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''You Seen the Godfather?' The Sopranos and the Postmodern Gangster' and 'You Just Complicate the Narrative: Computer Games as 'Erzahlspiele (Narrative Games)''

26th March 2014, 17:30 to 19:00, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, George Potts (UCL) and Julian Reidy (Eth, Zurich)

An Inventions of the Text seminar.

Dr Julian Reidy is a post-doctoral resaearcher at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences at ETH, Zurich, or more specifically, at the Thomas Mann archive. In September, Julian will be a one-term visiting professor at the University of Geneva. Julian’s interests cover intergenerational relationships in post 1945 German literature, the semantics of ‚Barbarism‘ from the 18th century to the present, Bernward Vesper, and of course Thomas Mann. Julian is the author of two monographsForget[ting] What Parents Are: A Re-reading and Literary History of 'Vaeterliteratur', andReconstruction and Postheroism: Paradigms of Generational Novels in Contemporary German Literature. He is currently working on his habilitation thesis which will deal with Interiors and the semantics of space in Thomas Mann. Julian has published widely on Thomas Mann, Bernward Vesper, and generational/family novels. He also contributed two articles to the forthcoming Thomas-Mann-Handbook. Today’s paper, ‘Narrative Games’ is a speculative taster of a forthcoming article.
George Potts is a PhD candidate at University College London, researching the relationship between the writings of John Milton and Geoffrey Hill supervised by Prof. Philip Horne, and funded by a Wolfson Scholarship He has a strong secondary interest in film and television, is currently running a series of seminars at UCL on contemporary TV drama and is in the early stages of editing a collection of essays on national identity in contemporary TV drama.

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