Print

Print


>
>Subject: CFP: Literary Experiments--Revised 
>Conference Dates (8/15/09; 3/26-28/10)
>
>>
>>
>>
>>From: Christoph Zeller <[log in to unmask]>
>>
>>Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, March 26-28, 2010
>>
>>
>>"Literary Experiments: Media | Art | Texts 1950-2010"
>>
>>Experiments in art and literature surfaced as 
>>new ways of artistic expression during a period 
>>of political restoration after World War II. 
>>Reminiscent of historic avant-garde movements, 
>>writing shifted from storytelling to depicting 
>>the very elements of writing itself. 
>>Experimental practices in literature and art 
>>reached a peak when newly developed technology 
>>(video, computers) and a variety of media (TV, 
>>radio, performance, music, etc.) were converted 
>>into works of art during the 1960s. As a 
>>result, the visual quality of poetry, the 
>>textual structure of pictures, the performative 
>>aspects of letters, the musical and rhythmic 
>>characteristics of words increasingly emerged 
>>and allowed for new dimensions of aesthetic 
>>experience.
>>
>>Alluding to Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, to 
>>French poets Mallarmé and Apollinaire, to 
>>American writers Gertrude Stein and E. E. 
>>Cummings and many others, new artistic 
>>movements developed around the globe at nearly 
>>the same time and with similar intentions. 
>>Writers and artists from Brazil, Japan, Great 
>>Britain, the Czech Republic, France, the U.S., 
>>Austria, Switzerland, and Germany recognized 
>>their aesthetic similarities during the late 
>>1950s, created networks, and joined forces. In 
>>particular, German and Austrian cities such as 
>>Stuttgart, Darmstadt, Wiesbaden, Cologne, 
>>Vienna, and Graz served as meeting points and 
>>laboratories for aesthetic ideas. This 
>>conference will focus on the sustaining impact 
>>of these centers and their artistic 
>>protagonists. Works of art as well as 
>>correspondences, meetings, exhibitions, 
>>festivals, and manifestos will serve as 
>>material for scholarly investigations that will 
>>show the influence of visual and concrete 
>>poetry, concept art, Nouveau Réalisme, Fluxus, 
>>and many other neo-avangardist movements on 
>>literature and art until the present.
>>
>>This conference will examine the international 
>>interaction of literary experiments in Germany, 
>>Austria, and Switzerland:
>>
>>-    What are the transcultural features of 
>>artistic movements during the 1950s, 1960s, and 
>>1970s?
>>-    What are the specific aesthetic attributes of these movements?
>>-    Which intertextual/intermedial references dominate their works of art?
>>-    How do these movements define the experimental status of their artworks?
>>-    How does language serve as a link or a divider in artworks of that time?
>>-    What historical conditions led to the 
>>emergence of neo-avant-garde movements and 
>>literary experiments?
>>-    How did literary experiments change over time?
>>-    What can be described as 'experimental' writing in the present?
>>
>>Furthermore, the conference will focus on 
>>inter- and transmedial aspects of literary 
>>experiments:
>>
>>-    How does literature transform into other 
>>media, other media into literature?
>>-    Which non-literary artworks draw on literary structures?
>>-    Which literary structures are prevalent in non-literary art?
>>-    How does language relate to the 'language' of art?
>>-    How do techniques of collage and montage 
>>initiate new genres in art and literature?
>>
>>Papers should be geared towards these questions 
>>and discuss genres and media with an 
>>experimental focus. Subjects may include (but 
>>are not limited to) concrete and visual poetry, 
>>experimental prose and theater plays, radio 
>>plays, video art, film, paintings, photography, 
>>graphic design, typography, performance art, 
>>happening, dance, music, and digital 
>>literature. Artistic movements include the 
>>Viennese and the Stuttgart Group, Viennese 
>>Actionism, Lettrism, Spatialism, Nouveau 
>>Realism, Fluxus, Noigandres, etc. Artists 
>>include A. + H. de Campos, I. + P. Garnier, H. 
>>Kamimura, B. Grögerová, J. Hir_al, E. Williams, 
>>J. Mac Low, W. Burroughs, F. O'Hara, E. 
>>Gomringer, E. Jandl, F. Mayröcker, H. 
>>Heissenbüttel, R. Döhl, F. Mon, L. Harig, D. 
>>Rot, D. Spoerri, H. C. Artmann, O. Wiener, E. 
>>Jelinek, H. Gappmayr, O. Pastior, and other 
>>writers/artist of the present.
>>
>>Paper proposals of no more than 300 words in 
>>English or German and a short bio may be sent 
>>to Christoph Zeller:
>>
>>
>>
>>Deadline: August 15,  2009.
>>
>>Selected papers are planned to be published.
>>
>>Christoph Zeller
>>Director of Graduate Studies
>>Dept. of Germanic & Slavic Languages
>>Vanderbilt University, Furman 011
>>Nashville, TN 37235-1567
>>615. 322 2821


EMAIL: Christoph Zeller <[log in to unmask]>

*******************
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Megan McKinstry
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
Info available at: http://www.missouri.edu/~graswww/resources/gerlistserv.html