CfP: Affektive Verstörungen: Christian Kracht's oeuvre (GSA; October 5-8, 2023, Montréal)

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Call for Papers
October 5, 2023 to October 8, 2023
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, Languages, Literature, Cultural History / Studies

Call for Papers: Affektive Verstörungen: Christian Kracht's oeuvre

Swiss Studies Network (SSN)

Forty-Seventh Annual Conference of the German Studies Association

October 5-8, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Since the appearance of his novel Faserland in 1995, Christian Kracht has been the subject of much debate. Despite being a controversial subject at times, Kracht has enjoyed success in the literary sphere and won several prestigious awards. Kracht’s work spans numerous genres and confronts a variety of themes from alternative histories to colonial fantasies. One critic even referred to Kracht as a “peddler of right-wing ideas” and others have implied that his works exhibit tendencies toward a fascination with totalitarian aesthetics.  With the recent publication of Eurotrash, there is renewed interest in Kracht and his literary figures. As such, we are thrilled to announce a panel dealing with this author and some themes related to his work. Of particular interest to us are elements of intersectionality in Kracht’s work. We invite contributions that include - but are not necessarily limited to - papers on the following themes:

  • Notions of class, privilege, consumption, and economic and material themes
  • Representations and configurations of identity
  • Kracht’s reception in the contemporary Literaturbetrieb
  • Colonial and imperial fantasies
  • Alternative histories
  • Travel and Transportation
  • Totalitarian Aesthetics
  • Authorship, autobiography, and autofiction
  • Violence and power dynamics

Abstracts should be between 200-300 words in English or German. Please submit abstracts before March 5, 2022.

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Tanja Nusser
Department of Asian, East European, and German Studies
University of Cincinnati
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Cincinnati, OH 45221-0372

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