CFP: AATG Chicago 2004: "Fashion and Fiction"
Call for Papers for an
Open Topic Session
2004 AATG, Chicago, November 19-21, 2004
Fashion and Fiction: German Literature and the Representation of
Women, Clothing, and Culture
îFashionî is a word that lends itself
to many nuanced definitions. At its root is the idea of
creativity: one fashions a sculpture out of wood, for instance.
In its modern sense, the word denotes an ephemeral trend leaning more
toward mindless imitation than individual inventiveness. Beginning
with the eradication of the sartorial laws in the 18th century,
however, fashion in Germany has evolved into a mode, a way of being,
appearing, or expressing oneself, especially for middle-class
This panel will take a closer look at literary texts (18th, 19th, and
20th centuries) and/or films that map out womenís everyday
experiences with the practice of fashion. The papers may focus
on representations of fashion (in literature and film) as a complex
formative factor for feminine identity within the public sphere; the
papers may also examine the subtle ways in which fashion destabilizes
or substantiates notions of German national identity.
Please send inquiries and brief proposals (150-200 words) to
Meghan Barnes (University of South Carolina), [log in to unmask], or
Mila Ganeva (Miami University, Ohio), [log in to unmask]
by January 30, 2004.
The German Studies Call for Papers List
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Assistant Editor: Karen Eng
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