CFP: Revisiting the Moon (GSA, Denver, October 3-6, 2013)
The moon has long served in German literature and visual productions as a symbol for romantic longing, as a trope of madness, as contributing to depictions of the sublime, as the (female) counterpart of the (male) sun, and as lending familiar landscapes a sense of romance or eerie otherworldliness. This classic metaphor warrants reexamination in light of new paradigms, including the spatial turn, developments in queer and gender theory, ecocriticism, and minority literatures, among others. For this panel, we invite papers that critically examine literary and/or visual depictions of the moon both within and outside these paradigms. Papers may examine, but are not limited to, the following questions:
• How do productions prior to the first scientific images of the moon imagine its topography and other physical characteristics?
• How does the surface of the moon serve as a site of adventure, danger, invention, or even romance?
• In what ways is the moon perceived to influence bodies, for example through disease or menstruation?
• How have feminist readings of the moon in German texts, films, or performances resulted in new metaphors regarding gender and sexuality?
• What functions might the moon serve in literature or film during the Cold War and space race?
• How have minority cultures in Germany written the moon?
• What functions might the moon have in literature and/or film as we become increasingly aware of the environmental problems on our planet?
Papers from any time period and any critical approach are welcome.
Please submit a 250 word abstract to Sara Luly ([log in to unmask]) and Necia Chronister ([log in to unmask]) by February 11, 2013. Please indicate in your submission whether you have any audio-visual requirements.
Assistant Professor of German
Department of Modern Languages
Kansas State University
104 Eisenhower Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
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