SA 2011: September 22-25, Louisville, Kentucky
Call For Papers: Germany’s World Literatures

Last 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 of non-German literary work in German-speaking lands since  
the term’s inception, as well as to query the ways in which German- 
language texts self-consciously situate themselves in the world. How  
does renewed attention to “world literature” in German/y require that  
critics engage with “world literature” as a category of reception and  
analysis?  What are the attendant problems and practices for German  
Studies as a field of inquiry and as an institutional formation?  
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. We particularly  
encourage proposals that explore the articulation of world literary  
texts with a German literary public sphere, one that includes  
readers, authors, publishing houses, and classrooms. In this way, the  
panel will address both how texts and authors are received as world  
literature in German/y and how institutional frameworks might be  
modified to address world literary practices. Please send abstracts  
of 200 words to Marike Janzen ([log in to unmask]) and Jamie Trnka  
([log in to unmask]) by February 5, 2011.  We welcome individual  
submissions or proposals for complete panels as part of a series of  
panels on Germany’s World Literatures.

Possible paper topics may include but are not limited to:

relationships that may exist among world literature and the local,  
the international, the transnational, and/or the global;

the connection between exile or migrant experiences and the reception  
of non-German texts in Germany;

the role of multilingualism (on the part of authors, scholars, and  
readers) in crafting worldly relationships;

the access of non-German writers to German literary markets

the relationship between a particular political or historical context  
and 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;

the relation of national literature departments to world literature  
in the context of the widespread, institutional consolidation of  
languages and cultures;

how world literature in German/y responds to post-colonial critiques  
of world literature as a category of analysis and object of study;

the relation of world literature’s critical practices to literary- 
historical attempts to de-center the nation-state as the dominant  
unit of cultural analysis, including scholarship on migration,  
colonialism, multiculturalism, and the relation of multiple state  
literatures in German.

Marike Janzen, PhD
Humanities and Western Civilization Program
Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS  66049

The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
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