Proposed special session for the Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Philadelphia, 
December 27-30, 2006
 
CFP: CLOSING BORDERS, BRIDGING GAPS? GERMAN POP AT THE MILLENNIUM
 
“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:
 
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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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