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Dinner Speech - Eva von Contzen

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Material Desire and the Form of the List 

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Eva von Contzen
English Literature 
University of Freiburg 

Material Desire and the Form of the List
When Nov 08, 2017
from 05:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminar Room
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Literary texts often use the form of the list to depict economic concerns. In doing so, the texts draw on everyday practices of list-making, such as inventories, shopping lists, gift lists, and wish lists. Against the backdrop of such practical lists which manage our consumption and consumerism, I will focus on ‘economic’ lists in literary texts, in particular those that depict love as a quantifiable and manageable good that entangles the lovers in a web of (material) desires.