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

Memory in German Literature and Culture

Session Chair: 
Imke Meyer, "University of Illinois, Chicago"
Session 9: Saturday 3:35-5:05pm
Columbia (PMCC)


  1. Carola Daffner, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    This talk sheds new light on the diaries of F. Gräfin zu Reventlow (1871-1918). Reventlow, who left behind her restrictive aristocratic life in Prussia for the Bohemian circles in Munich, uses the genre of the diary for a critical engagement with symbols of cultural memory and the German literary canon. 
  2. Timm Menke, Portland State University
     In Jenny Erpenbecks 2012 veröffentlichtem Roman “Aller Tage Abend” gelingt es der 1967 in Ostberlin geborenen Autorin anhand der Aufzeichnung von Stationen eines individuellen Frauenschicksals gleichzeitig entscheidende Epochen der europäischen Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts aufzuarbeiten. Seine Handlung erzählt das Leben der 1902 in Galizien geborenen halb-jüdischen Protagonistin und ist gleichzeitig Erinnerungsarbeit an den großen historischen Ereignisse des 20. Jahrhunderts. 
  3. Danielle Gintz, University of Washington - Seattle
    This paper investigates Gilles Deleuze’s claim for non-linearity in his theory of memory within Cinema II, looking at how it might be informed by abstract conceptions of time found in astrophysics, particularly within singularities and the ‘big bang,’ this revision then being replicated in W.G. Sebald’s literature.
  4. Jennifer Tronti, California Baptist University
    Wim Wenders’s film Wings of Desire (1987) provides a rich meditation on the nature of memory. Within Wings, immortal characters represent the dilemma of eternity, that endless stream of “no time,” while both textually documenting and cinematically witnessing the wide range of human conditions and the particular experiences of Berlin.
Session Cancelled: