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RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelGSA 2016 Panel: Goethe, Worlds, and Literatures
BeschreibungCFP (GSA, San Diego 2016)

Goethe, Worlds, and Literatures

We seek papers that explore and rearticulate the interactions between three complex phenomena and theoretical perspectives. This session aims to differentiate our questions about worlds and literatures from Goethe’s terms, and to remap his worldly cultural and political authority beyond established arguments in literary studies. We believe that by rethinking the relations between Goethe, worlds, and literatures, this panel will enrich our understanding of his works with new perspectives, and retrace their implications for a globalized environment.

As a literary writer and thinker, Goethe has been regarded as the progenitor of the concept of world literature in recent debates about cultural globalization, literary canonization, and humanist universalism. This panel, however, does not take this connection for granted. Rather we endeavor to understand the logic behind this dominant construction of Goethe and world literature. We ask how a German writer, who spent decades of his life in the provincial town of Weimar in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, remains such an inexhaustible source for global imaginations in the twenty-first century. How could Goethe’s world in all its cultural, geographical, political, linguistic, and even imaginative confinements be so smoothly connected to the diverse cultures and literatures of European and non-European worlds, both then and now? How does the “Goethe cult” from the nineteenth through the twenty-first century relate to Goethe’s canonical status in literary studies, or his dominance for the debate about world literature? What are the long term, cultural and geopolitical, impacts and implications of the Goethe cult? For instance, Oswald Spengler’s notion of the decline of the West draws heavily both on the Faustian spirit and on Goethe’s works.

How do we think the “world” within the concept of world literature? What different worlds and literatures do we construe in reading Goethe? Can his work, aside from Goethe’s coinage of “world literature,” contribute to this pluralized account of worlds? How does the current argument about world literature engage with post-colonial or indigenous traditions, or the circulation of specific forms (in verse or prose)? What functions does translation have for different worlds and literatures?

Do we need Goethe to conceive world literature(s)? Does Goethe help us think about a world outside world literature? We welcome papers on the history and theory of our rubrics from the Goethezeit up to the present. Please engage at least two of the three terms. Please send 300-word proposals to both Chunjie Zhang ( and Stefan Uhlig ( by January 20, 2016.

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VeranstaltungsortSan Diego
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
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