Panel Topic: Hannah Arendt Today: Politics, Literature, Philosophy
December 27-30, 2007
Submission Deadline: March 28, 2007
Regarded as one of the leading political philosophers of the twentieth century,
Hannah Arendt has recently received increased attention among literary scholars
and intellectuals. Part of the reason for this resurgence in interest doubtlessly
has do with the way in which Arendt herself displayed an ongoing interest in
literature; her book "Men In Dark Times," for example, contains essays on such
figures as Hermann Broch, Walter Benjamin, and Bertolt Brecht. In addition, a
collection of her articles and reviews have recently been published under the
title Reflections on Literature and Culture. At the same time, literature plays a
noticeable if subtle role in a book such as "The Origins of Totalitarianism,"
where Arendt draws upon the writings of Proust, Conrad, and others in order to
support her arguments. This panel invites participants to submit proposals on any
aspect of Arendt’s writings that address literature or literary language and its
relationship to the politica
l and philosophical concerns of contemporary theory. Possible topics include:
Hannah Arendt as reader and critic; the idea of fiction in Arendt’s political
theory; Arendt’s poetics, and their relationship to other modern thinkers (Heidegger
and Benjamin, for example); bringing Arendt’s concepts to bear upon the analysis of
specific texts. Send 250-400 word proposals to Joshua Robert Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org
by March 28, 2007.
Joshua Robert Gold
Department of German and Romance Lang. and Lit.
Johns Hopkins University
Gilman Hall / 3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218 Email: email@example.com
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