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Ergebnisanzeige "Of Crime and Justice: New Questions on German Law and Literature"
RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelOf Crime and Justice: New Questions on German Law and Literature
BeschreibungCFP: Of Crime and Justice: New Questions on German Law and Literature (9/30/2015; March 17-20 2016)

47th Annual Convention: Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 17-20, 2016
Hartford, CT
Host Institution: University of Connecticut

Of Crime and Justice: New Questions on German Law and Literature

The theoretical and practical intersections between law and literature have been recognized as central to German cultural discourse, including, for instance intriguing analyses of Kafka’s literature and the Nürnberg trials. Recent research, such as Michael Niehaus’ Mord, Geständnis, Widerruf. Verhören und Verhörtwerden um 1800 (2006) and Thomas Weitin’s Zeugenschaft. Das Recht der Literatur (2009), has also pointed to the eighteenth century as a period of paramount interest concerning law and literature. Since both literature and the law use language to create narratives that reflect, interpret, judge, and prescribe human actions, examining how the law is represented in literature gives insight both into how these narratives change over time, and how crucial the role of narrative is to legal institutions. Recent questions regarding the junctions of law and literature explore the theatricality of the courtroom, the legal use of physical evidence and rhetorical argumentation to construct narratives, and problems of verbal and physical communication before the law. Encounters with these and other issues accompany avid philosophical discussions about the relative merits of Natural Law, positivism, codification, proof, truth, and ideals central to German culture from the Enlightenment to the present.

This panel seeks contributions that explore the ways in which law is both represented in literature since the 18th century, and adopts the rhetorical strategies of literature to enact itself.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:
- Comparisons between legal and literary texts.
- Original literary analyses of legal texts.
- Readings of legal themes or techniques in German texts by canonical or non-canonical authors.
- New literary analyses of German texts that address the intersections between law and literature.

Please submit paper proposals (250 words) directly here: by September 30, 2015. For further information, contact Pascale LaFountain (Montclair State University) at and/or Julia Assaiante (Trinity College) at .

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Pascale LaFountain 
Funktion: Assistant Professor of German and French 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Montclair State University 
Strasse/Postfach: 1 Normal Avenue 
Postleitzahl: 07043 
Stadt: Montclair 
Telefon: 973-655-5577 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte)
Klassifikation04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.02.00 Studien
Ediert von  H-Germanistik
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