CFP: German Studies, Teaching Literature, and the Rediscovery of Bookshelf Icons. NeMLA, Philadelphia, PA (30. September 2020)

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There are many arguments trending as to why world language departments should tone down their literature offerings. For example, one might hear that "no one reads anything longer than 149 characters anymore" or "the canon has just served to marginalize other voices" and feel besieged. In contrast, this panel seeks to clarify the value of reading literature (novels, plays, poetry, short stories, etc.) and demonstrate what students have to gain by paying the sustained attention (and credit hours) necessary to read German literature. How can we make Grimmelshausen or Goethe relevant for 21st-century students? How can we make texts from the realists to crime fiction novelists, from the Young Germans to the naturalists, come alive for our students and teach them something about the human condition? Please contribute to this important conversation by sending creative theoretical and practical approaches to teaching literature in the German classroom. Any questions may be directed to Traci O'Brien at

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words by 30. September 2020 through NeMLA's portal:

52nd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, 11-14 March 2021, in Philadelphia, PA.



Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Mark-Georg Dehrmann] betreut –