Collinson Lecture 2016

Ulrike Draesner, ‘Uncanny journeys: how stories travel across generations’

Wednesday 11 May 4pm, Rendall Building SR3

When ghosts talk and the uncanny is voiced in a transgenerational frame – what does this mean for our writing and reading of “the historical novel“? What contemporary forms and formats could it take in a world of (seemingly) ubiquitous availability of documents and facts?

ULRIKE 2Author Ulrike Draesner’s talk will draw on examples from contemporary English and German literature in order to explore the hybrid latitudes where language comes to an end but silence has not yet settled in. Her talk will draw on texts such as Ali Smith, How to be Both, Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending, Ian McEwan, Atonement and the historical writings of Irene Kacandes, Daddy’s War and Nicholas Stargardt, The German War as well as Draesner’s own 2014 novel, Sieben Sprünge vom Rand der Welt [Seven Leaps from the Edge of the World].


Ulrike Draesner
 (b. in 1962) is a multi-award-winning poet, a writer of novels and short stories, an essayist and a translator of French and Anglo-American poetry. She is a Visiting Fellow at New College, Oxford for the academic year 2015-16 and is working on a creative experiment exploring bilingualism and border-crossing. The talk will be given in English, and everyone is welcome!

You can visit Ulrike’s website here.

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