*CFP: Precision, Correction, and Performance: Creative Process in 
Lessing’s Works (9/10/2015; ASECS; 3/31 - 4/3/16)*


*(Panel of the Lessing Society) *


*American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS)*

*March 31-April 3, 2016*

*Pittsburgh, PA*

*Precision, Correction, and Performance: Creative Process in Lessing’s 

Decades before Kleist’s famous essay on the “allmähliche Verfertigung 
der Gedanken beim Reden,“ Lessing’s dramatic, philosophical, and 
theoretical texts examine the functional challenges of creative writing, 
visual art, sculpture, and performance. In an environment that delved 
into the functionality of language and that increasingly glorified and 
codified the semiotic effectiveness of body language in pantomime, 
ballet, and precision acting, Lessing’s works are often torn between the 
goal of precision and an emphasis on the very imperfectability of 

 From /Miß Sara Sampson/ to /Die Erziehung des Menschengeschlechts/, 
explicit discussions of creative process, imagination, and improvement 
accompany the stylistic prominence of questioning, self-correction, 
re-casting, re-formulation, and reiteration, revealing anxiety about 
communicative accuracy and perfection. This panel seeks to probe the 
ways in which Lessing’s works explore notions of truth particularly 
through explorations of creative process, so as to find Lessing’s place 
in the larger history of discussions on creativity and creative process.

Topics might include:

-Comparisons between Lessing’s work and other works more explicitly 
concerned with semiotic accuracy and/or creative process (Lord Chandos 
Brief, etc.)

-Readings of Lessing’s letters that reflect on his own creative process.

-New literary, philosophical, or theoretical analyses of particular 
works that discuss or perform models of process.

-Assessments of stylistic elements in Lessing’s texts that demonstrate 
his philosophy of creative process.

-Original readings of Lessing’s work informed by theories of creativity.

-Scholarly discussions of how Lessing’s discussions and/or performances 
of (im)perfection fit into the history of 18^th -century theater.

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Deadline: September 10, 2015

*Pascale LaFountain*
Assistant Professor of German and French
Modern Languages and Literatures
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