[Events] Reading by Brigitte Burmeister tomorrow - Centre for Irish-German Studies - Part of 7th Masterclass for Postgraduate Students

Gisela.Holfter Gisela.Holfter at STAFFMAIL.ul.ie
Thu Nov 12 08:20:30 GMT 2009

The Centre for Irish-German Studies invites you to come to a reading by German author Brigitte Burmeister tomorrow, Friday 3-4pm in room A1053.


Brigitte Burmeister (b. 1940) studied Romance languages and literatures in Leipzig and following her doctorate obtained a position at the Institute for Romance Languages and Literatures at the Berlin Academy of Science. In 1983 she published a critical study of the French 'nouveau roman' and left the institute. Her first novel 'Anders oder vom Aufenthalt in der Fremde' (1987) was well received and understood as a Stasi novel. She has also made a name for herself as translater. She is recipient of the German critics prize (1994), was writer-in-residence at the University of Warwick and Poet-in-residence at Duisburg University.  

Her publications include

*	Freiheit, Gleichheit, Eigentum - zu einigen Problemen der Staats- und Gesellschaftstheorien in der französischen Aufklärung, Diss. Berlin 1973 
*	Streit um den Nouveau Roman - eine andere Literatur und ihre Leser, Berlin 1983 
*	Anders oder Vom Aufenthalt in der Fremde, Berlin 1987 
*	Das Angebot, Berlin 1990 (under the name Liv Morten) 
*	Wir haben ein Berührungstabu, Hamburg 1991 (with Margarete Mitscherlich) 
*	Unter dem Namen Norma, Stuttgart 1994 
*	Abendspaziergang, Berlin 1995 
*	Herbstfeste, Stuttgart 1995 
*	Pollok und die Attentäterin, Stuttgart 1999 


*	Pierre Bergounioux: Das rosa Haus, Berlin 1991 
*	Alain Corbin: Das Dorf der Kannibalen, Stuttgart 1992 
*	Alain Nadaud: Der andere Tod, Stuttgart 2000 
*	Alain Nadaud: Eisschmelze, Stuttgart 2003 
*	Bernard Vinot: Saint-Just, Stuttgart 1989 (übersetzt unter dem Namen Franziska Saalburg) 

In her novel Unter dem Namen Norma, praised as one of the best German language books of the 1990s and her most successful book to-date, Brigitte Burmeister suspends time in the summer of 1992. Snapshots with flashbacks: a Berlin block of flats in the middle of the city, already somewhat shabby; a first-person narrator, already somewhat battered, describes the changes in Germany through the focus of two long days: 'Four years ago, eternity collapsed; since then time has been unleashed and we wander like ghosts through old rooms and reassure ourselves that we are here, as if we knew where that is'. 'Memory thus becomes the archivist', says Burmeister, both of the emotions and of the sensuously tangible East German world of things, which has almost entirely disappeared. Ursula Escherig: "Die Erinnerung, ein Archivar" © Der Tagesspiegel, 31.08.1994 

The reading will be in German.


Brigitte Burmeister will also do a workshop for postgraduate students 5.45-6.45 pm in A1050. This is part of the 7th Masterclass for postgraduate students of the Centre for Irish-German Studies, organised this time as a joined event with the international postgraduate colloquium at Mary Immaculate College 'The Fall of the Berlin Wall Revisited' on Saturday 14.11.2009.


Admission Free

All Welcome


For more information contact Gisela Holfter, ext 2395.

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