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>From: John Lyon <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: GOETHE IN AND THROUGH THE 19TH CENTURY (2006 GSA)
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>GOETHE IN AND THROUGH THE 19TH CENTURY
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>We invite submissions for a panel at the 2006 meeting of the German Studies
>Association in Pittsburgh, PA.
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>Traditionally Goethe is viewed as a dominant figure of the last part of the
>18th Century, which he also helped to define. This panel, by contrast, will
>approach his impact through a variety of discourses of the other
>*Goethe*-century, which includes the majority of his productive life.
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>How pertinent is it to look at Goethe through the lens of the 19th Century,
>when a new set of informing terms takes hold: i.e., where God and Geist
>become ideology, where the sensate world is rendered in material terms,
>where Bildung becomes historicism and evolution, where connoisseurship and
>natural history are superceded by rigorous scientific dsiciplines, where the
>discourse of primitivism and indigenous peoples is appropriated by theories
>of race, where rustic agrarian contentment shifts to industrial urban
>anxiety, where the autonomous subject has itself become subjugated to its
>own technologies, and where  Enlightenment ideals (e.g., progress and
>productivity) yield to pessimism and even nihilism?
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>We are seeking essays that ask how Goethe understood his own position as a
>cultural icon going into and through the 19th Century, including reflections
>on citizenship in that epoch. Further, how did specific impulses of Goethean
>thought help the 19th C. define itself in terms of any of the shifts
>described above?  How did 19th Century thinkers use and abuse Goethe and his
>legacy? That is, how might one map problems of Goethe reception across the
>19th Century?  Finally, how was Goethe encountered outside of the
>German-speaking world during this era (e.g. Carlyle and Goethe, Goethe and
>19th Century New England, Goethe and the Slavic world, etc.)?  Please submit
>abstracts to John Lyon ([log in to unmask]) or Clark Muenzer
>([log in to unmask]) by Feb. 1st, 2006.

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