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Apologetic Academics or Making a Case for Neutrality? – Another ‘Blackface’ Issue

Here is my summary of Richard Burt’s 2006 essay on the use of ‘blackface’ in the film Stage Beauty. In the first two chapters of his 5 chapter-article “Backstage Pass(ing): Stage Beauty, Othello and the Makeup of Race”, Richard Burt … Continue reading

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Should Past ‘White-Centric’ Misrepresentations of Blackness Be Erased from Academic Discourse? (A Summary)

Or do they serve the purpose of showing us what we do not want to repeat?   SHOCKING? Wrong? Here is one perspective: Peter Holland, professor of Shakespeare Studies, and Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Notre … Continue reading

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“Nur glückliche Orangen in der Saftpresse”

Präsenz am Beispiel von OK Kids „Gute Menschen“ Der Begriff der Präsenz nach Gumbrecht Literaturwissenschaftler und Universitätsprofessor an der Standford University, Hans-Ulrich Gumbrecht, entwickelte in den 1990ern ein Forschungsgebiet, welches sich mit den Wirkungen der Materialität von Texten auseinandersetzt, wodurch … Continue reading

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Reclaiming Stereotypes

The phenomenon of stereotyping in the media is covered vastly in academic research. The term “stereotype” can be defined as “[…] a fixed, over generalized belief about a particular group or class of people.” (Cardwell 1996). In social psychology, the … Continue reading

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Post-Agreement Irish Literature (A lecture by Dr. Heidemann-Malreddy)

Dr. Birte Heidemann-Malreddy is a post-doctoral researcher at the Bremen University. Her lecture introduces the audience to post-agreement Northern-Irish literature which represents Northern Ireland’s anxiety and confinement fears in post-agreement Northern Ireland and “forges a new literary paradigm” (Heidemann-Malreddy: 2016). … Continue reading

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Telling It As It Is, Mr. President? The Issue of Donald Trump’s Supposed ‘Word Salad’

Successful communication asserts a common sense when it comes to social interaction. This is especially crucial in the face of the power relation between politicians and their followers. It is a common skill of politicians to be able to properly … Continue reading

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Dr. Ian Watson: First World War Poetry

I saw this lecture in 2014. Dr. Ian Watson is an independent scholar and poet who spent many years teaching at the Bremen University as senior lecturer. His lecture covers first world war poetry from Ireland, which is a topic he … Continue reading

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