From: Waltraud Maierhofer <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: German Women Writers and Visuality

Reminder CFP.

Dear Colleagues:
Please encourage students to present dissertation research.
Keynote presentation by Prof. Ruth Dawson (U of HI).
Note: May 19 - 21 is correct (overwrites earlier postings of 18-20)
Hope to see many of you in Iowa City.

Happy 2006
Waltraud
German Women Writers and Visuality

The Group on German Women’s Writing of the 18th and 19th Centuries
invites papers for the Annual Meeting 2006


May 19-21, 2006 (Fr.-Sunday)

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52245-1323

Proposals are requested for a colloquium on writings by German-speaking women of the 18th and 19th centuries.  Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary interests and cross national explorations are welcome. The Enlightenment esteemed the sense of seeing as the highest among the senses. The Romantics sought progressive blending of the senses, synaesthesia, visionary ideals. Realistic and naturalistic writing included visual details of bourgeois life as well as that of social outsiders and discussed the place of the ‘ugly’ in literature and art ... The 2006 topic explores perceptions, visions, fantasies, images and imagination in women’s writings.


Topics might include but are not limited to:

q               The senses, including medical discourse on deficiencies

q        Ways of seeing and literary representation

q     The role of imagination

q        Reality and fantasy


q    Ekphrasis – Bildbeschreibungen

q Visions

q        Art Criticism and other writings on the Visual Arts

q    Doppel- und Mehrfachbegabungen: Women Writers/Artists

q  Women’s role in artistic taste formation and change

q    “Images of Women”

q      Women as actresses and performers

q      Visualizing the past: Imaging and writing history

q      The role of the visual in travel literature

q    Book illustrations

q     How visual is memory?

q  Women in museums

q       Photography and women photographers

q    The effects of photography on writing and documentation

q        Beauty

q ...
Deadline: January 15, 2006 ( a few days late is no problem)
Papers may focus on specific writers or works or take a thematic approach.

Please submit 1-2 page proposals in English or German by either e-mail or “snail mail” by Jan. 15, 2006 to

Waltraud Maierhofer
Associate Professor of German

Post: 111D PH, German Dept.,
The University of Iowa
IOWA CITY, IA 52242-1323

Phone/ fax: (+1) 319 335 2114
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