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.