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(Mis)speaking the end:
Apocalyptic tone?
Negative Theology?

“In these days (which are believed to be the last days) a habit has
-Hans Jacob Christoffel Grimmelshausen

“If one cannot exaggerate, then one cannot say anything at all anymore.”
-Thomas Bernhard

“There emanates from superlatives a destructive force.
-Elias Canetti

The 2007 Cornell University German Studies Graduate Student Conference
(March 2&3, 2007) will encourage and accommodate a meeting (or filiation)
of discussions around German/European texts and cultural products which
tend towards extreme pessimism, hyperbolic diagnosis or apocalyptic tone.
Instead of setting a firm definition of “the hyperbolic” or “the
apocalyptic,” we instead will promote the intersection of a broad
selection of possibly related rhetorical strategies, narrative
structures, literary trends, and historicities that might constitute or
contribute to “apocalyptic tone.” Is speaking of apocalypse always
theological and transcendental, echoing its other literal meaning:
revelation? Could speaking of apocalypse involve a sensible synthesis of
empirical facts and historical developments, whereby the speaker-subject
generates consciousness of a real general descent that could only lead to
apocalypse? Is there such thing as a “subjective” or “localized”
apocalypse, wherein everything ends, but only for the one? Is apocalypse
always only a speculative fiction? And can language itself become
somehow “apocalyptic,” in a radical negation of itself and all outside
circumstances? Where—or where do we not—hear an apocalyptic tone? Is
in it a voice which narrates the end of everything, or is it a voice that
A one-page abstract should be sent by Saturday, January 20 either via
e-mail attachment to or to

Department of German Studies
Cornell University
183 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-3201

Possible elucidations of suggested categories:

Polemic. To what extend is an “apocalyptic tone” polemical? Polemic
opposes and negates beyond rational debate and critical negotiation—when
one bespeaks an apocalypse, does it serve as a polemical negation of an
Other or an environment?

Prophesy/Negative Theology. Is apocalypse ever rigorously historical?
Or does it only present a theological, teleological way of thinking
history, whereby time ends and no dialectic is permitted? To be a
prophet of doom—is this dangerous irrationalism or does it present some
future condition of possibility?

Pessimism. Is one simply being pessimistic when adopting an apocalyptic
tone? Does it mean that one is simply discouraged and disillusioned with
models of progress and sees a steady sloping downwards? Where does the
pessimist imagine themselves in relation to the apocalypse?

Dystopia. Is dystopia—speculative fictions which employ Utopian
strategies to create an alternate future world which is radically worse
than the contemporaneous world—at all apocalyptic? Does it suggest the
end of anything, or merely a progressive, continuous worsening? Is
dystopia the end of everything we value, or a continuation of it?

Misanthropy: To what extent is an apocalyptic tone fueled by a discreet
hatred of human nature and activity? Could the apocalypse the
speculation of a misanthrope, who sees that man's true face will be
revealed in the total destruction of everything?

Misinformation: Is apocalypse based on false world-views, false
consciousness, improper education? Or could a well-informed subject
rightly adopt an apocalyptic

Wasteland: Can apocalypse be mapped? Is “wasteland” an apocalyptic

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortIthaca, USA
PersonName: Paul Joseph Bucholz 
Funktion: Organisation 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Department of German Studies, Cornell University 
Strasse/Postfach: 183 Goldwin Smith Hall 
Stadt: Ithaca, NY 14853-3201 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
Klassifikation05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.11.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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