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TitelNEMLA-Panel: "The Greatest Show on Earth!": The Circus in German Literature and Film
Beschreibung*Call for Papers:* NEMLA- April 30-May 3, 2015 Toronto, Canada

*Abstract Deadline:* September 30, 2014

*Co-chairs:* Anna Stainton and Vanessa Plumly

*Panel:* "The Greatest Show on Earth!": The Circus in German Literature and

*Panel Description: *Recent German literature and film have seen an
increased focus on the performative space of the circus. Germany's
longest-running television series *Tatort *turned to the topic in the
episodes 'Schwindelfrei'(Wiesbaden, 2013) and 'Zirkuskind' (Ludwigshafen,
2014) and in literature, authors Zsuzsa Bánk (*Die hellen Tage*, 2011) and
Yoko Tawada (*Etüden im Schnee*, 2014), among others, have integrated this
space and/or its performers into their recent publications. Nevertheless,
the circus as a site of academic investigation and inquiry still remains
poorly visited from all sides. The circus is, however, not a new cultural
phenomenon and has been present in German literature and film even before
this recent re/turn as evinced in works such as Wim Wenders' film *Wings of
Desire *(1987), East German DEFA films such as Gerhard Klein's *Alarm im
Zirkus *(1954), and Günther Grass's world famous novel *Die
Blechtrommel *(1959).
This panel investigates the role of the circus in its past and present
manifestations as a site of performance, identity construction,
entertainment, surveillance, pleasure, and violence and proposes answers to
the question of why at a time when the circus as an art form and leisure
space of society is in decline, it has, nevertheless, become all the more
prominent in contemporary German cultural productions. Furthermore, we seek
to identify what, if anything, is particularly German about the circus as
it is presented in such works.

*Abstract Submission:* Please follow the link provided to submit abstracts
to this panel.
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