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(AKAD14) Owen & Slim – the Black Bonny & Clyde

An awkward tinder date, a police control getting out of hand, police harassment, a black couple on the run, contemporary racism in the U.S. An overzealous cop shoots Queen in the chest, instantly killing her. Devastated, Slim picks up her corpse and carries her toward the cops, leading them to gun him down as well. News of the tragic end to the manhunt is publicized everywhere, and the couple's real names are made public. Hundreds of civilians attend their funerals and view them as martyrs and heroes.

A historical step back: The U.S. in the 1930s.  In the middle of the Great Depression, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker of Texas turn from pulling small-time heists to robbing banks. Their exploits also become more violent. „We rob banks“, they say, thus making what seems to be an anti-capitalist statement in times when bank loans mean the ruin of many a farmer, especially in the American West. There are different film versions, perhaps the best known one is the one starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty.

In the course we will compare Owen & Slim and Bonny & Clyde against the comtemporary historical background.

Further light is thrown on the important times oft he 1930s by various short sories, i.e. St. V. Benét, The Devil and Daniel Webster (1936); William Saroyan, The Third Day after Christmas (1926); Ernest Hemingway, The Battler (1925); Ernest Hemingway, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place (1933). Those will be provided by the Akademie für Weiterbildung in a reader.

Dozent:       Dr. Diethelm Knauf

Zeit:             Donnerstag, 14:00 s.t. - 15:30 Uhr

Veranstaltungsart:   Online-Seminarreihe


Nicole Lehmkuhl
Maike Truschinski
Jaroslaw Wasik

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