Anatomy of Melancholia: Lars von Trier and the Allegory of Depression
In samenwerking met de Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, UvA
In deze lezing analyseert de Amerikaanse literatuurwetenschapster en schrijfster Victoria Nelson Lars von Trier’s apocalyptische film Melancholia.
De voertaal van deze lezing is Engels.
This illustrated talk will explore how Lars von Trier’s apocalyptic epic of crushing depression and planetary destruction uses allegory—along with visual references both explicit and implicit to artists such as Brueghel, Dürer, and Cranach — to create a uniquely premodern universe of correspondences in which outside and inside, external reality and internal subjectivity, mirror and resonate against each other.
About the speaker
Victoria Nelson is a critic and fiction writer who teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Goddard College and the University of California, Berkeley Rhetoric department. She is the author of The Secret Life of Puppets and Gothicka (both published by Harvard University Press), two volumes of stories, a memoir, and other works. She lives in Berkeley, California.
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