The Northeast Modern Language Association, Cambridge, MA;

Date: March 31- March 02, 2005

Deadline for Abstracts: September 15, 2004


France and Germany have had close relationships of one kind or other through the centuries.  The various revolutions (1789, 1830, 1848), wars (1871, 1914, 1939), and the founding of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1950 brought the two nations in close contact, yet these relationships, whether in peace or in war, were mostly shaped by male thinkers and politicians.  However, women played a major role in translating and disseminating images of the other nation be it through fashion, travel logs, or cultural histories.  Indeed, the encounters of French and German women with the other nation have been many.  For example, the German born Elisabeth Charlotte of Orléans created the lasting image of the debauched French in her far-flung correspondences in the 17th century.  Conversely, Madame de Stael and Madame de Genlis used their exile in Germany to develop sophisticated criticism of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic period thereafter.  This panel seeks to explore the cultural, artistic, and political encounters of French and German women through the centuries.  The organizers invite papers exploring, either a period (French Revolution, Franco-Prussian War, etc.), a movement (Romanticism, Junges Deutschland) or a person (Marie Antoinette, Madame de Stael, etc.) under the aspect of a particular female gaze at the other.  Presentations may explore theories of nationhood, the cosmopolitan aspect of French fashion, and mutual influences in the visual arts, music, and the theater.  An investigation of personal contact between French and German women is particularly encouraged.  E-mail submissions preferred: [log in to unmask]. Snail mail to Karin Baumgartner, Department of German, Russian, and Japanese, University of Greensboro, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402

Karin Baumgartner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of German, Russian, and Japanese
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
341 McIver Building, PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
(336) 334-5427, Fax (336) 334-5885
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