CFP: German Romanticism and the Revolution in Science

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Deadline Sept 30 (NEMLA, April 7-10, 2011)

NEMLA 2011

German Romanticism and the Revolution in Science

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
April 7-10, 2011

This panel seeks papers that deal with German Romantic works and the revolution in science. Romanticism is usually viewed in opposition to the Enlightenment and the ideal of scientific objectivity, for example Romantic literature is full of fascination with invisible (human) natures, mysterious powers, energies, transformations, and organic change.Yet this rebellion occurred in tandem with the scientific and philosophical revolutions of the early19th century and their focus on a new science of living things where organism was seen as prior to mechanism. Science and literature shared the same commitment for new discoveries in unknown regions, which proponents and critics alike sought to communicate to a general and increasingly more literate public fascinated by concepts of scientific and literary genius.

Please submit a brief biography and 250-500 word abstract to Christa Spreizer at no later than September 30, 2010.

See for information on NeMLA and the convention -- April 7-10, 2011 in New Brunswick, NJ.