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TitelGSA 2015: Body Poetics and Virtual Worlds, Washington, D.C. (19.1.2015)
BeschreibungCall for Papers
German Studies Association 39th Annual Convention
Washington, D.C., October 1-4, 2015

Panel: Trends in 21st-Century Literature (2): Body Poetics and Virtual Worlds

The panel “Body Poetics and Virtual Worlds” forms part of the series „Trends in 21st-Century Literature“. The series seeks to identify current developments in German literature and culture from three major perspectives: society, nature, and the body.

This panel explores recent trends toward what we may call ‘body literature’ or ‘body poetics’. From Elfriede Jelinek’s violent body drama to Durs Grünbein’s “Gesumm der Hirnmaschine” to Thomas Kling’s artfully dissected “textadersystem”: Since the late 1980s and particularly the 1990s many texts have explored the human body with painstaking detail, attributing it a central role as the locus of a subjectivity that postmodernity had notoriously declared dead. In an increasingly virtualized 21st-century world where physical and virtual presence is under constant surveillance, what role does literature attribute to the body, its materiality, its sensibility? How might this role be linked to ‘authentic’, unmediated forms of communication or to new conceptions of the subject? This panel also seeks to explore the ways in which the body is relevant to 21st-century poetics, i.e. to specific narrative forms. How does a text’s structural make-up relate to body motifs and possibly to other media, what narrative trends can we identify? We welcome papers investigating 21st-century developments in particular, but proposals may go as far back as the Wende.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

- conceptions of body and text in the 21st century
- material vs. virtual texts/ bodies/ realities
- communication
- fragmented vs. ‘wholistic’ (textual) bodies; illness vs. health; immunology
- stigmata; wounds; vampirism/cannibalism; open boundaries between texts/ bodies
- anatomy, “anatomische Poesie” (Grünbein)
- intertextuality, “parasitäres Schreiben” (Beyer); intermediality; extended corpora
- writing in blood, tears, bodily fluids; recourse to baroque topoi
- pain, torture, terrorism vs. security; Transparenzgesellschaft

The series “Trends in 21st-Century Literature” also features the panels “Writing the Social”, organized by Prof. Dr. Paul Michael Lützeler (Washington University in St. Louis) and “Writing Nature – Nature Writing”, organized by Dr. Leonhard Herrmann (University of Chicago/Universität Leipzig).

We welcome proposals in English and in German. Please send 120-word abstracts and short bio to Dr. Nicole Sütterlin (Harvard University) at by January 19, 2015.

Kindly take note of the GSA’s requirements regarding conference participation (GSA membership).
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Nicole Sütterlin 
Funktion: Assistant Professor of German 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Germanic Languages, Harvard University 
Strasse/Postfach: 12 Quincy Street, Barker 357 
Postleitzahl: 02138 
Stadt: Cambridge 
Telefon: 8577776318 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literaturpsychologie; Literatursoziologie; Literaturtheorie: Themen; Lyriktheorie; Medien- u. Kommunikationsgeschichte (Hand-, Druckschrift, Film, Rundfunk, Computerspiel usw.); Medien- u. Kommunikationstheorie
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.06.00 Literaturtheorie; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.07.00 Ästhetik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.08.00 Poetik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.12.00 Interpretation. Hermeneutik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.14.00 Literatursoziologie; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.15.00 Literatur und Medien; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart
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