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)


 
For session at M/MLA Conference, Cleveland, OH, Nov. 8-11, 2007
Proposed panel: Reflections on Animality in German Culture
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.
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,([log in to unmask]).

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