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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]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. Snail mail to Karin Baumgartner,
Department of German, Russian, and Japanese, University of Greensboro,
PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402

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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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