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TitelGSA Panel 2014: Revisiting Ernst Jünger’s Post-1945 Writings
BeschreibungCFP: GSA Panel: Revisiting Ernst Jünger’s Post-1945 Writings. Kansas City, Missouri, September 18-21, 2014

In recent years, various scholars in Germany and the United States have re-examined Ernst Jünger's oeuvre by addressing his peculiar mix of literary modernism and political conservatism. Along with the centenary of the First World War, the publication of his 'Kriegstagebuch 1914-1918' will no doubt renew inquiry into the author's most famous and infamous work, 'In Stahlgewittern.' However, while Jünger's reflections on war as well as his seminal essay 'Der Arbeiter' have consistently received scholarly attention, his post-1945 works are often relegated to the very margins of the critical discourse. Hohendahl's book 'Erfundene Welten' (2013) and the edited volumes by Hagestedt (2004) and Schöning/Stöckmann (2011) are notable exceptions. By establishing productive approaches to the author's post-1945 aesthetics and politics, these studies suggest a more balanced assessment of Ernst Jünger's role in twentieth-century German literature.

With the recent publication of the English translation of 'Der Waldgänger' (1951), the way has been paved to revisit Jünger's 'Spätwerk.' This panel seeks to draw critical attention to
his postwar writings and explore his peculiar position within the West-German Kulturbetrieb. We are particularly interested in re-examinations of Jünger’s prose texts: 'Heliopolis,' 'Besuch auf Godenholm,' 'Gläserne Bienen,' 'Die Zwille,' 'Eumeswil,' 'Eine gefährliche Begegnung,' and 'Aladins Problem;' his political essays of the 1950s; his correspondence with Carl
Schmitt and Martin Heidegger; and his diaries from the 1980s and 1990s.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
• Political concepts such as anarchy, as well as the (socio-political) figures of the 'Anarch' and the 'Forest Rebel/Wanderer'
• Modernity and its discontents
• The depiction of utopian/dystopian worlds
• Questions of genre
• Intertextuality (Goethe, Nietzsche, and others)
• Collecting vs. creating
• Traveling and storytelling
• Narrative strategies
• Literature and science
• The legacy of the two World Wars
• Cold War politics
• Continuity and discontinuity in the author's oeuvre
• Identity and autobiography
• Jünger's critical reception abroad (e.g. France and the United States)

Please send abstracts (300 words) to Thorsten Carstensen ( and Jerome Bolton ( by February 10, 2014.
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VeranstaltungsortKansas City
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
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