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TitelDas Tier im Mittelpunkt: Modernist Animals in Literature and the Arts
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Das Tier im Mittelpunkt: Modernist Animals in Literature and the Arts

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency — Boston, Massachusetts

What role does literature have to play in the emerging field of animal studies, and how can that discourse be fruitfully applied to the literary and cultural products of the modernist period in the German-speaking world? In a discourse perhaps dominated by questions of ethics and animal rights, what are the benefits and hurdles to re-examining the representation of animals in literature and the arts? Of all the literary animals in this period, the ones inhabiting Kafka's writings have perhaps undergone the closest critical scrutiny, but animals abound in the writings of a large number of authors of the same period, including most obviously Robert Musil and Rainer Maria Rilke. Are animals particularly prevalent in this period compared to others that precede or follow it? If so, how? Is there a peculiarly 'modernist' way of looking at animals, and how useful are such period descriptors in this context? What influence, if any, did such things as the industrial revolution, urbanisation, the theory of evolution, and the rise of psychoanalysis, as well as the establishment of zoos and the increase in pet-ownership have on the engagement with and treatment of animals in literature and the arts? Is there a discernible shift in the representation of animals in this period, and if so, how does it reflect changing attitudes towards animals in society and the natural sciences? Finally, how does the treatment of animals in the German-speaking world of this period compare to and/or differ from that of other linguistic or cultural spheres?

Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Kári Driscoll , for papers dealing with any aspect of animals or human-animal relations in literature and the arts of this period. Although primarily focused on the German linguistic and cultural sphere, inter-disciplinary and comparative approaches are welcome and encouraged.

Deadline: September 15, 2008

Please include with your abstract:

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The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention is now up at:
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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PersonName: Driscoll, Kári 
Funktion: Ansprechpartnerin 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte)
Klassifikation04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte
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