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Postcards from the Avant-Garde: Else Lasker-Schueler and Franz Marc in Correspondence

Thursday, February 16, 2017
5:30 p.m.
Gamble Room, 3rd Floor, Rush Rhees Library

A lecture by Liliane Weissberg
Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences and Professor of German & Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania

In the early twentieth century, the postcard exemplified modernity. Many writers and artists chose postcards to bring their work and thoughts into circulation. The present talk will focus on the German poet Else Lasker-Schüler (1869-1945) and the painter Franz Marc (1880-1916), who chose to correspond via such cards. It will demonstrate how traces of this medium entered their respective literary and artistic oeuvres. 

Sponsored by the German Studies Program and the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures