity, Materiality, and the Ontology of German Realist Literature

September 13, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Erica Weitzman (PhD, Comparative Literature, NYU, 2012) is Associate Professor of German at Northwestern University. She is the author of Irony’s Antics: Walser, Kafka, Roth, and the German Comic Tradition (Northwestern University Press, 2015) and co-editor of the volume Suspensionen. Über das Untote (Fink, 2015). Her most recent book, At the Limit of the Obscene: German Realism and the Disgrace of Matter (Northwestern University Press, 2021), examines the concept of obscenity as a question of representation, perception, ontology, and affect in the context of the history of German realism from Stifter to Kafka.

pencil sketch of a landscape by Adalbert Stifter

Location: Gilman 479