German Studies Association (GSA), 37th Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 3-6, 2013

Reading for Jugend und Volk in the Long Nineteenth Century and Beyond


Variations on the phrase for Jugend und Volk (für Deutschlands Jugend und Volk, für christliche Jugend und christliches Volk, für die deutsche Jugend und das deutsche Volk bearbeitet) proliferated in the expanding book market of the long nineteenth century. This panel seeks papers that engage critically with the idea of popular literature written and published for or re-appropriated and adapted to a young and/or mass audience.


We welcome contributions from any period from the late eighteenth century to the present, but are especially interested in those that address book production in the German Empire (1871-1918). We invite paper proposals that combine close reading and book historical analysis to consider any of the following:

  • systems of marketing and distribution
  • practices of and contexts for popular reading
  • relationships between popular and canonical literature
  • materiality and mediality of reading for Jugend und Volk
  • canon formation and national literature in popular contexts
  • changes in the book market and its forms of specific address over time
  • popular literature for Jugend und Volk as intertext in literature for adults
  • adaptations and appropriations of “adult” texts for young and mass reading
  • aesthetic education and questions of race, nationality, gender, class, and age
  • depictions of young adult and/or mass reading in literature and other media
  • nineteenth-century literature for Jugend und Volk in the twentieth century
  • fiction, non-fiction, periodicals, primers, schoolbooks, reader’s advisory

Please send paper proposals of approximately 250 words to Maggie Stanley Majors ([log in to unmask]) and Shane Peterson ([log in to unmask]) by Wednesday, February 13, 2013. 

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