2004 SAMLA Convention
12-14 November 2004
Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA

Session Title:  "Figures of Desire in 19th and 20th Century German
Cultural History"

Proposed Session Topic:  Literary characters and/or rhetorical figures taken to
embody/express some facet of desire in relation to larger forces,
trends, or movements in 19th and 20th century German cultural history

Program Chair 2004:     Dr. Kelly S. Meyer

Program Secretary 2004: Dr. Karen Eng


This panel invites papers on "figures of desire" as they appear in
German cultural history over the course of the last two centuries.
Possible topics might include (though certainly are not limited to)
analyses of literary characters and/or rhetorical figures taken in
some sense to embody desire.  Presentations should offer reflections
on the source, nature, and object of desire within a given
text/theoretical framework, as well as their relationship to larger
movements, trends, or forces characteristic of the 19th and/or 20th
Century in German-speaking countries (e.g.: Romanticism and Romantic
longing; industrialization, proletarian revolution, and dreams of a
better, even utopian, future; the rise of a German middle class,
Biedermeier/Victorian moralism, and the drive to consume; German
women's movements/nineteenth- and twentieth-century feminism(s);
homoeroticism and culture; the beginnings of modern consumption;
German imperialism, colonial aspirations, and wars for European
hegemony; post-war influence of the United States and American
consumerism, etc.).

Submission Deadline:            Please submit a 300-word abstract to
Kelly Meyer by 31
March 2004.

Address:                                Dr. Kelly S. Meyer
                                Dept. of Foreign Languages,
Literatures, and Cultures
                                Washington College
                                300 Washington Avenue
                                Chestertown, MD 21620
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