Workshop for PhD students and interested parties with Lizzie Doron, Dürrenmatt Guest Professor for World Literature.
More than 100 billion nerve cells are working in service of our memory!
What do we do with them? What are they doing to us? Why are we so afraid of losing them?
Our Memory is the operating system of the human ability to survive. It is customary to say that we must remember what was, so that we can imagine what might be. Thus, in literature, as we all know, memory is one of the key tools. For me, all stories I tell are memory-based. They are not memories of pure truth, of course, but fragments of truth, interwoven with my imaginary world, my desires, doubts, dreams, and more. Memory is a mainstay in every one of my books.
In our meeting, I will share with you the role of memory in my work. And I will share with you a variety of my “memories”: constructive, exciting, or painful ones, alongside with the memories I longed to forget. All of these were milestones in my writing process.
We will also talk about “Memory Poetics”, memories as a common means of telling stories — your stories. You are invited to read one of my novels in the language of your choice. Discussion will be held in English.
Course reading (one reading of your choice required):
Warum bist du nicht vor dem Krieg gekommen?, Es war einmal eine Familie, Ruhige Zeiten, Der Anfang von etwas Schönem, Es war einmal eine Familie, Das Schweigen meiner Mutter, Who the Fuck is Kafka (German), Sweet Occupation (German).
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