CFP: " Feminine Identity in German Baroque Literature "
GSA Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin September 29 - October 2, 2005
Feminine identity in German baroque literature is shaped by the
antithetical nature of a society struggling with the gruesome reality of
the Thirty Year War in contrast to the utopian fantasies of their
religious beliefs. Depictions of women in baroque literature have been
interpreted as mirrors of man’s aspiration to escape the horrors of
life. On one side, depictions of pious female martyrs offer the hope of
religious transcendence and reinforce the creed of memento mori. On the
other side, lascivious feminine objects of affection offer earthly
transcendence and a sexual carpe diem. Is there a feminine identity in
German baroque literature or do women simply serve as subservient mirrors
of desire? Are women defined antithetically with men, or do gender
roles morph in literary depictions? Do the images of women in German
baroque literature contrast images of women in modern German literature?
What can we learn from the depiction of women in German baroque literature
about women and society in general?
This panel welcomes papers that discuss the concept of feminine identity
and various depictions of feminine identity in German baroque literature.
Please submit your 250 word abstract to Karina Marie Ash at
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The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor: Meghan McKinstry
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
Info available at: http://www.missouri.edu/~graswww/resources/gerlistserv.html