Public Lecture: Gustav Frank on Literature and Periodicals

Gustav Frank, Professor of German Literature and Media Studies, gives an introduction into the field of periodical studies and asks about the complex interplays of literature and periodicals.

Periodicals and(?) Literature(s)

Literature comes in different shapes and sizes – and in the form of different media. The great importance of periodicals and illustrated magazines as media of literature has yet long been overlooked. The specific features of printed mass media – such as seriality and the interplay of text and image – have had great impact on literary genre development and also on preferences of readers. This is not least true with regard to the novel and its current perception as prototypical manifestation of literature. The public lecture on periodicals and literature accordingly sheds light on how they historically shaped and responded to each other. By introducing the field of periodical studies to a broader audience the lecture also shows why ‘literature’ does not simply equal ‘books’.

Invited guest lecturer Gustav Frank is Professor of German Literature and Media Studies at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, with research foci on Visual Culture, Periodical Studies, Narratology, and Synthetic Modernism (1920s-50s). His recent publications include the volumes Farewell to Visual Studies (2016, with James Elkins and Sunil Manghani) and Hans Fallada Handbuch (2019, with Stefan Scherer).

The lecture is jointly hosted by ILOS and the National Library’s research project “LitCit – Literary Citizens of the World”. The entrance is free of charge, all guests are welcome!

Tags: Literature, Periodical Studies, Illustrated Magazines, Media History, Book History, Visual Culture
Published Feb. 18, 2019 5:09 PM - Last modified Apr. 24, 2019 8:00 AM