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TitelGSA 2016 Seminar: "Lyric Matters"
BeschreibungGSA 2016, San Diego, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2015

Seminar: "Lyric Matters"

Co-organized by Martin Bäumel (Wesleyan U), Hannah Eldridge ( U of
Wisconsin – Madison), and May Mergenthaler (Ohio State U)

Open Call for paper proposals

While the main focus of literary scholarship currently appears to be
on narratives, performances, and on the cultural prefigurations and
effects of literature, scholarly interest in the lyric genre has
greatly increased in recent years, marked by the PMLA’s special
section The New Lyric Studies (Vol. 123, No. 1, January 2008), the
publication of a new online journal, Thinking Verse (since 2011), and,
in German studies, special issues and edited books (e.g., Fioretos
1999; Fenves/Block 2010; Weber/Lange 2013), a new introduction to
poetry (Ryan 2012), and monographs by young and established scholars
(e.g., Wellbery 1999, Previšić 2008; Berndt 2011; Groddeck 2012;
Neumann 2013; Ostmeier 2013; Weber 2013; Hempfer 2014; Trop 2014;
Culler 2015; Eldridge 2016). This seminar examines why and how the
lyric genre mattered in the past and what its renewed relevance tells
us about our own present and our scholarly practice. The seminar will
focus on the tremendous importance of linguistic materiality in two
basic aspects: time and space. We suggest that in lyric poetry,
despite and because of its often concentrated (verdichtete) appearance
and momentary (augenblickshaft) thematic, the linguistic material
becomes spatial and temporal in ways that matter. These materialities
include the space a poem creates on the page, the way its structures
organize time, and the way in which the spatiality and temporality of
form create meaning that is not accessible outside of the poem and not
utterable in different words. Scholars are invited to explore, from
different theoretical and disciplinary angles, the ways in which
temporality and spatiality feature in poetry (from the medieval period
to the present), shaping its aesthetic, social, and epistemological
position. We particularly encourage papers that investigate theset
opics through detailed analysis of lyric works.

Questions that could be addressed by individual papers include:
- How can the language of the lyric be conceived in spatial or
temporal terms?
- How are poetic conceptions and representations of time and
space influenced and transformed by changing cultural, social,
philosophical,scientific, political, or environmental circumstances?
Conversely, how do they influence such changes?
- What roles do time or space play in the evocation of a poetic
experience (an Erlebnis), or in the poetic formulation of a critique
of such experience?
- How does a poem relate to its contexts? How does its
understanding change over time, or according to the cultural or social
spaces in which it is being received?
- What roles do memory (including memorization) and its temporal
and spatial structures play in the history, production and reception
of poetry?
- What is the relationship between space, language, and silence
in poetry? How does silence shape the temporality of a poem in
beginnings, endings, or breaks?
- How do new technologies affect the temporal or spatial aspects
of the production or reception of poetry?
- Can poetry transform dominant notions of time and space, or
even present alternatives?
- How can poetry be used to juxtapose or interrelate cultural,
natural, or geographical spaces and times?

Structures and procedures of participation:
Participants will be asked to pre-circulate papers of 10-12pp.
addressing the day’s topic (poetic space or poetic temporality) and
ideally including a detailed discussion of a poem (of their choosing).
On each of the first two days, the presenters will have five minutes
to reintroduce their argument in the seminar meeting prior to
discussion of each paper. The third day of the seminar will bring the
strategies for reading and theoretical horizons worked out in the
first two days to bear on two further poems, which we will ask
participants to read in advance: Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock’s “Die
Frühlingsfeier” and Friederike Mayröcker’s “Entwurf zu einem Traktat
über den Tag der unschuldigen Kinder”. By engaging in this
collaborative reading (introduced but not regimented by the
conveners), we hope to end the seminar by emphasizing the productivity
of our categories of analysis and the currency and importance of lyric
poetry in German Studies in the twenty-first century. Prior to the
conference, the conveners will answer questions and provide
clarifications of seminar procedures, collect and circulate papers,
and circulate the poems to be discussed. Their role will also include
moderation and introduction of the poem discussions, as well as briefs
summarizing/framing comments beginning and ending each session.
Depending on the number of participants, they may also present papers.

Submission Information:
Please note that all applications to participate are to be completed
through the website of the GSA:
You must be a member of the GSA to enroll, and you will be asked for a
"Statement of Purpose" explaining in no more than 1500 characters or
300 words why you would like to participate in the chosen seminar and
how it fits your personal research agenda. We encourage you to include
in this statement a brief description of the topic of the paper that
you would contribute to our seminar. (Click on the link "conference
proposal" on the left hand side of the GSA website to find the link to
applications to participate in a seminar.)

Please feel free to contact Martin Bäumel [],
Hannah Eldridge
‎[]‎, and May Mergenthaler []
if you have questions or difficulties in completing your application.
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VeranstaltungsortSan Diego
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
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