The Northeast Modern Language Association's 38th annual convention will be
held in Baltimore, Maryland from March 1-4, 2007

CFP: Writing Before and After the Fall of the Wall

This panel explores how authors' writing strategies changed after the fall
of the Berlin Wall. What topics and narrative devices were prominent in
their pre-Wende texts? How are the "Wende" and the process of unification
portrayed? Are they still major topics in the second decade after
unification? Or is there a tendency to leave East Germany behind, as in
Christoph Hein's most recent novel "In seiner frühen Kindheit ein Garten"
(2005)? Is writing about East Germany and the process of unification
replaced by new topics that address Germany as a whole? Are these changes
also reflected in the use of different literary devices? And what accounts
for the fact that some authors have stopped publishing altogether?

Please send your abstract (300-500 words) to:
Axel Hildebrandt [log in to unmask] and
Karolin Machtans [log in to unmask]

Deadline: September 15, 2006

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any)

Axel Hildebrandt, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of German Studies
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Tel: 413-538-2408

The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Megan McKinstry
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