Call for Papers
The International Charles-Sealsfield-Society,
The German Department at the University of Vienna,
The Department of European and Comparative Literature and Language Studies at the University of Vienna,
The Austrian Society for Literature,
and the Friedrich-Gerstaecker-Society (Braunschweig)
will organize a conference
on October 2nd and 3rd 2008
in the rooms of the Austrian Society for Literature,
Herrengasse 5, 1010 Wien.
American experience and and fictional worlds in European novels around 1850.
Charles Sealsfield’s tales about the USA, Texas and Mexico initiated a flood of European narratives about the New World, whose authors drew on to their own American experience - in marked contrast to earlier writers (and also to later authors like Karl May) who had never seen America. Writers to be mentioned are Friedrich Gerstäcker, Armand Strubberg, Balduin Möllhausen and Otto Ruppius in the German area, Percy B. St. John, George Frederick Ruxton and Mayne Reid in Great Britain, Gabriel Ferry, Paul Duplessis and Gustave Aimard in France, Rudolf Muss in Norway, and many more.
The conference wants to shed some light on this context of Sealsfield’s novels. We are looking for papers on the authors mentioned above (and on others, as well). It would be nice if the papers provided a contrasting look at Sealsfield, but this is no precondition; papers about Sealsfield’s or any other author’s concept of America are equally welcome.
We hope to be able to reimburse participants for their travelling expenses and also for lodging.
Please send short proposals until December 30, 2007, to
ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wynfrid Kriegleder
Institut fuer Germanistik der Universitaet Wien
Dr. Karl-Lueger-Ring 1