Call for Papers
2006 German Studies Association Convention
Pittsburgh, PA, September 28-October 1
Deadline for submission of abstracts: Wednesday, February 8th
Panel: Revising the Text of German Modernism
Irving Howe crystallized the avant-garde status of modernism by identifying
a "devotion to discomfort" at the heart of its most prominent works.
Difficulty became the mark of true aesthetic value. Have we grown too
comfortable, though, with a definition that limits our perception of the
modernist era by excluding an extraordinary range of its works? This panel
seeks to create a critical sense of "discomfort" by challenging our
understanding of the German-language texts from the modernist period.
Potential papers might:
- interpret German-language modernism as a response to psychoanalysis and
the discourse of gender/sexuality;
- consider the material culture of "high" modernism and/or authorship;
- assert the political agency of modernist texts;
- reconsider formal experimentation as modernist trope;
- question the genres, canons, and concept(s) of "high" modernism;
- re-imagine the relationship between popular culture and the modernist
- assert a German-language modernism in contrast to English-language
- contest claims about modernism as a belated vision of romanticism or a
precursor to postmodernism.
Panel subject to approval by GSA program committee.
Please send a succinct abstract (ca. 300 words) and a one-paragraph bio to
both organizers by February 8:
Sarah Painitz ([log in to unmask])
Joshua Kavaloski ([log in to unmask])
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