Encompassing the medieval tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, the desert-island novels of the Enlightenment, as well as the works of James Fenimore Cooper, Eugène Sue, Karl May and Robert Louis Stevenson and the bestsellers penned by B.Traven and J.R.R. Tolkien and their successors, the adventure story has staunchly maintained its position as one of literature's most popular and enduring genres. Clearly, the form still serves to assuage deep-seated feelings of yearning in today's readers.
In this series of lectures, four of the most significant authors of contemporary German fiction consider the nature of the genre.
The opening lecture will be given by Büchner Prize Winner Felicitas Hoppe. In her own idiosyncratic works, she has created new versions of medieval tales such as Hartmann von Aue's "Iwein" and the history of Joan of Arc. Based on the medieval aventiure and her own novels "Iwein Löwenritter“ (2011) and "Johanna" (2018; both published by S. Fischer), she will reflect on the contemporary relevance and popularity of the characteristic features of the genre - and take up the question of why girls seldom play leading roles in this type of story.
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Martin von Koppenfels, Institute of Comparative Literature, LMU
Organization: This lecture series was organized by the DFG-funded Research Unit on "The Philology of the Adventure Story" at LMU's Institute of Comparative Literature, in collaboration with the Literaturhaus München.
Registration and costs
The lectures will be streamed. Tickets cost 5 euros (plus 2 euros service charge) and are available via Reservix. For further details, see the following website: Literaturhaus München. All lectures will be given in German.