From: Katherine Arens <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: 2009 Modern Austrian Literature and Culture Association
Conference, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, April 23-26, 2009
The German-Austrian Encounter in Literature, Film and Cultural Discourse
Call for Papers
Austrians and Germans have always shared a special relationship due to their "common history". Although their lengthy process of political separation began two hundred years ago, that separation is not clear in cultural terms and has frequently been called into question. By exploring the changing portrayal of Germans in Austrian cultural discourse and of Austrians in German cultural discourse over the past two hundred years, we hope to cast a critical light on particulars of the often stereotype-laden relationship between the two countries and its impact on the (continuing) development of their respective identities. This theme lends itself to interdisciplinary approaches, including fields such as history, sociology, linguistics, political science, film studies and literary studies. What follows is just a small sample of topics that might be explored in individual papers, in no way intended to restrict or exclude.
*Goethe's Shadow on Austrian Literature
*The Reception of German Romanticism by Austrian Authors
*Topics surrounding the ambiguous relationships of the major Austrian political parties to Germany and German culture during the First Republic
*The (changing?) role of the Burgtheater as a locus of German drama, (e.g.
the "era Peymann")
*The Portrayal of German characters in works by Austrian Authors (such as Robert Musil, Karl Kraus, Heimito von Doderer, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Robert Schindel, Felix Mitterer, Marlene Streeruwitz, et al.)
*The implications of the development of an Austrian variety of German
*Austrian journals and anthologies as vehicles of cultural self-understanding (e.g. the journal Literatur und Kritik and the anthologies Aufforderung zum Mißtrauen , Österreich zum Beispiel  and Landvermessung )
*Austria's musical imperialism: Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms
*Germans and Austrians in each others' jokes, newspaper caricatures or cabarets.
*The role of National Socialism in the formation of Austrian identity
*Austrians in German films
Proposal deadline October 17, 2008
Please send 250 word abstracts (e-mail attachments) and a short paragraph on yourself to Maximilian Aue [log in to unmask] , entering "MALCA 2009 proposal" in your subject line. Conference languages are English and German.
Please Note: All conference participants have to be members of MALCA.
Subscription information available at the MALCA Website
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Katherine Arens (Professor) Office: EPS 3.128; Phone: (512)
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Dept of European Languages and Cultures
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