CFP: GSA 2022 – "Techniques and Innovations in the Novel around 1800", Houston (01.03.2022)

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Techniques and Innovations in the Novel around 1800

a GSNA-sponsored panel at the GSA Conference in Houston, TX 15–18. Sept, 2022

One of Friedrich Schlegel’s witty aphorisms states that all of us have a novel inside of us, (KSA, II:156), but not all of us should write it down. What tools were necessary to those who did compose successful novels around 1800? Possibly: narrative, narration, exposition, characterization, suspense, irony, dialogue, motifs, theme, allusions, rhetorical devices, and ?

A number of novelists of the period promote themselves as innovators while others write in a path-blazing style or select unprecedented subjects. Of course, the origins of the novel, as well as travel narratives and other prose fiction genres, can be traced back to well before the ‘Age of Schlegel,’ and consequently most of the techniques are borrowed or familiar. Moreover, concomitant publishers, market-trending readers, and journal critics also impacted the art of the novel at the time. Recent studies of the novel of this long period examine its political import or the rise of nationalism, its gendered identity constructions or constraints, its development of the bildungsroman or its refusal to develop; nevertheless, one may ask more directly: in what ways is the novel “novel”?

This panel seeks contributions that explore the construction of the German novel by reflecting on its innovative forms, techniques, prescriptions, proscriptions, and self-statements. Papers that explore recent theoretical discussions are welcome as are papers that offer provocative analyses of the form or techniques employed in specific 18th-century or 19th-century novels.


Send one-page proposals to by March 1, 2022

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

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