Eliza Carmina Peter

Representations of the Body in the Prose of M. Blecher (General and Comparative Literature)

Alumna FSGS

Email elizagp@zedat.fu-berlin.de

Carmina Peter was born in Codlea, Romania in 1978. Between 1998 and 2002 she studied German and English Literature in Sibiu (Hermannstadt), Romania. Upon acquiring her license degree (diploma de licenţă), she moved to Berlin in 2003, where she studied Comparative and English Literature as well as History at the Free University. She completed her M. A. studies in Berlin with a thesis on narrative identity in the prose writings of André Breton, Gellu Naum and M. Blecher. Carmina Peter is currently a doctoral candidate at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies.

My project examines the prose writings of the Jewish-Romanian author M. Blecher: “Adventures in Immediate Unreality” (1936), “Scarred hearts” (1938), “The Lighted Burrow” (published posthumously, 1971). Specifically, I focus on representations of the body in crisis which have a larger philosophical and aesthetic importance. In Blecher’s writing disease is purely physical, and as such it lays bare the contingency of the subject. The dialectics between physical immobility and visual excess stands at the core of Blecher’s aesthetic narrative. It is therefore also the starting point of my study, which has the further aim of setting M. Blecher within a European literary context from Proust and Gide to Sartre, from Breton to Michaux.