Same as COLIT-GA 2610, CINE-GT 3056, PERF-GT 2016
Conducted in English
Taught by Eva Meyer
To accept a text at face value, to literally explore its gestures when it produces and refuses meaning, we need to reconsider that the words "theory" and "theater" share the same etymological root. From thea, "to see," the two converge in an act of spectatorship that itself needs to be reconsidered as being both contemplative and active, in a free and indirect way. Starting from Heinrich von Kleist’s seminal text "On the Gradual Production of Thoughts Whilst Speaking," this course embarks on a journey into free and indirect speech as a method of thinking, traversing literary and theoretical texts, and films. Questions addressed range from theatricality, translation and transference to heteroglossia and amalgamation waltz. We will analyze texts by Charlotte Salomon, Franz Kafka, Mikhail Bachtin, Gilles Deleuze, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Eric Rohmer,
Emily Apter, Homay King and discuss films directed by Danièle Huillet/Jean-Marie Straub, Claire Denis, John Cassavetes, Jean-Luc Godard/Anne-Marie Miéville, among others.