EXTENDED DEADLINE: October 14 2013

Call for Papers


ich in Arkadien. Journeys to Italy in Contemporary German Literature


45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern
Language Association (NeMLA)

April 3-6, 2014 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Host: Susquehanna University


The fascination with Italy’s history, landscape and culture
runs like a red thread through German literature and can be traced back
numerous centuries. Even in recent times, many authors, such as Ingeborg
Bachmann, Alfred Andersch, Ernst Jünger or Uwe Timm, have visited the Mediterranean
country to experience the Italian way of life as well as its customs and
traditions. However, in their travelogues, memoirs, short stories or novels, the
focus is often not primarily on things Italian but on the relationship between
the authors’ experiences and the experiences of their predecessors. Thus, when
reading contemporary stories on Italy, the reader is more often than not confronted
with Goethe, Heine, Shelley or Keats, since the legacy of these iconic figures
cannot be denied and has, in fact, become a vital part when dealing with Italy
– or so it seems.  

This panel seeks submissions on authors of the 20th/21st
century who, in their works, discuss Italy from various angles – as a travel
destination, as cradle of civilization, as a must for Bildungsbürger or simply as setting for a story. Yet, the question
arises as to how contemporary authors situate themselves vis-à-vis their
predecessors. Is it even possible these days to write about Italy without
acknowledging previous authors and their influence on the German perception of
Italian culture? How do writers such as Judith Hermann or Ulrich Treichel in
their respective short stories “Aqua Alta” or “Auf der Suche nach Venedig?”
find new ways of describing Italy that do not solely employ old clichés or
operate with preconceived notions?  


Please submit your proposal of
300-500 words to Gabriele Eichmanns ([log in to unmask]).  



New Deadline:  October 14, 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. His 2013 collection of short
fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New
York Times as “the best book you’ll read this year.” 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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