CFP: 19th-century German literature (3/10/06; MLA
From: Kit Belgum
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Subject: MLA 2006
Attached is a call for papers for the 19th-century German literature
session at next year's MLA convention in Philadelphia. If you work in
this period, please consider submitting a proposal. Please also
forward this attachment as widely as possible to colleagues who are
working on relevant topics. Thanks so much!
Department of Germanic Studies
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University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-0304
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office phone: (512) 232-6352
Germanic Studies: http://www.utexas.edu/depts/german/main.html
Call for papers for MLA 2006
on Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century German Literature welcomes
submissions for its three sessions at the 2006 MLA convention on the
Space and Place in German Literature
II Urban Topographies,
III Architecture, Monument, Design
perceptions of space in Central Europe underwent dramatic shifts in
the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These shifts
stemmed from factors such as changing political boundaries, population
growth, increased mobility, migration, and new gender roles.
These sessions focus on three different aspects and scales of space
and place as they are represented in German literature of the period.
The sessions will explore the changes in the literary treatment of
space and in the rhetoric and visual imagery of place. The goal is to
gain a better understanding of the impact of social, political, and
technological changes on the literary imagination.
The first session, "Landscape(s)," is devoted primarily to the
geographical dimension of space in nineteenth- and early
twentieth-century literature. This could include battle fields,
remnants of bucolic isolation, or responses to environmental
degradation. Papers could address colonial terrains, the impact
of technology, travel, and dislocation on perceptions of place, or
changing gender and class relationships to a national geography.
The second session, "Urban Topographies," attends to elements of
the burgeoning cities of the period and the ways in which these raised
new issues for literary works. Papers might discuss new genres
and styles that emerged with the flâneur/flâneuse, the rise of
reportage, and the gendered nature of consumption. Other topics
might include the impact of urban development (real or imagined),
historical continuity or rupture in city neighborhoods, or the
protection of green space as an antidote to urbanization.
The third session focuses on the smaller units of space:
"Architecture, Monument, and Design." Papers in this session
might examine the function of individual edifices, the private vs.
public character of physical structures, or the tension between
vernacular and international styles. How did literature respond to
building speculation or the fascination with memorials or ruins?
Literary discussion of restoration, conservation, or innovation could
be analyzed in everything from castles and churches to tenement houses
and train stations.
Send abstracts no later than Friday, March 10, 2006 by e-mail
Kit Belgum, Department of Germanic Studies, University of Texas at
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