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*CFP: Of Crime and Justice: New Questions on German Law and Literature 
(9/15/2015; March 17-20 2016)*

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*47^th Annual Convention: Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)*

*March 17-20, 2016*

*Hartford, CT*

*Host Institution: University of Connecticut*

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*Of Crime and Justice: New Questions on German Law and Literature*

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**The theoretical and practical intersections between law and literature 
have been recognized as central to German cultural discourse, including, 
for instance intriguing analyses of Kafka’s literature and the Nürnberg 
trials. Recent research, such as Michael Niehaus’ /Mord, Geständnis, 
Widerruf. Verhören und Verhörtwerden um 1800 /(2006) and Thomas Weitin’s 
/Zeugenschaft. Das Recht der Literatur/ (2009), has also pointed to the 
eighteenth century as a period of paramount interest concerning law and 
literature. Since both literature and the law use language to create 
narratives that reflect, interpret, judge, and prescribe human actions, 
examining how the law is represented in literature gives insight both 
into how these narratives change over time, and how crucial the role of 
narrative is to legal institutions. Recent questions regarding the 
junctions of law and literature explore the theatricality of the 
courtroom, the legal use of physical evidence and rhetorical 
argumentation to construct narratives, and problems of verbal and 
physical communication before the law. Encounters with these and other 
issues accompany avid philosophical discussions about the relative 
merits of Natural Law, positivism, codification, proof, truth, and 
ideals central to German culture from the Enlightenment to the present.

This panel seeks contributions that explore the ways in which law is 
both represented /in /literature since the 18th century, and adopts the 
rhetorical strategies /of/ literature to enact itself.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

-Comparisons between legal and literary texts.

-Original literary analyses of legal texts.

-Readings of legal themes or techniques in German texts by canonical or 
non-canonical authors.

-New literary analyses of German texts that address the intersections 
between law and literature.

Please submit paper proposals (250 words) directly here: 
https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15617by September 15, 2015. For 
further information, contact Pascale LaFountain (Montclair State 
University) at [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>and/or Julia Assaiante (Trinity 
College) at [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

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*Pascale LaFountain*
Assistant Professor of German and French
Modern Languages and Literatures
973-655-5577
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