113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Being in Time, Being Out of Time in German and Austrian Literature and Film

Session Chair: 
Lorely French, Pacific University
Session 5: Friday 5:40-7:10pm
Willamette (PMCC)


  1. James Straub, University of California, Davis
    This paper elaborates a concept of anachronism as points where two distinct modes of production overlap, and shows how Kafka’s The Castle uses the tension between feudal and capitalist modes of production to draw attention to the limitations of bourgeois consciousness and the bourgeois novel.  
  2. Yasaman Naraghi, The University of Washington
    In his 1998 work, The Rings of Saturn, W. G. Sebald negates and affirms Germany’s immediate past through recollections and historical accounts that focus on the decay and destruction of empires, states, and national identities. This paper examines Sebald's dialectic, which is achieved through a weaving in and out of present and past time, as well as personal and universal experience.
  3. Alexander Pichugin, Rutgers University
    The talk presents an analysis of time conceptualizations offered by modern and contemporary German authors. The analysis is situated within a broader context of ecological orientation of German literature. The main argument is that reconceptualization of relationship of human and environment is carried out by means of a creative use of time both as a concept and a literary device.
  4. Raymond Burt, University of North Carolina Wilmington
    The author’s “Schelmenroman” can be seen as the evil doppelgänger of his much praised novel, Abendland. While Abendland traces a family in the flow of historical and cultural events in the 20th century, Spazierer, as reflecting the protagonist’s  name, wanders back and forth in time, and the experience of time forms a worldview.
Session Cancelled: