Ein Symposion zu Ehren Walter Kempowskis
zum 75. Geburtstag des Schriftstellers

Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, Michigan (near Detroit)

April 7 - 9, 2004


“Recent German History as Literature – Voices of the People
in the Works of Walter Kempowski ”

The Planning Committee for this International Symposium invites papers on, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Chronicler of the German Bourgeoisie, the Fate of Families and a Nation
  2. Chronicler of the Third Reich and Contemporary of the Holocaust
  3. Der Zweite Weltkrieg — Fragen der Verantwortung und der deutschen Haltung
  4. Kempowski as Pedagogue and as Creator of Pedagogical Figures in his Fiction
  5. The Art of Kempowski’s Diaries
  6. The Achievements of Kempowski as Author of Hörspiele
  7. The Achievements of Kempowski as Autobiographer
  8. Genre Preferences, Narrative Methods
  9. Techniques of Distancing in Order not to Judge
  10. Der Humor und das Komische in den Werken Kempowskis
  11. Kempowski’s Art of the Literary Montage
  12. The Effectiveness and Problems of Film Versions of Walter Kempowski’s Works
  13. Kempowski's Innovative Use of Modern Technology
  14. Didacticizing a Work of Kempowski for the DaF Literature Class
  15. Assessing Kempowski’s Place among his Contemporaries
  16. The Appeal of Kempowski for the American Reading Public
  17. Kempowski — His Reception with the Critics


Professor Dr. Jörg Drews, Universität Bielefeld

“Some Reflections on
Walter Kempowski’s Oeuvre”


Deadline Extended:

Enquiries and 300-word abstracts by March 1, 2004 to:

Dr. Carla A. Damiano
Walter Kempowski Symposium
Foreign Languages & Bilingual Studies
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
T: (734) 480-2581
F: (734) 487-3411

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