112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Germanics II: Heroes Wanted

Session Chair: 
Imke Meyer, University of Illinois, Chicago
Time: 
Session 2: Friday 10:45am-12:15pm
Location: 
RCC Raincross A
Topic Area: 

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Martina Caspari, "Hochschule Esslingen, Germany"
    Papa Hamlet, gelesen als zentraler poetologischer Text des Naturalismus, fokussiert auf einen Säugling als Helden, der kein Held mehr sein kann, sondern misshandelt, unterernährt und von der Hand des Hamlet zitierenden Vaters getötet wird. Er ist stiller Empfänger und ultimatives naturalistisches Opfer in einem dysfunktionalen Beziehungsdreieck, das im kreatürlichen Aufschrei nur noch die Sinnlosigkeit des Seins betrauern kann. Die Familie wird so zum Unort des Familiären –  oder zum Ort des Un-Heimlichen.
  2. Richard Sperber, Carthage College
    While numerous studies have recently been published on German exoticism in the 1920s and 30s, the position of exoticism in the Third Reich has been ignored. A close reading of Löhndorff’s Die Frau von Hawaii (1938) reveals that exoticism both advanced and undermined Nazi principles.
  3. Anke Biendarra, University of California, Irvine
    Is there such a thing as a literary Europe? Can literature create Europe? Taking these basic questions as its premise, this talk investigates how select contemporary German-language writers view the European project, how they configure cultural identity and citizenship through literature and how their narratives address configurations of European identities that transgress national belongings in favor of transcultural imaginaries in the twenty-first century.
Session Cancelled: 
No