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TitelSpecial Journal Issue – The Case of Christian Kracht: Authorship, Irony, and Anything Goes
BeschreibungCFP: Special Journal Issue – The Case of Christian Kracht: Authorship, Irony, and Anything Goes

Despite his status as one of the most widely read contemporary Germanophone writers, the best-selling Swiss author Christian Kracht remains relatively unknown among Anglophone readers. With the release of the English translation of his newest and highly successful-yet-controversial novel Imperium into English earlier this year this is surely soon to change.
This project builds on the themes, ideas, and work discussed on two conference panels on Kracht at the German Studies Association conferences in 2013 and 2015, respectively. This call for papers, meanwhile, seeks contributions from scholars who can help widen our scope and support our mission to formally introduce Kracht’s thought and work into the broader Anglo-Saxon world.

The project engages, but should not be limited to, the following themes:

1. Staged Authorship
It is curious that Kracht selected his novel Imperium to appear in English translation, given the controversy it sparked in 2012, when the critic Georg Diez, writing in Der Spiegel, suggested that the work displays the author’s proximity to right-wing ideas. Though Diez’ harsh criticism was dismissed by a number of critics and authors (among them Elfriede Jelinek), Kracht’s self-fashioning fictional persona itself invites such (mis)readings. In addressing this issue, our volume wishes to provide a more balanced view of the figure that is “Kracht.” Contributions may wish to tackle Kracht’s pluralized identity—his idiosyncratic, staged authorship—by reading the latter against the background of the entirety of his oeuvre, which consists of a broad collection of heterogeneous productions (e.g., literary texts, paratexts, public readings, interviews, etc.).

2. Intellectual Depth or Self-referential game?
It has long been a question whether Kracht’s literary oeuvre demonstrates philosophical depth. Those who contest the latter typically point toward his use of postmodern rhetorical strategies (e.g., irony, pastiche, intertextuality) to claim that his writing procedure amounts merely to a self-referential game. We seek contributions that add nuance to this critique. In addressing this issue, contributors may wish to investigate the stakes of said strategies in terms of their ability to constitute a critical project. It could be inquired, for instance, to what degree the project of modernity is transfigured in Kracht’s work into a postmodern ironic play without losing its philosophical thrust. Contributors may choose to address the various ideological life-models encountered in Kracht’s writings (e.g., technological utopia, back-to-nature utopia, communist utopia) as possible schemas for social, political and cultural reform.

Currently, we are in correspondence with the members of the editorial board of a peer-reviewed German Studies journal, which accepts both English and German language contributions. However, because we wish to bring more awareness to Kracht’s work in the Anglo-Saxon world, we are primarily seeking contributions in English.

Please submit all abstracts (max. 300 words) to and to until December 20, 2015.

Jerome Bolton, PhD (New York University)
Dr. Immanuel Nover (Universität Koblenz-Landau)
Dr. des. Marcel Schmid (Yale University/Universität Zürich)
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Nover, Immanuel [Dr.] 
Funktion: Herausgeber 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Universität Koblenz-Landau 
Strasse/Postfach: Universitätsstraße 1 
Postleitzahl: 56070 
Stadt: Koblenz 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft)
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