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TitelPopular Revenants. German Gothic and its International Contexts / Populäre Wiedergänger. Der Schauerroman im internationalen Kontext.
BeschreibungPopular Revenants. German Gothic and its International Contexts
Populäre Wiedergänger. Der Schauerroman im internationalen Kontext.

Symposium at Trinity College Dublin, Friday 18th & Saturday 19th September 2009.

This symposium marks the second phase of a collaborative research project on the German Schauerroman based at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and at Trinity College Dublin. While the first phase focused on the Schauerroman as an emerging phenomenon of popular literature around 1800, the second phase will examine the various reception patterns of the Schauerroman throughout the nineteenth century.

If one views Gothic writing as a shadow of modernity, emerging on the threshold to modern social organization, industrialization and identity, as a mode of literature which accompanies, uncannily mirrors and distorts whilst also opening up modes of negotiating and criticizing modernity, then the question remains as to what extent such patterns of engagement continue to be relevant beyond the ‘Sattelzeit’ around 1800. Although research on Anglo-American Gothic has firmly established a continuous line of Gothic writing to the present day, such a direct line of descent has yet to be traced in the case of the German Schauerroman. Traditional accounts have seen the earlier Gothic novel disappear into late- and post-Romantic fantastic literature, although the re-apparition of such motifs as the double, the spectre and the revenant, and of the tropes of intrigue and the Monstrous in realist and modernist texts seems to call such a clean break into question. In addition, the post-1800 reception of German Gothic writing in France and Germany seems to point towards an almost spectral afterlife in other national contexts. In the case of the Dublin University Magazine and other literary magazines this afterlife manifested itself as intercultural transfer persisting well into the nineteenth century and leading to the works of Charles Maturin and, later, Bram Stoker.

A central question is how the Schauerroman functions as a site of cultural transfer and exchange throughout the nineteenth century. Of interest is not merely the importation of themes and motifs from the sphere of German popular literature into other national spheres, but also their transformation and re-importation both in intercultural and other sociohistorical contexts. Under what conditions do such acts of cultural transfer take place? Are processes of this kind at the level of popular literature more representative of an emerging ‘Weltliteratur’ than exchange at the level of canonical literature? We are furthermore interested in the traditions and transformations of Gothic tropes and forms within German Literature itself. In what respects do monstrous figures in the second half of the nineteenth century relate to social discourses of Darwinism, colonialism, emancipation, biopolitics (Foucault, Agamben)? Are the increasingly spectralizing forms of modernity (Derrida, Negri) accompanied by Gothic modes around the fin-de-siecle? Can one observe a domestication of Gothic tropes in post-1848 Realism or Naturalism?

Contributions are welcomed on any of the following topics:

- The fate of the Schauerroman after Romanticism. What is the relationship of the Schauerroman to the fantastic and realist modes?

- Is there a German form of ‘Gothic Modernism’?

- The Dublin University Magazine as a point for the reception and transmission of Gothic themes and motifs

- Reception and transmission of the Gothic in other British literary magazines

- Intercultural transfer in Gothic novels by writers associated with the Dublin University Magazine: Charles Maturin, Charles Lever, James Clarence Mangan, Bram Stoker

- E.A. Poe’s reception of German Gothic

- The reception of E.T.A. Hoffmann in France and the formation of fantastic literature

- Gothic motifs in early film and in Expressionism.

We invite contributions from researchers interested in these and related aspects of the German Gothic as a phenomenon of intercultural exchange. Abstracts, no longer than 500 words, should be sent by email to the organizers by 31st March 2009:

Dr Andrew Cusack, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, Trinity College Dublin:

Dr Barry Murnane, Germanistisches Institut, Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg:

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PersonName: Barry Murnane [Dr.], Andrew Cusack [Dr.] 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur 1770 - 1830
Klassifikation04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte; 13.00.00 Goethezeit > 13.13.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 14.00.00 Romantik > 14.11.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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