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>Subject: Reflections on Animality in German 
>Culture (4/15/07; M/MLA;11/8/07-11/11/07)
>Thread-Topic: Reflections on Animality in German 
>Culture (4/15/07; M/MLA;11/8/07-11/11/07)
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>For session at M/MLA Conference, Cleveland, OH, Nov. 8-11, 2007
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>Proposed panel: Reflections on Animality in German Culture
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>From Duerer's animal sketches, the mimed animals 
>of Renaissance "Fastnachtspiele" and the animal 
>odes of anacreontic poets to Nietzsche's 
>encounter with the "blond beast" and the 
>brutality of Nazi war propaganda, German culture 
>has brought the unknowable otherness of animal 
>consciousness to light to elucidate the ways in 
>which we use our projections of animals to 
>"talk" about ourselves. Eschenbach's tales of 
>monsters, Goethe's pursuit of the original 
>"Urtier," E.T.A. Hoffmann's animal sorceries, 
>the Grimm Brothers' animal enchantments, Freud's 
>interrogations of animals as gatekeepers to 
>human consciousness, Franz Marc's "Blue Riders," 
>Kafka's bestial metamorphoses and the grotesque 
>and fishy tales of GŁnter Grass and other 
>contemporaries, all give unique testimony to the 
>recurrent presence of animals and animality in 
>the German cultural imagination. This session 
>will explore examples of such visual, literary 
>and historical portrayals of the fluctuating 
>boundary between humans and animals in Germany 
>both before and since the decried end of 
>Humanism.
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>Send 300-word abstracts by April 15th to 
>Jennifer Ham, Chair, Department of Modern 
>Languages, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 
>2420 Nicolet Drive,Green Bay, WI 54311 USA, 
>920-465-2461,(<mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]).

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