Pearl Diving.Writing History After the Break of Tradition & The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Monday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.
“Pearl Diving. Writing History after the Break of Tradition”

Deutsches Haus at NYU and the Department of German at NYU present a lecture by Susanne Lüdemann, Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, on “Pearl Diving.”

“The Pearl Diver” is the title of the third part of Hannah Arendt’s essay on Walter Benjamin, published in 1968. In this essay, Arendt uses the metaphor of ‘pearl diving’ (derived from Shakespeare’s Tempest) to describe Benjamin’s method of collecting and (re)combining quotes. Also, she attests to him “the maybe not unique but extremely rare gift of thinking poetically.” In her talk, Lüdemann argues that Arendt’s description of Benjamin’s literary method is to a large extent also a description of her own method of writing history after what she calls the “break of tradition.” Both of them are concerned with uses of the past which in the first place are a working through language. The core question of Lüdemann’s talk is directed at ‘postmodern’ forms of transmission and inheritance.

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Deutsches Haus recommends
February 17 – March 11
“The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant” by Rainer Werner Fassbinder / directed by Benjamin Viertel

Enter the toxic estrogen fog of famous fashion designer Petra von Kant. Petra rules her atelier with an iron fist, until fresh faced Karin shows up seeking supermodel stardom. Falling into deep lust, Petra and Karin use and abuse one another under the watchful eye of Petra’s submissive assistant Marlene. Featuring an all-female cast, the thin line between passion and desperation is lethally blurred in this hot and heavy production.

Use the code “GERMAN” for 20% discount on all performances. You can buy the tickets here.

Performances run Off-Broadway at The New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher Street b/w Greenwich and Washington Streets.

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