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 [log in to unmask].

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.

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