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>From:         Heide <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CfP: AVANTGARDE in AUSTRIA (Aston, Birmingham,18 March 2005)
>
>As part of a lecture series on Avantgarde Art (Dec 2004 - June
>2005), organised by the Centre for the Study of Literature and
>Society (Aston University, Birmingham), a one-day symposium on the
>topic
>
>"What is an avant-garde? An Austrian approach"
>
>will take place at ASTON UNIVERSITY on March 18th, 2005.
>
>
>Keynote speakers will include:
>
>Wolfgang Mueller-Funk (University of Vienna, Austria)
>Klaus Kastberger (University of Vienna, Austria)
>Ruediger Goerner (Queen Mary College, London)
>
>Reading by Friedrich Achleitner, author and member of the Austrian
>avantgarde movement, the Wiener Gruppe
>
>This symposium aims to investigate literary responses to Austria's
>past from the 1940s onwards, focusing on what has been called a
>"synchronicity" of an avant-garde and a post-avant-garde movement in
>Austria. This phenomenon of a twofold movement is due to the
>specific socio-historical conditions to be found in pre- and
>post-war Austria. It has not yet been fully discussed how these
>conditions have generally fostered a somewhat "blurry" image of an
>Austrian avant-garde, as opposed to the distinctly identifiable
>French avant-garde of the 1930s. The symposium endeavours to
>contribute to the discussion on whether to categorize Austrian
>writing of the 1950s and 60s as either "avant-garde", "neo-realist",
>or chiefly politically motivated.
>
>Papers are invited on:
>
>- Different definitions of "avant-garde" literature, especially
>socio-critical approaches to the topic
>- Austrian history of the 20th century and its implications for
>modern Austrian literature
>-  Political and aesthetic resistance by means of words/language
>- Literature and ideology
>- The 18th century Austrian tradition of the "Volkskomödie"/
>"Volkstheater" (Nestroy a.o.) and its influence on 20th century
>literature
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>Deadline for the one-page abstract: January 15th, 2005
>Please email  your abstract or any further requests to Heide
>Kunzelmann ([log in to unmask]).
>
>--
>Heide Kunzelmann, MA
>Austrian Lektorin
>Languages and Social Sciences
>Aston University
>Aston Triangle NW801
>Birmingham
>B4 7ET
>
>email: [log in to unmask]
>
>office hours:
>Wednesday 10 - 12 am

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