Collaborative Session of the Goethe Society of North America and the North
American Heine Society at the 2014 Annual Convention of the Modern Language
Association, Chicago, IL, January 2014.
This panel revisits the particular fascination of the German literary
imagination with national epic in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
How can the genre be said to reflect a community and how did Goethe, Heine,
and their contemporaries use the genre to reflect upon issues of community?
What sort of formal tensions (for instance, between the verse narrative and
the novel) were explored? What is the role of the genre within processes of
literary canonization? How do different discourses (historiographical,
anthropological, political, philosophical, literary) intersect in order to
constitute the national epic as an object of study, and how has the genre
transformed in the process?
Please email proposals (300 words) to Charlton Payne
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