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>CFP for German Studies Association, September 28-October 1, 2006
>to be held in Pittsburgh, PA
>
>Deadline for submissions: January 30
>
>Panel: “Imagining Pre-Wende Generations in Post-Wende Film and Literature”
>
>This panel aims to explore the function that has 
>been assigned to the pre-Wende
>generation in the making of a youth-oriented post-wall culture in Germanophone
>cinematic and literary texts after 1990.
>
>We invite papers that examine a possible shift 
>(in terms of style, form, genre,
>or theme) marked by historical and political 
>events since 1989, particularly in
>the ways that relationships and conflicts between the younger and older
>generation are dealt with in cinematic and literary narratives, as well as how
>this shift may best be approached and described.
>
>We welcome papers that explore the following or related questions:
>
>• How are conflicts between the pre- and post-wall generations negotiated in
>texts after 1990? Is there any direct confrontation (as, for instance, in _Die
>fetten Jahre sind vorbei_/_The Edukators_, _Gegen die Wand_/_Head On_ and in
>_Lola rennt_) or rapprochement (as, for instance, in _Das Leben ist eine
>Baustelle_ and _Good Bye Lenin_)? What attitudes 
>towards the parental generation
>is expressed in the manner in which these confrontations are conveyed? What
>possible political agendas are at work?
>
>• Can we speak of a deliberate fading, 
>distancing, or silencing of the parents'
>and grandparents' generations in certain narratives? If so, what are the
>implications of this silencing? Or do these narratives instead highlight this
>silencing and thereby criticize it? Is positive self-perception and success
>premised on the symbolic death of the father/mother and his/her generation?
>
>• Who actually shapes the new image of the post-Wende generation in these
>texts—the authors, producers, the media, or 
>audience reception? In what ways are
>members of pre-Wende generations implicated in 
>the making of the ‘new post-wall
>Germans’ and in the othering of seemingly outdated ideals?
>
>• How are gender roles envisioned in post-Wende narratives? Is it true that an
>all-pervasive anti-feminist backlash exists, and 
>that this backlash has led to a
>regression into previous feminine stereotypes? Or is this view instead an
>expression of nostalgia for a better and presumably more creative and
>progressive politics of gender representation in 
>the past? Is the insistence on
>the view that the configuration of gender in most of the post-wall texts is
>regressive and represents a drastic backlash 
>also an expression of our desire to
>actually fix the question of gender in earlier 
>stages of feminist discourse and
>failure to ask if this backlash is in any way productive?
>
>• Is the crisis of masculinity that has been a 
>central theme of post-wall films
>related to the question of generation?
>
>• Where has the notion of resistance gone and how can we theorize its
>disappearance? Cinematic and literary trends 
>tend to be motivated by opposition
>to, and positioned as reactions against, some previous trend. Following this
>pattern, the self-perception of German post-wall 
>film culture has arguably been
>consolidated through the othering of the New German Cinema, i.e. the German
>Autorenfilm’s opposition to German society and politics, as well as the quest
>for alternative images. However, films made 
>during the first decade of re-united
>Germany rarely address dissent directly on the narrative level through the
>plotting of any serious, sustained altercations that are related to generation
>difference. Papers may therefore tackle 
>questions such as the following: Is the
>disappearance of opposition rooted in a rejection of the previous generation’s
>concern with repression? Are theories of ‘repression’ nevertheless useful to
>analyze this disappearance of opposition? What 
>other theories might better serve
>the purpose of understanding the avoidance of direct opposition?
>
>Please e-mail a succinct abstract (200-300 words) by January 30 to all three
>organizers:
>
>Elizabeth Bridges - [log in to unmask]
>Andrea Reimann - [log in to unmask]
>Susanne Rinner - [log in to unmask]

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