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Spring 2018 - Craig Lecture - I Want to Be Alone
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 12:00pm
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War and Media, the Past and the Future in Vicky Baum's Grand HotelWar and Media, the Past and the Future in Vicky Baum's Grand HotelBernhard J. Dotzler, Spring 2018 Charlotte M. Craig Distinguished Visiting Professor

Garbo's most famous quote was “I want to be alone.” In 2005, the American Film Institute voted it the 30th most memorable movie quotation of all time. It is derived from the 1932 film Grand Hotel, in which the Garbo-character famously makes this statement. Starting from the respective scene, the lecture will compare Vicki Baum’s original novel from 1929 (Menschen im Hotel) with its 1932 adaptation as well as a newer German adaptation from 1959, scrutinizing how the novel and the films might be read as providing an “histology” of aloneness. The lecture focuses on the Great War as the novel’s traumatic past on the one hand and the telephone as the hotel’s pivotal communication device on the other.

Bernhard J. Dotzler, Professor (chair) of Media Studies, University of Regensburg. PhD, Humboldt University Berlin, 1995, Habilitation, TU Berlin, 2004. Bernhard Dotzler's research interests include literature and science as well as media and science, the history of computing, and the archeology of media. Author of Der Hochstapler: Thomas Mann und die Simulakren der Literatur (1991), Papiermaschinen: Versuch über Communication & Control in Literatur und Technik (1996), L'Inconnue de l'art: Über Medien-Kunst (2003), Diskurs und Medium: Zur Archäologie der Computerkultur (2006), Diskurs und Medium II: Das Argument der Literatur (2010), Diskurs und Medium III: Philologische Untersuchungen – Medien und Wissen in literaturgeschichtlichen Beispielen (2011), and Mediengeschichte als Historische Techno-Logie (2017).

The Craig professorship has been funded since 1998 by a generous annual gift from Dr. Charlotte M. Craig and Col. Robert B. Craig.

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