CFPs AATG Nov 2007 Language Control & Teaching Celan 2007 AATG/ACTFL Annual Meeting ( )
San Antonio
November 16-18, 2007

CFP for two planned sessions:

Session Title: Language Control and Language Change: Sprachreform, Rechtschreibung, Fremdwörterbuch, Denglisch

Session Organizer:  Scott Denham, Davidson College

Abstract: This session seeks papers that address the tensions between what one might call proscriptive and descriptive ideologies of language change in the German-speaking context. What happens when institutions (the Institut für deutsche Sprache, the Kultusministerkonferenz, publishers, schools) try to change the way people speak and write? Or communicate? How does the idea of Sprachreform actually affect language? How has the concept of Rechtschreibung (new and old) played out in the classroom, in the literary world, in publishing? How does the Fremdwörterbuch--a distinctly German phenomenon--demonstrate and form attitudes about language purity and language diversity? How does an English-language-centric global pop culture manifest itself in contemporary German--for students and teachers?

Abstracts by Dec 8 to Scott Denham, [log in to unmask]


Session Title: Teaching Paul Celan

Session Organizer: Scott Denham, Davidson College

Abstract: Paul Celan is not only the most important poet in German since Rilke, but notoriously the most difficult. It also seems to be the case that one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century is known only for one poem. This session seeks papers that address teaching the poetry of Paul Celan at all levels, more specifically his later work, and explicitly not "Todesfuge." Practical examples, theoretical considerations; problems of translation, context, philosophy; biographical approaches; sample units or syllabi; stories of success and failure. How do you teach Celan?

Abstracts by Dec 8 to Scott Denham, [log in to unmask]


Scott Denham
Professor of German
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
Davidson College
704-894-2855 (office)
704-894-2720 (fax)
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