Coughing – Sounds and Signs
Coughing is an intersemiotic and intermedial dynamic sign. Given, that coughing can not only be understood as a physical symptom but also as an act of social communication, the seminar discusses sounds, signs, and the cultural contexts of this respiratory technique. It focuses on the acoustic sensation of coughing as well as a noisy rhetoric figure appearing in modern German literature, contemporary opera performances, and period dramas.
About the German Studies Seminar Series
The Newberry Library German Studies Seminar series provides a forum for scholarship-in-progress in the area of German studies. The seminar is particularly interested in papers that cross disciplinary boundaries and that reconceptualize the materials and conventions of German Studies as a field, including beyond the frames of the German language and nation state. Like all Newberry Scholarly Seminars, meetings are conversational and free and open to faculty, graduate students, and members of the public, who register in advance to request papers.