Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium (First Floor)
The lecture will be followed by a reception in front of the Lindsay Young Auditorium in Hodges Library.
Dr. Erika Berroth, Associate Professor of German
Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX
Looking Daring – Daring to Look: Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s Journeys of Discovery
Born to enormous wealth and privilege in Switzerland, Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908-1942) made a name for herself as a creative writer, travel journalist, and photographer. Her portraits represent her as an androgynous style icon. A professional border crosser, she not only challenged her contemporaries to face a woman travelling to and reporting from rather unknown parts of the world. She also revealed much of her own inner landscapes in her literary work and identified openly as a lesbian with relationships across the gender spectrum. Being queer was accepted in her family, but opposing her parents’ political views was the origin of severe tensions. She was an anti-Fascist and sought out public intellectuals like Erika and Klaus Mann as her family of choice. She died at 34. Retrospectives, exhibits, symposia, and new editions of some of her works marked the 100th anniversary of her birth and increased awareness of Schwarzenbach’s accomplishments, at times foregrounding her fascinating biography over her remarkable body of work. The lecture asks how Schwarzenbach’s work, especially as a journalist and photographer in America during the depression, connects to today’s audiences interested in representations of race, class, gender, social and environmental justice issues, mental health, or kinships of humans and other forms of life as part of place-based identity formations.