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43rd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College

The introduction of Oriental texts in Germany dates back to the early 18th century, when renderings of Turkish, Arabic, Chinese and Persian poetry, such Josef von Hammer’s translation of Hafez’s "Divan" appeared in German (1812). The complete German translation of "The Arabian Nights" by Johann Voß, a famous Homer translator, was published between 1781-85. In 1791 the Prussian travel writer Johann Foster rendered the classical Sanskrit play "Sakuntala" from English into German. The appearance of the play elicited an enthusiastic response from prominent German intellectuals with Goethe, Herder, and Schiller in the lead. In 1823 August Wilhelm Schlegel provided the first complete non-English translation in Europe of the scripture "The Bhagavad-Gita," made directly from Sanskrit sources. This text engaged German-speaking intellectuals – Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, Stefan Zweig, Franz Werfel, and Herman Hesse – well into the twentieth century.

This panel examines the influence of Oriental texts on German literary production. Its goal is to explore how Oriental texts provided German writers with opportunities to experiment with narrative and poetic form, in order to engage with philosophical questions, the projection of forbidden fantasies or social satire and critique. Some possible texts to be discussed are E. T. Hoffmann "The Golden Pot," Adalbert von Chamisso "Peter Schlemihl," Friedrich Rückert "The Wisdom of the Brahmins," Wilhelm Hauff "Fairytale Almanac," Paul Scheerbart "Tarub, Baghdad’s Famous Cook," and Else Lasker Schüler “The Nights of Tino of Baghdad” and “The Prince of Thebes.”

Please send 500 word abstracts to Petia Parpoulova at

Abstract deadline: September 30, 2011

Please include with your abstract on a separate page:

- Name and Affiliation
- E-mail address
- A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 43rd Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. The complete Call for Papers for the 2012 Convention is available at

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.


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