Funded by The Leverhulme Trust

Censored by Forgetfulness: Neglected German Narrative Prose from 1840 to 1914

A one-day conference as part of the project 'Rare German Narrative Prose 1840-1940'

15th June 2012

Room 136, Old Library, University of Exeter

We are going to hold a one-day conference as part of the project 'Rare German Narrative Prose 1840-1940', funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project is designed to promote a differentiated understanding of German prose since the middle of the nineteenth century. Gert Vonhoff investigates the oppressed trends within bourgeois realism; Sabrina Stolfa analyses the impact of the emergence of Angestellte (white collar workers) on narrative prose and Beke Sinjen’s field of research is early working class prose. This way we aim to reconnect with a literary phase over-researched on the one hand, and neglected on the other.

Guest speakers will be Prof Baßler, Professor in Modern German Literature at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Dr Ruth Whittle, Lecturer in German Studies at the University of Birmingham, and Hanneliese Palm, Head of Institute and Archive at the Fritz-Hüser-Institut, Dortmund.

Areas of interest for the seminar encompass neglected authors, literary trends and sub-genres, affinities between history, culture and literature as well as lesser-known prose of well-known authors. The people running the Leverhulme project will present their findings, which include the influence of sciences on literature, parameters and aesthetic judgements of working class prose and development of a female voice relating to the literature of Angestellte.

We very much hope that you will be inspired by the above topics and will be our guest for the day. If you intend to join us, please let us know by 8 June, stating also whether you would like to book a buffet lunch and refreshments.

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