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TitelMarvel and Wonder in Literature and Literary Theory (ACLA-Panel)
BeschreibungSeminar at the ACLA Convention 2013: Marvel and Wonder in Literature and Literary Theory (

This seminar will be held at the annual American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) convention from April 4-7, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.

Our panel seeks to explore the concept of wonder and how it functions in literature, both as an emotional response to the foreign and as a stimulus for contemplation and critical reflection. It is through this very emotion, one could argue, that we position ourselves in the world and separate the Self from the Other. Yet, this experience is also what prompts our curiosity for discovery and provokes our search for explanations.

Genres such as travel literature seek to capture these moments of encounter with the foreign in terms of ‘content’. Wonder, however, is also an effect that can be sought in the literary ‘form’ as well and has been a topic of theoretical discussion throughout the ages: from Aristotle (to thaumaston), the medieval Arab world (ta’ajjub), medieval Europe (meraviglia/admiration), the Enlightenment (sublime), to Russian Formalism (defamiliarization/Verfremdung).

We aim at discussing questions such as:
How is wonder defined?
What are the conditions under which it arises (both in terms of form and content)?
Can attitudes towards wonder inform us about the values of a particular cultural/social/historical context andtheir view of themselves in relation to the world?
Are there immutable aspects of wonder?
What is at stake with wonder?
While participating in Orientalism, can it also contribute to cultural understanding and dialogue?
How are pleasure and fearrelated to wonder?

The seminar welcomes papers looking at any of these aspects of wonder, in any period and region, either as it is treated theoretically or as an analysis of a literary text.
Please submit a 250-words abstract by November 15, 2012 through the following link:

SEMINAR KEYWORDS: Wonder, marvel, strange, unfamiliar, foreign, thaumaston, ta’ajjub, meraviglia, admiratio, sublime, defamiliarization, verfremdung, travel literature, discovery.

Seminar organizers:
Lara Harb (New York University):
Reinhard Möller (Justus Liebig Universität Giessen/Cornell University):

For any questions, please feel free to contact the seminar organizers directly by e-mail.
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PersonName: Lara Harb 
Funktion: PhD Candidate, New York University 
Name: Reinhard Möller 
Funktion: PhD Candidate, Justus Liebig Universität Giessen 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Reinhard M. Möller 
Strasse/Postfach: Int. Graduate Center for the Study of Culture, Alter Steinbacher Weg 38 
Postleitzahl: 35394 
Stadt: Giessen 
Telefon: 0049 641 9930041 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Literatur 700 - 1150; Literatur 1150 - 1300; Literatur 1300 - 1500; Literatur 1500 - 1580; Literatur 1580 - 1700; Literatur 1700 - 1770; Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literatur 1830 - 1880; Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literaturtheorie: Klassiker; Literaturtheorie: Themen; Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte; Rhetorik; Stilistik
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