CFP: [Graduate] CFP: "Collecting and Collections in German Literature" (Deadline: January 15)

full name / name of organization: 
Gabriela Stoicea

“Collecting and Collections in German Literature”

20th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Yale University

March 5-6, 2009

Keynote speaker: Mara Wade, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Yale German Graduate Student
Conference, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Yale
University cordially invites submission of paper abstracts on the topic
“Collecting and Collections in German Literature”. We welcome graduate
students to present twenty-minute papers on topics of any era from the
Middle Ages to the present. Submissions on topics pertaining to original
source material in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library are
particularly encouraged.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

--theoretical works on collecting, the collector, the library (e.g. Sigmund
Freud, Walter Benjamin)
--textual collections (selection and arrangement of texts in anthologies,
volumes of poetry by a single author, short story collections, essay
collections, collections of quotations, emblem books, magazines, literary
encyclopedias, etc.)
--images of textual and non-textual collections in literature (libraries,
cabinets of curiosities, art objects, photography, etc.)
--images of orderly collections versus collections gone awry in literature
the relationship between words and images in literary collections (e.g.
emblem books, B. Brecht’s "Kriegsfibel")
--the relationship between a physical collection (e.g. a library or visual
collection) and an author's work, such as J. K. Lavater's image collection
and his "Physiognomische Fragmente", or the library and G.E. Lessing's "Zur
Geschichte und Litteratur. Aus den Schätzen der Herzoglichen Bibliothek zu
--books on book collecting (e.g. "Frauen-Zimmer Bibliotheckgen", 1705, or
Sophie von La Roche's "Mein Schreibtisch", 1799)
--collecting: pathology, epistemic endeavor, or artistic practice?

Highlights of German-language Beinecke holdings:

--incunabula (3,500 titles)
--playing cards (900 German packs)
--16th-century travel literature
--Faber du Faur Collection of Baroque Literature
--17th- and 18th-century map albums
--17th- and 18th-century literary journals (Der teutsche Merkur, Briefe,
die Neueste Literatur betreffend, Bibliothek der elenden Scribenten, Iris,
Pomona, Neue Bibliothek der schönen Wissenschaften, Allgemeine deutsche
Bibliothek, Atheneum, etc.)
--first editions of Lessing, Schiller, Heine, Nietzsche
--Speck Collection of Goetheana (first editions, manuscripts, ephemera, etc.)
--Lavater Collection
--pre-World War II 20th-century Belletristik (George, Rilke, Benn, Brecht,
Expressionists, etc.)
--correspondence of the Kurt Wolff Verlag (~1910-1930; includes
Lasker-Schüler, Werfel, Wedekind, Kirchner and Kafka manuscripts)
--Thomas Mann manuscripts
--Herman Broch manuscripts
--Dimension Archive

More information about original source material at Yale can be found on the
Beinecke website (, the Yale Library website
(, or by contacting Bryn Savage, Assistant to
the Curator of German Literature (

Please submit 200-word abstracts in either English or German to conference
organizers Gabriela Stoicea ( and Bryn Savage
( no later than January 15, 2009. Submissions are
accepted from graduate students only.

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