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Lyrik im Lockdown and Tee mit Thema

18 June 2020

Lyrik im Lockdown and Tee mit Thema

Undaunted by the closure of the University buildings, the German Department kept up its programme of staff-student events in the Summer Term.

 Tee mit Thema, our established series of talks about the department’s activities beyond our degree programmes, went online on 6 May with Anna Havinga’s talk: ‘Intraindividual variation in 19th-century Austria: What can we learn from a maid’s private letters?’ This followed a session on ‘Behind the curtain: why we teach what we teach’, and a talk from Steffan Davies on ‘Exile(d) collections and collected exiles: Why research lost books?’ earlier in the year.

 We also met for ‘Lyrik im Lockdown’ on 30 April, a ‘bring your own poem’ hour in which we read favourite poems, and poetry that speaks to us specifically at present. For copyright reasons we can’t reproduce the texts here, but they ranged from the fun to the serious and from the seventeenth century to the present: Janosch, ‘Es war einmal ein Hahn’; Christian Morgenstern, ‘Der Werwolf’; Andreas Gryphius, ‘Betrachtung der Zeit’; Mascha Kaléko, ‘Rezept’; Ernst Jandl, ‘ottos mops’; Matthias Politycki, ‘Das Guinness-Gleichnis’.

 To be continued, in whatever forms are possible, in the new academic year!

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