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

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Modern Austrian Literature

Session Chair: 
Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago
Session 8: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm
Marriott Salon I


  1. Brigitte Prutti, University of Washington
    Der österreichische Dramatiker ist ein begnadeter Psychogeograph der modernen Seele, der die neurotische Befindlichkeit der eigenen Person ebenso scharf vermessen hat wie die seiner Problemfiguren in den Dramen. Mein Vortrag gilt der Kunst der Selbstdiagnosen in Grillparzers autobiographischer Prosa.
  2. Kai Evers, University of California, Irvine
    This paper reads Kafka’s story The Burrow as a central example of an emergent literature of risk in modern Austrian and German literature.  Written after WWI and in anticipation of a war decided by perception defying weapons, Kafka’s literary experiment offers the most radical exploration of emergent challenges to contemporary concepts of time, space, and risk.
  3. Raymond Burt, University of North Carolina Wilmington
    The novels of Marlene Streeruwitz have been admired for their narrative experimentation in the search of for the feminine voice in literature. Her protagonists are women seeing self-actualization in a patriarchal world. The paper examines the shift from amorphous forces of subjugation to their embodiment in security and intelligence agencies.
  4. William Christopher Burwick, Hamilton College
      Josef Winkler and Elfriede Jelinek include specific brand names (Julius Meinl coffee, Bensdorp & Suchard chocolate, Barilla pasta) in their prose to explore mediation of memory in narrative. This paper analyses how these objects function outside the Austrian context, specifically, how these objects mediate Austrian cultural identity in light of economic borderlessness in the 21st century.
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