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>From:         Jane Lewin <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Correction to CFP: The 'Good German' in Literature and Culture
>
>CONFERENCE
>The 'Good German' in Literature and Culture
>
>
>Thursday, 1 - Friday, 2 October 2009
>Venue: Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London,
>Stewart House/Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
>Co-Ordinators: Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh 
>(University of Ulster) and Dr Christiane 
>Schönfeld (NUI Galway)
>
>Call for Papers
>Keynote Speakers:
>
>Joseph Kanon, author of The Good German
>Birgit Maier-Katkin (Florida State University)
>In the past few years, we have witnessed an 
>increase in the number of cultural 
>representations of the 'other' Third Reich 
>citizen - the 'good' German - rather than the 
>previously dominant genocidal nation state's 
>willing executioner. These representations have 
>highlighted the possibilities for dissenting 
>behaviour, moral truth or at the very least 
>civil disobedience. Within the context of the 
>rise of Nazism and the fall of ethics, the 
>lesson of the 'good' German is not necessarily a 
>moral story evoking Kant's imperative or Hegel's 
>idealism, but often a representation of highly 
>ambivalent responses to an irrational, 
>capitalist, fascist state. The 'good' German's 
>counterhegemonic practice does not necessarily 
>represent an ideology-critical stance that 
>negates and contradicts the barbaric reality of 
>Hitler's Germany, but at the same time, the 
>moral choice implied always reflects a value 
>system based on humanity and an 'other' ideal 
>community.
>
>As a member of the symbolic 'Aryan' community, 
>however, this hero's 'goodness' might be that of 
>the silent collaborator, and questions regarding 
>his/her representation might include: 
>evaluations of the logic of moral behaviour or 
>normative ethics, ambivalence and moral 
>absolutism, cultural and moral relativism, 
>forces of social conformity and 
>community-shaping mechanisms, self-preservation 
>and self-sacrifice, etc.
>
>The function and reception of cultural 
>representations of 'good Germans' in literature, 
>film and other media as well as 'good German' 
>debates in Germany and abroad will be the focus 
>of this conference.
>
>Hannah Arendt said: 'The sad truth is that most 
>evil is done by people who never make up their 
>minds to be good or evil'. The 'good German' 
>supposedly made this choice, and we cordially 
>invite proposals on any aspect of 
>representations of the Third Reich's 'good 
>German' in literature and culture. Individual 
>paper proposals as well as proposals for entire 
>sessions will be considered.
>
>For further information, or to offer a 
>paper/suggestion for a panel, please send an 
>abstract/proposal of 250-400 words by 30 
>September 2008 to both
>
><mailto:[log in to unmask]>Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh
>and
><mailto:[log in to unmask]>Dr Christiane Schönfeld
>INSTITUTE OF GERMANIC & ROMANCE STUDIES
>University of London School of Advanced Study
>Room ST272, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
>Telephone: +44 (0)20-7862 8966  Fax: +44 (0)20-7862 8672
>Email: jane.lewin @sas.ac.uk  Website: 
><http://igrs.sas.ac.uk>http://igrs.sas.ac.uk

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