116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Germanic Studies

Session Chair: 
Olivia Albiero, San Francisco State University
Session 6: Saturday 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Miller Hall 231
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  1. William Christopher Burwick, Hamilton College
    As a reaction to industrialization, an emotional need for an unspoiled, uncorrupted nature was met in literary depictions of the fragile survival of inhabitants of such a world. This paper will explore the Romantic construct of nature, inhabited by the “noble savage”  and his fictional representation in the poems of Goethe, Johann Gottfried Seume, and Adalbert von Chamisso.
  2. Dustin Lovett, "University of California, Santa Barbara"
    This paper analyzes the developing depiction of music in German literature as the expression of an uncanny, generative force from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s ecstatic critical reflections on instrumental music and short prose pieces including “Ritter Gluck” to its darker and more ambivalent treatment in Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus.
  3. Saein Park, UC Santa Cruz
    This paper reconsiders cultural-critical potentials of Johann Nestroy’s farcical play Der böse Geist Lumpazivagabundus (1833). Its focus is on how the play unsettles normative ‘roles’ of modern bourgeois society, by ridiculing the conceptions of handiwork, master-apprentice relationship, labor, and fortune. In responding to the anxieties and aspirations of the 19th-century Viennese audience, Nestroy’s stage, as I will argue, constitutes a performative critique of the dominant discourses of Volk, Pöbel, and Lumpen
  4. Emina Musanovic, Linfield College
    Jenny Erpenbeck’s novel Visitation (2010) is an inventory of manifestations of forced displacement. I examine the narrative strategies Erpenbeck deploys to narrate precarious conditions of forcefully displaced persons. In particular, I investigate how Erpenbeck reconfigures the Heimat concept to make room for other conceptions of belonging. Working with Erpenbeck’s novel, I present a framework for an approach to narratives of displacement within the context of German Area Studies.
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