Gleich zwei Samuel-Fischer-Gastprofessoren gibt es am Peter Szondi-Institut im Sommersemester 2011.
Daniel Kehlmann und Adam Thirlwell werden ein Seminar zum Thema "Kollektive Autorschaft - Tentative Experiment to Form a Literary Collective" anbieten.
The Project of these seminars - Tentative Experiment to Form a Literary Collective - will be to both analyse and try to establish the conditions for collectivity in literature. For after all: collectivity in art and cinema is normal: like Marcel Duchamp's artworks as instructions, or Hans-Ulrich Obrist's Do It project, or the Dogme group. Whereas in literature, the collective is more paradoxical. And is maybe, also, impossible. Maybe the collective reveals the limits of the literary:
that is the question of this collectively taught, multilingual series. And so these Collectivity Seminars will analyse the various ways in which literature becomes collective: in the group activities of the Surrealists and Dadaists; the plagiarism of Lautréamont; the translations of Baudelaire; adaptations like Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz; the rewritten screenplay of The Big Sleep, where Howard Hawks took over from William Faulkner and Raymond Chandler: yes, via group magazines, and editors - the editing process of a giant novel, like Moby Dick, or the editing of a short novel like The Great Gatsby; and jointly written journals. But the aim will also be to try to make the Seminars an experiment in collectivity: which will mean inviting guests from film, literature, and art; as well as the students devising a collective experiment together - producing a magazine, perhaps, or setting up a pop-up store, or broadcasting as radio. Or doing all three together. These
seminars will be a collective way of redesigning the solitary activity of literature.