CFP Modern Languages Association Committee on “19th and early 20th Century
German Literature”

*Canonical Authors*

Philadelphia, January 5-8, 2017, Modern Languages Association Convention

In his magisterial world history of the nineteenth century, *Die
Verwandlung der Welt *(2009), Jürgen Osterhammel suggests that the only
German-language author from that century still read by the general public
is Theodor Fontane. Wilhelm Raabe, Adalbert Stifter, and even Gottfried
Keller – let alone more marginal authors – have become “Pflegefälle der
Germanistik.” True or not, Osterhammel’s pronouncement points to the
precarious status of German-language nineteenth century authors, especially
when viewed from an international perspective. Proposals are invited that
explore the particular contribution of literary works of canonical authors
like the ones mentioned above and others such as Droste-Hülshoff,
Ebner-Eschenbach, and C.F. Meyer. Comparative perspectives are welcome.

Please email proposals (300 words) to Peter C. Pfeiffer (
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Peter C. Pfeiffer
Professor of German
Director, European Studies Certificate Program
Affiliated Faculty, Program in Film and Media Studies
ICC 467
German Department
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
202.687.5693 (office)
202.687.7568 (fax)
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