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>Subject: CfP: The Body in German Realism -
>The Body in German Realism - NEMLA Montreal 2010
>Contributions invited for a seminar session at the NEMLA in Montreal 2010.
>developments during the 19th century center around the human body.
>Photography, hysteria, pathology, evolution, colonialism, secular
>magic, spiritualism, statistics, criminology and the archiving of human
>data develop or significantly change during the era. While research on
>the discourse concerning the body has over the last three decades
>explored for Victorian literature and the respective national
>Romanticisms, German Realism has so far been largely disregarded in the
>discussion. Yet the epoch suggests itself for an exploration of the
>body due to the development of science and technology that sets out to
>display, map, measure, dissect, interpret, and treat the body. The
>development ultimately leads to the development of psychoanalysis, as
>well as the discussion of gender and sexuality later on. Apart from the
>obvious thematic impact of cultural practices, the texts of the time
>also display formal characteristics that can be linked to the changing
>perspective of self-perception. The "Koerper/body" makes an appearance
>as "Textkoerper/body of the text".
>This seminar seeks to explore the
>intersection of literature and science in order to gain insight into
>the discourse on the body, and to provide an approach for a poetics of
>the body in the 19th century. Papers may include a discussion of
>canonical authors: Buechner establishes the medical discourse in
>"Woyzeck", Raabe's "Abu Telfan" refers to colonialism, his "Der Lar"
>engages with photography and Darwinian theories, Stifter widely
>reflects on the involvement of the body in technical production and
>preservation, and Gotthelf discusses the body as battleground for good
>and evil-- to name only a few examples. Yet also texts by lesser
>researched authors such as Wilhelm Jensen or even Josephine
>Mutzenbacher bear value in a discussion of the shifting paradigm and
>papers on their perspective on the body are equally welcome.
>Proposals of no more than 250 words should be sent electronically by
>September 30th 2009 to Christiane Arndt ([log in to unmask])
>Please include with your abstract: Name and Affiliation, Email
>address, Postal address, Telephone number.
>Information about the convention can be found here: www.nemla.org.
>Dr. Christiane Arndt
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