CFP: Weimar Exotica (M/MLA, 7-9 Nov 2003, Chicago)
Abstracts sought for a panel that will add new dimensions to the scholarly
inquiry into the texts, artists, and movements that generated the
complicated array of representations of the exotic, which formed a
cornerstone of high art and popular culture during the Weimar Republic.
Having lagged far behind European rivals in nineteenth-century territorial
conquest and surrendered the Wilhelmine dream of Weltgeltung along with its
African, Asian, and Pacific footholds in defeat in 1918/1919, Germany
offered cultural producers a comparative dearth of direct colonial contact
with Other cultures in the 1920s and early 1930s. This stoked an often
compensatory drive to explore dark, far-flung territories in film, graphic
arts, literature, journalism, and even music.
Selected papers will shed light on previously unexamined texts or offer
fresh perspectives on well known works, addressing such questions as: What
specific national or racial marks does Weimar cultural production ascribe
to different exotic places and people? Are constructions of the exotic
Other always monolithic? If not, what interests are at play in the shades
of differentiation that distinguish exotic figures? What were the
conditions and ramifications of direct contact? What degrees of mediation
persisted even in those moments of contact? Is the Other always a menace?
Can the representation or experience of the exotic ever be disarticulated
from the colonial impulse to control and exploit?
The general aim is to unite papers that showcase a diversity of analytical
approaches and cultural objects in a discussion that moves beyond
oversimplified dichotomies of self and other to a more nuanced
consideration of the specific social functions of exotica during this rich
Abstracts (350-500 words) by 20 March 2003 to Theodore Rippey, German,
Russian & East Asian Languages, Bowling Green State University, Bowling
Green, OH, 43403-0219, [log in to unmask] (electronic submission
preferred-send files as MS Word email attachments). Panel subject to
approval by convention organizers. Participants must become members of
M/MLA by 1 June 2003.
Theodore F Rippey, PhD
Assistant Professor of German
Director, BGSU Salzburg Summer Program
Dept of German, Russian & E Asian Languages
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0219 USA
+1 (419) 372 7137 http://personal.bgsu.edu/~theodor