The German Studies Association (GSA) Thirty-Fourth Annual Conference
Oakland, California, October 7-10, 2010

Germany's World Literatures: 1949-2009

This year, Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt initiated an annual  
International Literature Award with the aim of encouraging the  
reception of Latin American, African, and Asian texts in Germany and  
recognizing the process of translation that makes such reception  
possible. This panel seeks to situate such efforts to promote “world  
literature” in Germany within a longer history of the translation and  
reception (understood in broad terms) of non-German literary work in  
both East and West Germany, as well as in the unified Federal  
Republic. Keeping in mind David Damrosch’s recent call for a  
comparative study of the local or national forces that shape the  
formation of world literary canons, the focus of the panel is to  
investigate the contours of world literature as imagined in Germany  
while exploring the articulation of “world literary texts” with a  
German literary public sphere, one that includes readers, authors,  
publishing houses, and classrooms.

Possible paper topics may include but are not limited to:
connections between the exile or migrant experience and the reception  
of non-German texts in Germany;
the particular political or historical contexts of the reception of  
non-German literary work;
the re-casting of “world literary” texts by German authors;
the formation and/ or the teaching of world literary canons;
access of non-German writers to German literary markets.

Please send abstracts of 200 words to Marike Janzen ([log in to unmask])  
by February 1.

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Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Acting Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
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