This one-day workshop aims to probe whether the label and concept of a ‘minor literature’ (Deleuze/Guattari, 1975) can be usefully applied to contemporary writing by female Jewish authors in Germany and Austria. The workshop will explore what the term ‘minor’ could mean and contribute when discussing a broad range of contemporary authors and their aesthetics and writing practices, images of the self/the other inside and outside of their works, forms of community building, and their relationship with the broader literary field (i.e. the literary market).
This event includes a reading by Mirna Funk. The award-winning German-Jewish author will read from her novel “Winternähe” (2015). The novel was awarded the “Uwe Johnson prize” for emerging writers and nominated for the “aspekte literature prize”, the “Klaus Michael Kühne prize” and the “Ulla Hahn prize” for “best debut novel”. Mirna Funk, who is also known for her high-profile journalism on themes related to cultures of remembrance and Jewish culture in contemporary Germany, will read in German. The discussion will be conducted in German and English.
The event is supported by the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW).
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