Carol L. Bernstein

Professorin für Englisch und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, Bryn Mawr College (USA)

Aufenthalt am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
Juni und Juli 2012

Forschungsthema am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Kulturelle Erinnerung, Trauma, Performance«

During the past few years, a major part of my research has focused upon the relations between cultural memory and performance, especially as memory is treated in different forms of dance (in national traditions, in the historical experiences of groups that are represented in the work of individual choreographers) and in films. Thus the work of the Cambodian National Dance Theater, consigned to oblivion by the Khmer Rouge, was revived shortly after the latter’s defeat by the combined memories of members of the troupe. Dances related to the experience of African Americans, choreographed by Bill T. Jones and Ralph Lemon, convey their memories and histories. In film, Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima Mon Amour represents, enacts and conveys memories of World War II in both Occupied France and Hiroshima. I have written about these works in two essays. One in the Journal of Research Practice (an online journal), seeks to provide a theoretical frame for relating dance and memory. The second, »Performing Cultural Memory,« has been translated into Spanish and published in La Balsa de la Medusa (Madrid). rnrnWith a focus upon other performances in dance and film, I plan to return to unresolved questions and new issues: speaking or writing what is unsaid in dance, or making a narrative out of unresolved and unspoken traumas; appropriating the historical experience of a group into a necessarily different contemporary context; in a contrary way, or as an aesthetic counterpoint, appropriating or assuming the experiences of others (one’s predecessors in a group) as one’s own. (Carol L. Bernstein)

Carol Bernstein folgt einer Einladung von Rainer Forst (Professor für Politische Theorie an der Goethe-Universität und Sprecher des Exzellenzclusters »Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen« an der Goethe-Universität). Ihr Aufenthalt wird gefördert von der Alfons und Gertrud Kassel-Stiftung.

Wissenschaftliches Profil von Carol L. Bernstein

Romantische und viktorianische Literatur, Literaturtheorie, Walter Benjamin, kulturelle Erinnerung

Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl):
  1. »Escenifar la memoria cultural« (engl.:»Performing Cultural Memory«), in: La Balsa de la Medusa (Madrid), 3 (2) (2010), S. 49-64.rnrnrn
  2. »Beyond the Archive: Cultural Memory in Dance and Theater«, in: Journal of Research Practice, Bd. 3, 2 (2007). rnrnrn
  3. »Semprun and the Experience of Radical Evil«, in: Pragmatism, critique, judgment – essays for Richard J. Bernstein, herausgegeben von Seyla Benhabib und Nancy Fraser; Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 2004. rnrnrn
  4. The Celebration of Scandal: Toward the Sublime in Victorian Urban Fiction. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press 1991.rnrn
  5. Precarious Enchantment: A Reading of Meredith's Poetry. Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press 1979.