Call for Papers
Thirty-Third Annual Conference of the German Studies Association
October 8 - 11, 2009
"Identity, Mystery and the Uncanny. 18th and 19th Century German Gothic Horror Literature in Context"
Not long after Horace Walpole wrote the first Gothic horror novel, The Castle of Otranto in 1764, the German Gothic horror tradition emerged from the Ritter- und Räuberroman, Geheimbundroman, and other literary forms that featured séances, unexplained occurrences, mysterious apparitions and mistaken or ambiguous identity. German Gothic horror literature developed according to its own rules of aesthetic form and its own literary and philosophical contexts. By the end of the century, German tales of horror had become so popular on an international scale that British and American authors often included the ominous subtitle "A German Story" in order to draw readership.
The purpose of this panel is to examine Germany's role in the development of Gothic horror literature by addressing important themes, character types, narrative styles, and innovations that German authors brought to this genre in obscure works as well as more canonical works.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
* The sublime, sublime landscapes
* The uncanny
* Identity / the Doppelgänger
* Uncertainty and contingency
* Secret societies
* Fear, secrecy, hallucination
* Occult sciences and esotericism
* Gothic spaces
* Vampires, ghosts and the supernatural
Please send one-page abstracts by February 6, 2009 to:
Dr. Heide Crawford at [log in to unmask] and Dr. Rainer Godel at [log in to unmask]
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