Please note that I have corrected one factual error (the publication year of "Anschwellender Bocksgesang" was 1993, NOT 1992) and one word omission (the title of Kracht's 2012 novel, Imperium). Also, it would be great if you could include my email signature with the posted CFP. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

CFP: The New German Conservatism: Forms and Expressions in Contemporary German Literature

129th Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL, January 9-12, 2014.

In the last two decades, a renewed conservatism has taken place in German culture. Since Botho Strauß’s controversial essay “Anschwellender Bocksgesang” from 1993, this novelist and playwright has been notorious for being conservative, while more recently Thilo Sarrazin polarized the public with his xenophobic yet bestselling books. This was followed by an increase in scholarship on right-wing theories, such as Volker Weiß’s Deutschlands neue Rechte (2011). The new conservatism in German literature and literary criticism, specifically, was addressed at an international conference held by the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel in 2011. The distinguished conference participants discussed authors such as Strauß and others, for example, Uwe Tellkamp (Der Turm) and Christian Kracht (Faserland, Imperium). Additional topics of discussion included the revived scholarly interest in the circle around Stefan George. Kracht again received significant attention when his 2012 novel Imperium generated a controversy ignited by Spiegel journalist Georg Diez’s accusations that Kracht’s novel promoted right-wing propaganda and a racist worldview. Most recent developments include the October 2012 launch of the lifestyle magazine The Germans and the opening of the Bibliothek des Konservatismus in Berlin in November 2012.

This panel is intended to further explore the current trend of conservatism in contemporary German culture, particularly in literature, both in terms of its production and reception. Papers on literary forms and expressions of the new German conservatism or on related phenomena are welcome, as are papers that offer diachronically historical or comparative approaches to the topic.

Please email proposals (250 words) to Arnim Alex Seelig ([log in to unmask]) by March 15, 2013.

Arnim Alex Seelig
PhD Candidate (ABD), Course Lecturer
German Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

DAAD Visiting Scholar at Freie Universität Berlin
Associated Member of the DFG Research Training Group "Automatismen"<>

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