MLA Convention 2011 (Los Angeles): 19th- and Early 20th-century German Literature

Mediating Life.

We invite new perspectives on how notions of "life" shape (and are shaped by) cultural media and practices during the period. Possible thematics might include:

What literary forms are particularly conducive to grasping “life” (or not) from the German perspective? 
How do word and image compare in capturing, storing and remembering life? 
What do new media and emerging technologies do to life and its narratives, especially in relation to “old” media? 
What cultural artifacts and material practices lend life authenticity and/or meaning?  
How do today’s theoretical impulses—for instance memory studies, life writing, performativity, interdisciplinary approaches to the body and gender—affect how we think about the modes and genres used to narrate life in the Germanophone 19th century? 
How do discoveries in biology, medicine and the sciences redraw life’s boundaries? 
What metaphors, cultural narratives and aesthetic practices structure scientific understandings of life in the period? 
How do changing ideas about significant moments--birth, death, the afterlife—shape life’s trajectories and meaning? 
New reflections on 19th- and early 20th-century notions of artificial life; individual and collective lives; etc.

Send abstracts no later than March 10, 2010 by email to:

Peter M. McIsaac, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University, [log in to unmask]

Dr. Peter M. McIsaac
Associate Professor, German Studies
Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Affiliate Faculty, Canadian Centre for German and European Studies
York University
4700 Keele St
Toronto ON M3J 1P3

Tel. 416-848-0647

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