Giving Life to Objects

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Giving Life to Objects – The New Literature Museum in Vienna and the Question of ‘Austrian National Literature’

  • Thu 18 Oct 2018
  • 6:00PM

Museums and exhibitions are experiencing a boom all over the world, probably in response to the apparent end of the analogue age and the associated revaluation and auratization of the original. Cultural artefacts are linked to changing attributions of historical and contemporary identities: this can be shown particularly well in regard to Austrian literature. After all, the decision of what should or may be considered Austrian is closely linked to Austrian literature.
The designation of carriers of cultural heritage to a national heritage, to a European, or to a globally available globalized cultural asset, is more virulent today than ever before. This point is also relevant in regard to a major national Literature Museum.


Speaker: Bernhard Fetz (Director, Literary Archives, Austrian National Library)

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