115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Austrian Studies I

Session Chair: 
Andre Schuetze, Tulane University
Session 6: Saturday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 223
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  1. S. Kye Terrasi, University of Washington
    In this presentation I examine the function of art in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and its potential to resist and transform destructive forces such as the relentless advance of time and the pervading sense of loss and anxiety that characterized turn of the century Vienna.
  2. Imke Meyer, "University of Illinois, Chicago"
    The use and abuse of Grillparzer’s plays in the context of Austrian and Nazi-German attempts at self-representation has been well documented. It is particularly telling, though, that of all of Grillparzer’s plays, it was Die Ahnfrau that directors Jakob and Luise Fleck chose to turn into Austria’s first post-Habsburg feature film. The multifaceted and often contradictory readings both of the figure of Grillparzer and of Die Ahnfrau are particularly suited to reflect the fraught juncture at which post-imperial Austria finds itself in 1919.
  3. Lorna Martens, University of Virginia
    Can emotions be represented in words?  This paper looks at the “basic emotion” of fear and compares what neuroscientists and literary writers say about its relationship to speech.  Fear can be named, but can it be shown?  Focusing on techniques Rilke’s Malte and Bachmann’s Malina, I investigate its verbal expressibility.
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