Call for Papers, Women in German Panel, MLA 2007, Chicago
New Women Writers in the "Berlin Republic"
The "Berlin Republic" has become the key concept of post-Cold War
Germany, symbolized by the move of the German government from Bonn to
Berlin. For some it signaled the beginning of normalization and a
Germany less burdened by its past. For others it signified the
opportunity to inquire into Germany’s relationship with its immigrants,
its young people and to nationalism. At the same time, the founding of
the new “Berlin Republic” exposed the challenges of modernization,
integration, and globablization while it unleashed great social,
economic, and political upheaval. Key debates exist which are shaping
the identity, politics and culture in Germany today.
Literature and film are rich sources for investigating the relationship
Germans have to the new Germany. This panel seeks to investigate how
post-Wende women writers explore the key debates which are shaping the
identity, politics and culture in Germany today. Possible authors to
consider are: Karen Duve, Jenny Erpenbeck, Carmen-Francesca Bancin,
Rumanja Zachariva, Maria Bodrozic, Renan Demirkan, Julia Franck, Julie
Zeh, Thea Dorn, Jana Hensel, or Alexa von Hennig-Lange.
The questions and issues in which we are interested include, but are
not limited to the following:
• How to categorize these new women writers?
• Identity of the (re)unified Germany/Berlin from a female perspective
• Definitions of "feminism", "post-feminism", "post-modern feminists"
and the tensions among these terms within the "Berlin Republic" context.
• Who are the writers related to Frauleinwunder, Popliteratur,
Ostalgie-Literatur, Frauenliteratur, and Chick Lit and what are they
accomplishing in their works?
• How do literature and film by women express the relationship Germans
have to the new Germany?
• How do new women writers reflect upon the German/German state
in their work?
• In what ways, if at all, is the minority writer experience of the new
"Berlin Republic" different?
• Women writers engaged in “Ostalgie” and its associated concept
• What are the discourses of post-1990 German women writers?
Please email a 250-500 word abstract including your contact information
to both panel organizers by March 15, 2007. Feel free to contact us
with any questions.
Denise M. Della Rossa, University of Notre Dame ([log in to unmask])
Corinna Kahnke, Indiana University ([log in to unmask])
Associate Instructor/PhD Candidate ABD
Department of Germanic Studies
Indiana University Bloomington
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