Beyond Franz Kafka: Other Writers of the Prague Circle

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

For the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, this panel seeks
papers which deal with the persistence of German-speaking literature,
especially in the Czech lands, after the dissolution of the
Austro-Hungarian Empire. This proposed panel would bring much needed
attention to writers of the Prague Circle other than Franz Kafka. Max Brod
defined the Prague Circle as a loose conglomeration of German-speaking
authors rather than a “school” with a strict format and agenda. With Marie
von Ebner-Eschenbach as its inaugural author, the Circle counted some of
the most sophisticated crafters of the German language among its members.
Many authors, such as Ernst Weiss, H.G. Adler, Gustav Meyrink, and Leo
Perutz, were well-received critically in their own time but are not as
well-known in U.S. circles. Papers dealing with these authors are welcome
as well as on the women authors who bookend the existence of this circle:
Ebner-Eschenbach and Lenka Reinerová, who passed away in 2010.  Please send
250-500 word abstracts (preferably MSWord) to Traci O’Brien at
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Deadline:  September 30, 2013

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing
innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol
city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant
scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish
Country, antique shops and Hershey Park.  NeMLA has arranged low hotel
rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional
events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the
Convention. The Keynote speaker will be David Staller of Project Shaw.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA
session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar).
Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at
a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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