Panel Proposal for 35th Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association September 22 - September 25, 2011, in Louisville, Kentucky.
“Detective Fiction in Nazi Germany, or Nazi Germany in Detective Fiction: An Inquiry into History and Representation.“
This panel proposes to examine how different authors of detective or crime fiction represent the Third Reich.
The panel would be most interested in detective fiction written in Germany from 1933-1945, if any exists, or in the years immediately before or after, but also welcomes papers on detective fiction in German or other languages that focuses on life in Germany during that period.
In particular, the use of detective fiction to provide views of everyday life in different social milieux in Germany in contrast to or in the context of debates about the art and literature of Inner Emigration would be most welcome. Does detective fiction provide a useful perspective on other literary or artistic genres at the time? Or on life inside Germany under the Nazis? Do the works frame issues that resonate also in current historical scholarship on the period? Do critical and philosophical examinations of the genre in other countries in the same period offer insights into the development of the genre in Germany? Was there a readership for international detective fiction in Germany in the Third Reich? The panel welcomes papers both from scholars of literary or cultural studies and film, as well as from history and the social sciences, on the relation between detective fiction and the Third Reich.
Please send inquiries and abstracts to Neil.H.Donahue@hofstra.edu
Neil H. Donahue
Associate Dean, Honors College
243F East Library Wing, 145 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1450
Tel. (516) 463-5442
Fax (516) 463-4782
Neil H. Donahue
243F East Library Wing
Hempstead, NY 11549
Phone: (516) 463-5442
Fax: (516) 463-4782 Email: neil h. donahue
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