CFP: 19th-century German literature (3/10/06; MLA '06)

From: Kit Belgum <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: MLA 2006

Dear Colleagues,

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!
Kit Belgum
Department of Germanic Studies
1 University Station C3300
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-0304

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Germanic Studies:

Call for papers for MLA 2006

The Division on Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century German Literature welcomes submissions for its three sessions at the 2006 MLA convention on the topic of:

Visualizing Space and Place in German Literature
I   Landscape(s),
II   Urban Topographies,
III   Architecture, Monument, Design

Experience and 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 to:

Kit Belgum, Department of Germanic Studies, University of Texas at Austin
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