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TitelGSA-Panel: Suspended, Waiting, Lingering: The Poetics of Stillness and Non-Progression in Literature and Film of the 21st Century
BeschreibungConvention of the German Studies Association
Denver, CO, USA
October 3-6, 2013

Panel: "Suspended, Waiting, Lingering: The Poetics of Stillness and Non-Progression in Literature and Film of the 21st Century"

Now that the first decade of the 21st century has passed, scholars have offered first reflections and theories about tendencies and new developments. German politicians are eager to announce Germany's new "normalization" (Taberner) claiming that the nation has finally come to terms with its past and can now take on with confidence its role as leading global payer. Yet, cultural developments seem to run in many ways contrary to this hope for progression unadulterated by doubt, grieve, guilt, or shame. One tendency that has been observed is the suspension of action. Critics use terms like "poetics of description" (Scherpe), "poetics of waiting" (Amthor), and "decade of crisis" (Blödorn) to characterize the literature of the first decade. There appears to be the tendency that the subject of the 21st century does not resolve crises, problems, difficult memories, or traumas, but inspects, analyzes, describes, and consciously experiences them seeking to understand the cultural fabric of which they are a part. "Non-places" (de Certeau) challenge the ability for individuals to act. The state of suspension is not unwelcome as pauses, stillness, and waiting allow the imagination to dwell on the issues at hand without having to call to action. Durs Gruenbein, for example, employs the still image of a diver to describe the desired state in-between phases and elements, the threshold existence that allows to ponder, reflect, and review. Similarly, Werner Herzog's documentary about the Chauvet caves in Southern France invites the gaze to linger on prehistoric paintings and the mind to consider a space beyond time. In either case, stepping outside a narrative chain of events opens new opportunities to creatively explore questions of relevant histories, potential futures, social relations, lingering emotions, or other seminal experiences or desires.

For this panel, we invite presentations on waiting, suspension, pausing, and halting in 21st century literature and film. Possible questions are: What happens when a text or a film pauses to inspect or describe a situation? Which means and traditions are employed in this effort? Are there any "new" narrative techniques? What models of interpretation and cultural competence do they offer? How does the suspension reflect issues in contemporary politics and culture? Which models of subjectivity does this paradigm offer? Are the poetics of waiting the answer to the Literaturstreit of the 1990s?

Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Gundela Hachmann ( by February 5, 2013.

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PersonName: Gundela Hachmann 
Funktion: Assistant Professor of German 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Lousiana State University 
Strasse/Postfach: 316 Hodges Hall 
Postleitzahl: 70803 
Stadt: Baton Rouge, LA 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeKomparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literarische Wertung/Literaturkritik; Literatur nach 1945; Literaturtheorie: Themen; Medien- u. Kommunikationstheorie
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