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TitelLapsus: Falls, Faults, and Flaws in the 18th Century's New Concept of Man (GSA-Panel)
BeschreibungCall for Papers for German Studies Association Conference to be held in St. Paul, MN, 2-5 October 2008. Panel Topic:

Lapsus: Falls, Faults, and Flaws in the 18th Century's New Concept of Man

In pre-modern Christian doctrine, the "fall" had its very specific meaning and function. The situation changes with the shift from theocentric to anthropocentric modes of explanation in the 18th century. The axiom of the perfectibility of man might seem to diminish the significance of his failures and faults as an anthropological constant. But from Rousseau's Confessions to Goethe's Wilhelm Meister, the new "individual" is notoriously defined through his or her faults and flaws. And in discourses from anthropology and medicine to psychology and jurisprudence, "case histories" - literally stories of falls, Fallgeschichten - show how instances of something "going wrong" are central to the century's efforts to reinvent man. What role does the "fall" play in the new concept of man? How is it related to earlier theocentric concepts? Papers might examine:

- Falls and perfectibility

- Falls and anthropology

- Falls and aesthetics

- Falls and morality

- Linguistic errors and individuality

- Completeness and fragmentation

- "nothing succeeds like failure"

Please send a 150 - 200 word abstract to Christiane Frey ( and David Martyn ( by 12 February 2008.

Christiane Frey

Assistant Professor
The University of Chicago
Department of Germanic Studies
1050 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortSt. Paul, MN
PersonName: Christiane Frey 
Funktion: Kontakt 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: The University of Chicago, Department of Germanic Studies 
Strasse/Postfach: 1050 E. 59th Street 
Stadt: Chicago, IL 60637 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
BenutzerführungDeutsch; Englisch
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur 1700 - 1770; Literatur 1770 - 1830
Klassifikation12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert > 12.12.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen;
13.00.00 Goethezeit > 13.13.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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