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Here is a course I’d love to take…just wish I could read and speak German… so that I could figure out how to express, in words, what I seek to express with my paintings. 

„Stimmung“: Mood – Attunement – Atmosphere in Literature and Literary Criticism (AS.213.654) Monday 5:00 -7:00 The course title marks a problem of translation which already Leo Spitzer in his ―Prolegomena to an interpretation of the word  ̳Stimmung ̳ underscores: ―It is a fact that the German word Stimmung as such is untranslatable.‖ Mood, attunement, atmosphere are facets of an aesthetics of Stimmung as it developed in literature and philosophy from the 18th to the 20th century. Most recently, Stimmung has had a renaissance as a methodological term in a Literary Criticism which seeks to overcome the paradigm of post-structuralism. As David Wellbery has demonstrated, the linguistic usage of the word Stimmung comprises three aspects: a subjective mode of experience/perception, an atmospheric dimension and a communicative efficacy. It is along those lines that the course analyzes the poetics and aesthetics of Stimmung in German Literature and Thought from the 18th through the 20th century. Stimmung proves to be fertile ground for contagious forms of communication, specific modes of representation (i.e. coloring, nuance), and the dissolution of subject/object boundaries. Furthermore, we will discuss Stimmung as a term of Literary Criticism from the 20th century to the present. Readings will include: Kant, Schiller, Stifter, Fontane, Hofmannsthal, Hermann Bahr, Thomas Mann, Georg Simmel, Martin Heidegger, Leo Spitzer, Erich Auerbach, Gernot Böhme, Hans-Ulrich Gumbrecht. Readings and Discussion in German.

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      Sharon Kingston is a Northwest WA oil painter who uses the properties of her medium to create paintings that respond to both the atmosphere of her surroundings and poetry. This method of looking inward and outward and, in the moments of painting, finding her way on the canvas is her approach to creating paintings infused with poetry and the memory of landscape. The atmospheric element of her work is a testament to her desire to create spaces that are undefined, contemplative and allow room to reflect and accept uncertainty. Poetry, by nature open ended, is used both in the conceptualization of the work and as a part of the studio practice. The words of Rainer Rilke have informed Sharon’s work for many years, but she also turns to contemporary poetry when it resonates with her life. She uses layers of transparent color, reveals forms by concealing and unearthing pentimenti and suggests elements of landscape in her process.