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World Literature from the clay tablet to the internet
8. Mai @ 19:00 - 21:00
Martin Puchner, Byron and Anita Wien Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Harvard University, in conversation with Eckart Goebel, Professor of German and Comparative Literature,
Stories are much more than entertainment — they shape our world. They have inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, sparked our understandings of basic political and philosophical concepts, and given rise to religious beliefs.
In this free talk, Martin Puchner, author of the bestseller The Written World (German: “Die Macht der Schrift. Wie Literatur die Geschichte der Menschheit formte”), will discuss how literature has influenced
the course of history with Eckart Goebel, a professor of German
and comparative literature at Universität Tübingen. Their discussion will focus on the intersection of storytelling and writing technologies, including the inventions of paper, parchment, print — and the internet. Along the way, they’ll investigate the four stages of literature, beginning with foundational epics and the proverbs of master teachers such as Buddha and Socrates and extending up to the rise of story collections and modern world literature.
Please register with the American Academy in Berlin by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org