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

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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 […]

Botticelli’s Secret

Gilman 50 Synopsis: Some 500 years ago, Sandro Botticelli, an Italian painter of humble origin, created work of unearthly beauty. An intimate associate of Florence’s unofficial rulers, the Medici, he was commissioned by a member of their family to execute a near-impossible project: to illustrate all 100 cantos of The Divine Comedy by the city’s greatest poet, […]