Dinsdag 27 februari 2024 om 20.00 uur
Prof. Dr. em. Vivian Liska - Universiteit Antwerpen

Lezing in het Engels.
Lezing in lokaal R.012, Rodestraat 14, 2000 Antwerpen.

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Situated at the crossroads of theology, politics, history, and philosophy, messianism plays a crucial role in early 20th-century German-Jewish thought. While the importance of messianic thinking among philosophers from Hermann Cohen to Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem and Franz Rosenzweig is widely acknowledged, ideas of redemption in German-Jewish literature are both underexplored and challenging to pinpoint. This difficulty arises mainly because messianic themes and motifs are subtly woven into literary works and do not crystallize into any doctrine or ideology. However, examples from the writings of three major German-speaking Jewish authors from the last century—Franz Kafka, Else Lasker-Schüler, and Paul Celan—reveal a striking correspondence between messianism and modernism. In their literary creations, this affinity is marked by a keen awareness of incompleteness accompanied by a profound sense of potentiality that expands the boundaries of the established order, affirms the quotidian and the concrete, and focuses on the care for the common world.

Vivian Liska is Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies and Professor em. of German Literature at the University of Antwerp. She is also Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of the Humanities at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She has published extensively on literary theory, German modernism, and German-Jewish authors and thinkers. In 2012 she was awarded the Cross of Honor for Sciences and the Arts from the Republic of Austria. She is the (co-)editor of numerous books, including the two-volume ICLA publication Modernism, which was awarded the Book Prize of the Modernist Studies Association in 2008. She is the editor of the book series “Perspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts” (Berlin, De Gruyter). Her recent books include When Kafka Says We: Uncommon Communities in German-Jewish Literature (Indiana University Press, 2009), Fremde Gemeinschaft: Deutsch-jüdische Literatur der Moderne (2011), and German-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife: A Tenuous Legacy (Indiana University Press, 2017; translated into German in 2021 and into Hebrew in 2023).