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Subject: Stifter Event

Institute of Germanic Studies, London, 10th-12th December 2003
Organisers: Helena Ragg-Kirkby (University of Leeds)
and Martin Swales (UCL)
Adalbert Stifter has long been viewed as a natural heir to the Great Classical Tradition, as the propounder of order as both an aesthetic and a moral category. Yet even critics persuaded of this view very often detected troubling subtexts in his fiction. More recently, some commentators have seen him as an important precursor of modern writing (from Kafka to Thomas Bernhard and W G Sebald). In any event, his work has lost none of its power, by virtue of its extraordinary stylistic provocation, to challenge and unsettle the reader.
This symposium, held to celebrate Stifter's almost-200th birthday, will be the first Stifter event of note in England for nearly 20 years and, we hope, will contribute to a major re-evaluation of Stifter and his writing.
Colleagues in Britain and abroad are warmly invited to offer papers (in English or German) on Stifter in pre-modern, modern, and post-modern perspectives. Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible, but in any event no later than 31st March 2003 to: Dr Helena Ragg-Kirkby, Department of German, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, or by email (RTF attachments are fine) to [log in to unmask]