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Call for Papers
43rd Annual NeMLA Convention
Rochester, NY; March 15-18, 2012
Deadline for Abstracts: Sept 30th, 2011

Oriental Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century German Literature and Culture

This panel looks at the term “oriental” in the nineteenth-century meaning of the word, encompassing the Middle and Near East as well as Asia. Fascination with the Orient abounded in the nineteenth century and influences and inspired literature as well as other forms of art such as architecture, design, fashion and painting. We invite proposals on the following questions: How is the orient depicted and positioned in works of literature and art in regard to German culture, what role does it play in connection with increasing German national awareness and how do issues of gender and Germany’s status as a colonial power at the end of the century play into depictions of the Orient? Please email abstracts (250-500 words) by Sept.30th, 2011 to Daniela Richter ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

Daniela Richter, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of German
Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Pearce 317
Central Michigan University
Mt.Pleasant, MI 48859

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