Joscha Klueppel (University of Oregon)
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This virtual (online) panel is open to any questions related to
contemporary German dystopian and utopian literature and film: literary
analyses, informed ideas on a specific reoccurring element or motif, questions
on the intersection of dystopia and utopia, but also broader questions of
gender, race, class, social and political criticism through the lens of
dystopia and/or utopia. Thus, the panel has a twofold importance:
1) it opens a new discourse on contemporary German literature and film as both dystopia and utopia as genres are usually disregarded. As such, it not just asks questions of ‘what is a genre?’ and ‘what impact can a genre have?’ but it also wants to find out whether there are continuing motifs in contemporary German literature and film that relate to the dystopian and/or utopian categories.
2) through its focus on dystopia and utopia, this panel also offers potentially new ways of looking at questions of gender, race, and class via the satirical and/or critical nature of dystopia and utopia. Thus, it offers the opportunity of enriching those specific discourses.
Lastly, questions of utopia and dystopia seem to be inherent to the conference topic “City of God, City of Destruction.”