Lecture by Senior Fellow Dr Rüdiger Singer: Eichendorff meets Avantgarde: Collage/Montage in Nora Krug's Adaptation of „Der Jäger Abschied“.
Symposium „Collage/Montage in Art and Literature from the 1960s to Now“
Date:22.02.2023 bis 24.02.2023
Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena
Contact:Dr Rüdiger Singer
Nora Krug's graphic memoir Heimat (2018), about the confrontation of a “war granddaughter” who emigrated to the United States with her German identity and her family's role in National Socialism, became an international success and prominent research subject; her graphic adaptation of Eichendorff's poem “Der Jäger Abschied,” published in 2013, on the other hand, went almost unnoticed. I will show that she precedes the graphic memoir in many respects, but is even more decisively and programmatically influenced by the principle of collage/montage and focuses on an aspect that is overlaid by autobiographical aspects in Heimat: the continued effect of Romantic ideologems in the visual culture of Germany between the German Empire and National Socialism. To make this continuity visible, Krug - according to my thesis - invokes procedures and motifs of avant-garde collage and brings them into a dialogue with digital collage/montage.