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Maha El Hissy: Virgins as Theatrical Figures of the Political

Event Label
Lecture series Lektionen / Lessons
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Paintings Gallery
Location Address (1)
Schillerplatz 3
Location ZIP and/or City (1)
1010 Vienna
Location Room (1)
Anatomy Hall

In the post-secular age, the virgin continues to spark political fantasies. Metaphors of mending wounds, which pile up in times of political crisis, are imagined in analogy with the intact virginal body. The lecture aims to trace these political imaginations in theatre before and after the French Revolution, in the advent of modernity and modernization.

Lecture in German

Maha El Hissy is a freelance literary scholar, author, curator and critic based in Berlin. She has taught and researched modern German literature in Munich, Cairo, Berkeley, London and Berlin. Her current book project Der kopflose Staat. Jungfrauen und das Politische Imaginäre im Theater nach der Französischen Revolution focuses on the virginal female body in the theatre around 1800 and, based on this, traces the restorative politics and the phantasm of the return of the kings after the execution of Louis XVI.

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