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"Goethe's Voices" -- Special Session organized by the Goethe Society of North
America at the annual convention of the American Society for Eighteenth Century
Studies, March 18-21, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM

Though the end of Faust I prominently features the call of two voices from
off-stage, little critical attention has been paid to the status of the 'voice'
in Goethe's work. This is all the more striking if one considers the amount of
attention that critics have devoted to the significance of voice in nineteenth
century German literature and philosophy -- cf., for instance, Bettine Menke's
investigation of voice in Hoffmann and Brentano, or Derrida's critique of
'phonocentrism' in Hegel. In an attempt to explore the neglected pre-history,
or perhaps even the alternate history of voice in the eighteenth century, this
panel is interested in papers that examine the status of 'voice' in Goethe's
work and/or time.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the relation between writing
and orality (cf. Wellbery's notion of 'primordial orality'), the legacy of the
rhetorical tradition, close readings of particular texts or passages that
explicitly or implicitly reflect on or (re)present the human voice, the
ambiguous status of voice as a medium between materiality and immateriality, or
the narrative techniques employed for the description of voices.

Please send proposals (400-600 words) by September 15, 2009 to Markus Wilczek at
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Markus Wilczek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of German
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Harvard University
Barker Center 355
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
USA

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