112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Germanics I: Transnational Identities

Session Chair: 
Charles Hammond, Jr., University of Tennessee, Martin
Session 1: Friday 9:00-10:30am
RCC Raincross A
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  1. Andre Schuetze, Tulane University
    Christian Krachts Roman Imperium ist die Beschreibung eines Utopieversuchs auf dem Höhepunkt europäischer Kolonialentfaltung. August Engelhardts Gemeinschaft, die nur von der Kokosnuss leben will, wirkt wie ein unzeitgemäßes Relikt. Engelhardt muss lernen, dass er dieser Welt nicht entkommen kann und dass die Utopie neue Wege gehen muss.
  2. Pauline Ebert, Smith College
    Since German unification, when there no longer were two German states who could each blame the other as the heir of National Socialism, the collective German past had to be renegotiated. And the claim that many Germans too were Nazi victims took center stage in post-unification discourse. This paper explores the discourse about Germans as Victims from after German unification in 1990 until today.
  3. Jeffrey L. High, California State University, Long Beach
    Given Friedrich Schiller’s establishment of the grammar of the freedom tragedy genre, it is not surprising that some of the most resonant films of recent decades, including George Lucas's Star Wars, demonstrate a Schillerian awareness of the moral high ground of death-defying rebellion against foreign occupation. The presentation will demonstrate Schiller’s continued resonance in the US from the 1790s to the significant parallels between Star Wars and Don Karlos.
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