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

Germanic Studies

Session Chair: 
Karin Bauer, McGill University
Session 2: Friday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 109
Topic Area: 


  1. Heidi Schlipphacke, University of Illinois, Chicago
    I propose that the inclusion of painstakingly staged tableau vivant scenes within Goethe’s Elective Affinities (1809) reflect the work’s highly conflicted relation to a nuclear family kinship model and, in turn, to a corresponding vertical depth structure that links the nuclear family with the birth of subjective interiority.
  2. Olivia Albiero, San Francisco State University
    Saša Stanišić’s Vor dem Fest (2014) and Juli Zeh’s Unterleuten (2016) share not only their interest in small German villages, but also their publication as both text and digital component. This paper explores how the relations between past and present, closure and openness, individuality and collectivity, facts and fiction in the two narratives help understand the reading experiences the two works encourage and the significance of the digital explorations they offer to their audiences.
  3. Julia Koxholt, University of Illinois at Chicago
    In my reading of Olga Grjasnowa's Die juristische Unschärfe einer Ehe (2014), I argue that Grjasnowa playfully “queers,” i.e. subverts conventional and normative notions of storytelling and lifestyle in form and content, as the work oscillates between  traditional modes and breaks with them. Grjasnowa challenges futurity and teleological modes, and instead depicts “queer” constructions of time such as nostalgia, an intensified focus on the present, as I will argue by drawing on works by Judith Halberstam, Heather Love, Lee Edelman, and others.
Session Cancelled: