300 Summit St
Hartford, CT 06106
4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013
On Campus | Alumni
Location: Mather Hall Rittenberg Lounge
The lecture compares Kracauer's scattered urban miniatures from the inter-war period with those of Musil’s Posthumous Papers of a Living Author as distinct contributions to a mode of modernist feuilleton writing in the Baudelairean tradition. The modernist miniature emerged as an experimental literary space to test new metropolitan perceptions in the context of the breakdown of boundaries between the visual and verbal arts and the rise of new technological image media such as photography and film. Both authors are paradigmatic for this mode of writing in modernism in that they insist on the specificity of the literary over and against the ever widening circulation of visual media. Neither writer supplemented his texts with images, but both first published these short prose pieces in the feuilletons of metropolitan newspapers before collecting them into book format.Andreas Huyssen is the Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York. His books include After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture, Postmodernism (1986), Twilight Memories: Marking Time in a Culture of Amnesia (1995), Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory (2003), and the edited volume Other Cities, Other Worlds: Urban Imaginaries in a Globalizing World (2008).