The landscape of exile / The exile of landscape
Caio Yurgel (Pelotas, Brazil) has worked for several years in arts management before obtaining his B.A. in Philosophy and his M.A. in Literary Studies (both at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil). He also holds an Art Management and Culture PoliciesArts Management and Culture Policies degree from the Universiy of Girona (Spain). He is the recipient of the Mario Pedrosa Award (2010) for his research on Walter Benjamin, as well as three other awards for fiction. Most recently he has received a 6-month scholarship from the Wertewelten program at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Caio Yurgel is currently a doctoral candidate at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School at the Free University of Berlin. Art Management and Culture Policies Art Management and Culture Policies Art Management and Culture Policies
Under the signs of Exile and Landscape, the dissertation The landscape of exile // The exile of landscape (working title) seeks to research the oeuvre of four contemporary writers from a literary and philosophical point of view: the Portuguese-speaking Bernardo Carvalho and Carola Saavedra, and the German-speaking Judith Hermann and Ilija Trojanow. Although stemming from radically different backgrounds, the four writers share a philosophical mindset towards the world and the meaning of things, one that could be called an existential astonishment. Such astonishment pervades their writing methods and the worlds inhabited by their characters, mirroring a Barthesian ghost-like vision: “Un fantasme triste, ou du moins lourd. Se sentir étranger dans son pays, dans sa classe, dans sa caste, au sein des institutions dans lesquelles on est place”. Exile and Landscape would ultimately serve as departure points towards mapping out common traits between the geography of contemporary Brazilian literature and that of contemporary German literature – traits that for now remain hypothetical: existential, migrant, and post-colonial.