Proposed special session for the Modern Language Association Annual  
Convention in Philadelphia,
December 27-30, 2006


“The basis of all pop glamour is the complete dismissal of adult  
values. To own a Mercedes is not pop. To have one and drive it into  
the swimming pool right away – that is pop.”

In the 1990s, the iridescent and opaque term “pop” became one of the  
buzz-words of literary criticism. Due in part to the growing  
importance of the author’s aura in a globalized literary market  
place, pop now possesses a renewed economic and aesthetic potential.  
Yet the vote is still out whether its inflationary use has made Pop  
II - that of the 1990s - into a diagnostic “dummy  
term” (Diederichsen) that lacks critical impetus and analytic acuity.  
Assuming that there is more to pop literature than the assertion that  
it is what Martin Walser is not, this panel invites proposals which  
explore the elusive nature of pop in German literature, music, and  
film of the 1990s and beyond. Theoretical inquiries and papers on  
individual authors or groups are equally welcome.

Papers may explore but are by no means limited to the following  
topics and themes:

The legacies of pop literature from the 1960s to the millennium
Pop as the absolute present
Pop’s authenticity
The aesthetics of the surface
Pop and irony
Pop and spectacle
Gendered pop
Pop - lost in translation?
Pop and Globalization

Please e-mail proposals of no more than 500 words and short bio no  
later than March 1, 2006 to Anke Biendarra ([log in to unmask])  
or send by snail mail to the address below.

Anke S. Biendarra
Assistant Professor of German
University of California, Irvine
400 Murray Krieger Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3150
phone: (949) 824-6406
Fax: (949) 824-6416

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