The deadline for this panel is fast approaching. Please submit proposals by September 30, 2021.
Best, Mary Helen Dupree
UPDATED CFP: The German Novella: Dis/ability, Othering, and Embodiment
Northeast Modern Languages Association annual convention, Baltimore, MD, March 10-13, 2022
Panel Co-Chairs: Lorna McCarron (Georgetown University) and Mary Helen Dupree (Georgetown University)
Andreas Gailus has characterized the German novella as a “genre of crisis” that “thematize[s] the limits of (social, psychic, narrative) systems.” Such crises and ruptures are often figured through representations of othered bodies and tropes of dis/ability. For example, in Tieck’s Der Blonde Eckbert (1797) and Kleist’s Das Bettelweib von Locarno (1810), the appearance of an older woman with physical disabilities heralds an ambivalent encounter with fate and the uncanny. Later novellas such as Storm’s Der Schimmelreiter (1888) and Hauptmann’s Bahnwärter Thiel (1888) cast children with disabilities as passive, overdetermined figures that bear the brunt of the novella’s symbolic conflicts. In modernist novellas such as Kafka’s Die Verwandlung (1915), by contrast, the depiction of the other takes a different form, with othered figures assuming the role of narrator or protagonist. Furthermore, the experience of othering and/or dis/ability has also been linked to privileged, alternative modes of perception in the novella, e.g., in Hoffmann’s Des Vetters Eckfenster (1822) or Sharon Dodua Otoo’s Synchronicity (2015). Where disability studies seeks to explore the experiences of people with disability and probe social norms surrounding the body, literary scholarship has often focused on other genres. How can the genre of the novella be seen to challenge society’s understanding of and relationship to otherness and dis/ability?
We welcome papers that analyze diverse representations of embodiment and/or the experiences of people with disabilities in novellas in the German tradition from the late eighteenth century to the present. Particularly encouraged are contributions that consider the perspective(s) of disability studies, queer studies, intersectional feminism, medical humanities, and critical race theory. Please submit a 250-300 word proposal with a short bio to Lorna McCarron ([log in to unmask]) by September 30, 2021.
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