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CALL FOR PAPERS – Medieval/Early Modern

2008 Conference of the German Studies Association in St. Paul, Minnesota
October 2-5, 2008
www.thegsa.org

YMAGINA (Young Medievalist Germanists in North America, http://www.ymagina.org) is pleased to announce a call for papers for the following sessions at the 2008 GSA conference in St. Paul:

1.	Otherness/Sameness In the German Middle Ages
Papers that explore representations of or discourses on otherness or sameness in medieval and early modern German texts. Texts or traditions that establish, dismantle or problematize gendered, ethnic, social, religious or chronological/historical dichotomies, hierarchies or parallels.

2.	Beyond the Canon: Rediscovering Forgotten Medieval Texts
Papers that examine recently discovered, once popular, long or recently ignored medieval texts. What determined popularity in the Middle Ages and what caused it to diminish? How is the “canon” defined and what factors or texts motivate its reconsideration? When and why does “epigone” equal “inferior”? To what extent does scholarly bias of any kind, past or present, affect or determine how “pariah” texts are approached today?

3.	Dreams and the German Middle Ages
Dream is an extraordinarily prominent motif in the Middle English literary tradition, but what about Middle High German? Does the German tradition have anything comparable, for example, to the Middle English Pearl in importance and aesthetic/poetic quality? This panel invites papers that explore representation, function, and interpretation of dream(s) in both secular and religious discourses of the German Middle Ages; the language of dreams; medieval allegory and dream vision; dream vs. awakening, etc.

We seek 15- to 20-minutes papers, in English or German. Please send an abstract (max. 250 words) and a brief CV that includes institutional affiliation by Friday, February 8th, 2008, to both of the following organizers (e-mail submissions only, please):

Dr. Olga Trokhimenko 				
Foreign Languages and Literatures			
Univ. of North Carolina Wilmington			
Wilmington, NC 28403				
Phone:	 (910) 962-7379				
Fax:	 (910) 962-7712				
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Dr. Kirsten M. Christensen
Dept of Languages & Literatures
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447 USA	
Phone:	(253) 535-8775
Fax:	(253) 536-5132
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Olga Trokhimenko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of German
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Leutze Hall 289
601 S. College St.
Wilmington, NC 28403
Office Phone: (910) 962-7379

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