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Lecture: 'It's not just horror and black: Anke Feuchtenberger's Comics'

Event Details

April 19, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Herter Hall

Room: 301

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Konstanze Schiller

Trained in former East Germany, it was only after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 that graphic novelist Anke Feuchtenberger embraced the comics medium, a form virtually non-existent for adult audiences in the GDR. A striking feature of Feuchtenberger’s sequential art is its expressionist visual rhetoric. It recalls the aesthetics of early German modernism, emulating the aesthetic of the woodcut print, the claustrophobic and angular space of German expressionist cinema, and the deformed bodies and elongated appendages of artists such as Otto Dix and Georg Grosz. Interestingly, however, this visual language predates her artistic production by more than seven decades. This talk investigates how Feuchtenberger came to adopt an early German expressionist style in her comics seventy years after the peak of this artistic movement.

Elizabeth (Biz) Nijdam, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, focuses on German comics after 1989, tracing East German artistic traditions into the post-unification comics of PGH Glühende Zukunft-members Anke Feuchtenberger and Henning Wagenbreth. She has also worked extensively on using comics in the classroom.

Sponsored by the programs in German and Scandinavian Studies and East Asian Languages & Cultures