Call for Contributions

Christa Wolf: A Companion

De Gruyter

Series: Companions to Contemporary German Culture

Series Editors: Michael Eskin, Karen Leeder, Christopher Young


Edited by Sonja E. Klocke and Jennifer R. Hosek


The editors are seeking contributions for a companion on Christa Wolf, to appear in deGruyter’s series Companions to Contemporary German Culture.


Since Wolf’s passing in 2011, interest in her person and work has been booming. Already at the 2012 conference of the German Studies Association in the USA, both Stephen Brockmann’s Presidential Address and a cluster of six panels entitled “Remembering Christa Wolf” focused on the memory of the GDR, the author, and her contributions to national and international literature. Wolf’s texts are being re-published in German and English, sometimes in new translations. Retrospective overviews of her works have been coming out in German, but a book-length introduction in English that repositions her oeuvre for the contemporary globalized world is urgently needed.


Our book-length introduction in English aims to account for and move beyond traditional interpretive frameworks. We welcome research that considers Wolf and her oeuvre from new perspectives that assess and articulate the significance of Wolf’s oeuvre today, particularly for readers who are not German specialists. In order to achieve this goal, we are looking for contributions to our planned volume that complement and question previous research, critically reevaluate Wolf’s writings and their relevance after the Cold War, and investigate her oeuvre beyond the scope of the GDR. For instance, we envision reinterpretations of Christa Wolf’s texts – including her largely overlooked film projects – within international contexts. Contributions should combine outstanding scholarly standards with a highly readable style to enhance the volume’s potential as a teaching tool. This collection of informative and easily accessible essays will target primarily the Anglophone student audience in German Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Film Studies, and Comparative Literature.


Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following areas:

* Memory Discourses (including the German Division)

* Poetics/Aesthetics (including questions of genre; fact and fiction; autofiction and autobiography; the influence of Wolf’s stylization as an author on interpretations of her texts)

* Feminism and Gender

* Film Projects (including Fräulein Schmetterling)

* Critique of Capitalism and Civilization (including Ecocriticism)

* Cosmopolitanism

* Translating Wolf

* Wolf’s significance inside and beyond the German-speaking world. For this rubric we are considering printing a collection of shorter pieces – reports – from several countries and regions. To this end, consider submitting an abstract for a full-length piece and/or indicate interest in contributing in this way.


Please send a title, a short abstract (200-300 words), and a short bio (about 200 words) to both editors by September 20, 2015.
Projected deadline for the completed essays of about 8,000 words is September 2016.

Sonja E. Klocke: [log in to unmask]

Jennifer Ruth Hosek: [log in to unmask]



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