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TitelGSA-Panel: Vampirologics: Structures & Symbolisms of Blood-Sucking in German Literature and Culture
BeschreibungGSA-Panel: Vampirologics: Structures & Symbolisms of Blood-Sucking in German Literature and Culture (08.02.2013)

The German Studies Association (GSA) Thirty-Seventh Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 3-6, 2013

A figure between life and death, eroticiscm and horror, the vampire has increasingly haunted modern literature ever since his first literary appearance some 200 years ago, after Ossenfelder’s “Mein Mägdchen glaubet” (1749), and particularly after Goethe’s poem “Die Braut von Korinth” (1797). Though recent criticism has hailed him as a paradigmatic figure of paradox, liminality and transgression, theoretical approaches are still rare. This panel would like to explore whether there is a specific – textual and symbolic - logic attached to the vampire and other blood-sucking creatures. Which symbolism(s) and which kind of narrative structures do literary texts create around such figures? Another central question concerns the cultural role that the vampire plays in an age where the premodern “symbolism of blood” has supposedly been replaced by “bio-politics” and an “analytics of sex” (M. Foucault).
We also invite contributions with comparative approaches beyond German-language literatures, as well as theoretical, historical and philosophical approaches.

Topics may include but are not limited to:
- vampirism and the history of ideas;
- vampiric epistemologies;
- vampirism and sexuality;
- vampirism as a transnational literary phenomenon (across e.g. English-, French-, German-language literatures);
- vampirism and Otherness / ethnicity/xenophobia/racism;
- vampirism and the theory of the literary fantastic / the Gothic;
- the rhetorics of vampirism;
- vampirism, liminality and deconstruction;
- vampiric intermediality between folklore, literature, music and film.

Please send 300-word abstracts to Clemens Ruthner (‎) and Nicole Sütterlin ( by February 8, 2013. Presentations can be in English or in German.
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortDenver, Colorado
PersonName: Nicole Sütterlin 
Funktion: Independent Researcher 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Universität Basel 
Strasse/Postfach: Nadelberg 4 
Postleitzahl: 4051 
Stadt: Basel 
Telefon: 0763306611 
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