Sunday, 24 March 2013, 5:00-7:00 pm, UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall, Incubator Room, UNC-Chapel Hill
–TALK and DISCUSSION: “Volatile Masculinities in German and American Pop Literatures“, by Prof. MOLLY KNIGHT (Wake Forest University)
From the 1960s to the present day, one viewpoint has occupied the center of the Pop movement and controlled Pop texts’ portrayals of cultural upheaval and disillusionment: the disturbed and damaged young man who ultimately enacts violence on himself or others in the process of self-discovery. This presentation will examine the “angry young man” as protagonist in German and American Pop fiction of the 1990s, in particular the early works of Swiss author Christian Kracht and American author Bret Easton Ellis. While both Kracht and Ellis are typically associated with Pop’s emphasis on surface and superficiality, this lecture argues that in fact this surface is constructed as a means of containing a chaotic and potentially destructive emotional force, which becomes a pervasive metaphor for contemporary masculinity, and thus the Pop novels in question systematically reinforce a pessimistic notion of what it means to be a man – and indeed, a human being – in the late 20th century.
MOLLY KNIGHT is Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Wake Forest University. She is in the process of re-working her dissertation, Sympathy for the Devil: Volatile Masculinities in Recent German and American Literatures, as a monograph. Her teaching and research interests include 20th and 21st century German literature and film, gender studies, and horror film and fiction from the 18th century to the present day.
For more information see: www.unc.edu/ncgs
Monday, 4 March, 6 p.m., Bate 3008
–FILM: “Barbara” (2012), dir. by Christian Petzold, with subtitles.
Germany’s official submission for an Oscar this year, and an “impeccably crafted Cold War thriller” (see flyer and website).
Info: Prof. Jones.
Wednesday, 6 March, 4-6 p.m., Cynthia Lounge (Mendenhall Student Center)
–GERMAN CLUB. Please come join us for German Club in Mendenhall’s Cynthia Lounge:
(Cynthia Lounge is the glassed-in area in Mendenhall on the right side at the main entrance)
Friends of our program and students of all levels are welcome! Info: Prof. Jensen.
Saturday, 9 March, 10 a.m. – Noon, New Rivers West Auditorium
–TALK: “Future of the Euro”, by Dr. Randall Parker, Department of Economics, ECU
How did the 2008 global recession contribute to the development of the euro crisis?
The health of the euro affects and is affected by the state of the global economy.
How can European Union leaders prevent the collapse of the common currency?
Part of ECU’s Great Decisions Lecture and Discussion Series.
Sponsored by The World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina and East Carolina University.
Open to the public. Full-time ECU students, staff and faculty may attend free of charge. Group rates are available upon request.
For more information see the Great Decisions webpage or call (252) 328-5520.
We hope you can join us this week for these exciting events. With best wishes, Prof. Smith (email@example.com)