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TitelMLA-Session: Interrogations of the Contemporary: Practices, Histories, Theories
BeschreibungModern Language Association Convention

January 8-11, 2015, Vancouver, Canada

Sessions arranged by the Division Executive Committee for “Twentieth-Century German Literature”

Interrogations of the Contemporary: Practices, Histories, Theories

The “contemporary” has long operated as a historiographic classification designed to mark an ongoing chapter of literary history following crisis and transformation: post-1945, post-1968, post-1989. Contemporary is ostensibly that literature both new and wholly of the present. In light of both the contemporary’s enduring use value and, as a consequence, its generic meaning, the MLA’s Division for Twentieth-Century German Literature seeks to interrogate the limits and potential of this concept. Proposals may wish to explore but are not limited to the following sample questions:

•When is contemporary literature temporally no longer contemporary and what becomes of it categorically when it is discharged by the forward march of time? Is, for example, the postmodern literature of the eighties still contemporary?
•With what exactly is contemporary literature contemporaneous? Does “contemporary” infer in this respect a correspondence between extra-literary lived time and textual time?
•When was literature, in its own emergent moment, not already contemporary? If this is so, how is a bygone sense of the contemporary different from a contemporary one today?
•To what degree are the temporalities of the contemporary also valid for present moments in texts that predate the advent of “contemporary literature”?
•How do a text’s poetic, narratological or aesthetic features as well as its attendant times and spaces challenge the dominant use of the English “contemporary” (or the German “Gegenwart”)? What, for example, makes the past in memoirs contemporary? How, for instance, might a novel’s contemporary sensibilities open up on to other temporalities and spaces? Why might poetry of the present resist the time of the contemporary?

We seek papers that challenge the institutional status of the contemporary, dislodge it from its usual terrain, and hone our grasp of what exactly was and is actually contemporary about twentieth- and twenty-first century literature. Two panels will be designed to focus particularly on historiographic, formal and theoretical implications of interrogating the contemporary. 300-word abstracts by March 15, 2014, to Richard Langston (

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Klassifikation17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart > 19.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte
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