Two guest lectures on literature in museums

ILOS and the research project TRAUM - Transforming Author Museums is holding two open lectures on the challenges of exhibiting literature in museums, by literary scholars who are also museum professionals.

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Heike Gfrereis (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach): “Fontane/Hölderlin: From an Easy to a Difficult Author”

How can you exhibit an easy author without being boring, and how can you exhibit a serious author without being hermetic? The problem will on the one hand be sketched out in connection with an actual exhibition ("fontane200/author", until 30 December 2019 in the Museum Neuruppin), on the other hand discussed through the project for an experimental Hölderlin exhibition in 2020.

Prof. Dr. Heike Gfrereis, Director of the Museums of the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach since 2001, and Honorary Professor at the University of Stuttgart since 2013.

Helmut Neundlinger (Donau-Universität Krems): “Present in Absence, Absent in Presence: How W. H. Auden tried to be a
guest in his own house.”

W. H. Auden’s house in Kirchstetten/Austria builds up a triadic constellation between the person, his work and his life. He found it by a series of coincidence, reenacted it poetically through a huge cycle of 12 poems dedicated to each single room, and eventually used it as a working retreat. In my lecture I want to discuss Auden’s “Poetology of Housing” and its effects on our transformation of the Auden Memorial. 

Helmut Neundlinger lives as a literary scholar, writer and musician in Vienna. He works as scientific staff at the Center for Museum Collections Management, Donau-Universität Krems and is responsible for the literary collection of the County of Lower Austria.

Tags: literary museums, English literature, German literature
Published June 9, 2019 10:34 PM - Last modified June 9, 2019 10:34 PM