CFP:  “Sebald and Capital” (deadline November 15, 2013; American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) 2014; New York University; New York; March 20-23, 2014)


After an initial Sebald boom at the beginning of the millennium, this panel asks: what is the current state of Sebald scholarship? Has the initial “Sebald moment” that engendered so much critical writing passed and what might this mean for the future? Where might his works of prose fiction and his poetry take us going forward in the era that follows the first “wave” of Sebald reception? With a focus on the diverse genres that Sebald’s writing seems to have engendered within the reception itself, this panel aims to assess and critically reflect on the impact of Sebald’s oeuvre. The aim of this panel is two-fold: to meta-critically reflect on the current “state” of Sebald criticism as Capital; and to initiate new approaches that open up further possibilities in relation to Capital as a spatial and geographical metaphor that structures Sebald’s writing.What accounts for this author’s “cultural capital,” both in academia and in the publishing industry? Is he a German, English, or European writer? Is he modern or postmodern? How do his writings represent the movement of “capital” in the form of currencies, density, accumulations and flow? And how are they, in turn, marketed? How and by whom is Sebald translated? Can his critique of power politics be connected to current discourses on human rights? And what are the possibilities of a queer approach to Sebald’s writings? Seminar organizers: Caroline Rupprecht, Queens College CUNY; Neil Christian Pages, Binghamton University SUNY.

For further information on the workshop see: http://acla.org/acla2014/sebald-and-capital/

Submit a paper proposal for the workshop here (deadline 11/15/13): http://www.acla.org/submit/



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Neil Christian Pages
Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Binghamton University SUNY
Department of German and Russian Studies
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000 U.S.A.

Tel. 607.777.3308     Fax. 607.777.2658

The 2013 Binghamton University German Studies Colloquium (BUGSC), April 19-20, 2013
Progress and Risk - Fortschritt und Risiko in German Studies
http://bugsc.binghamton.edu/2013/index.php


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