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Symposium: Literature and Institutions



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DAY 1 (Tue, 20 June 2017)


9.30 - 10.00 Welcome Address
Andreas Langenohl (JLU Giessen)
10.00 - 11.30

Literature and Institutions in Early Modern Europe
Chair: Alexander Scherr (JLU Giessen)


Kirsten Dickhaut (University of Stuttgart):

Instituting Theatrical Culture: The Example of the Court of Louis XIV


Ingo Berensmeyer (JLU Giessen):

Manuscript, Print, Performance: Institutions of 'Literature' in Early Modern England

11.30 - 11.45 COFFEE BREAK
11.45 - 13.15

Literature as an Emerging Institution: The Nineteenth Century
Chair: Isabel Kalous (GCSC)


Tom Clucas (JLU Giessen):

'Unacknowledged Legislators'?: Literature and the State in Great Britain


Florian Sedlmeier (FU Berlin):

The Field Imagination and the Market in the United States

13.15 - 15.00 LUNCH BREAK
15.00 - 16.30

Literature as an Institution of Criticism: The Twentieth Century
Chair: Elizabeth Kovach (IPP)


Sonja Schillings (GCSC):

Rescaling Reality with Gregory Corso’s The Bomb


Annette Simonis (JLU Giessen):

Ecocriticism and Poetry: Durs Grünbein's Poetry as Institutional Criticism

16.30 - 18.00 BREAK
18.00 - 20.00

Keynote Lecture
Chair: Alexandra Effe (GCSC)


Mark McGurl (Stanford University):

Being and Time-Management: Fictions of Opportunity Cost in the Long Age of Amazon

DAY 2 (Wed, 21 June 2017)

10.00 - 12.00

Workshop with Mark McGurl (Stanford University)

Registration open until 14 June 2017 (email to: )!

12.00 - 13.00 LUNCH BREAK/Registration

13.00 - 14.30

Interdisciplinary Panel 1: Organizing Principles: Forms, Context, Canons
Chair: Wibke Schniedermann (GCSC)


Teresa Streiß (GCSC): I Am a Reading Hero: The Gender Discourse in German Literary Education

Dominik Zechner (New York University): A Ruhm of One's Own: Prize-Granting and Institutional Exposure

Tim Sommer (Heidelberg University): 19th-Century Lecture Culture and Literary Historical Narratives of the 'Fall into Institutionality'

14.30 - 14.45 COFFEE BREAK
14.45 - 16.15

Interdisciplinary Panel 2: Literature and Media Change
Chair: Laura Schlichting (GCSC)


Melanie Stralla (University of Wuppertal): Editing and (Con)textual Changes: A Provençal Epic in Germany

Ann-Marie Riesner (GCSC): From Early Hypertext Experiments to Contemporary Internet Novels: The Search for Internet Aesthetics in German-speaking Literature

Michaela Beck (TU Dresden): Repositioning the Novel in the 21st Century: Joshua Ferris's Then We Came to the End and the 'Rise of Creative Industries'

16.15 - 16.30 COFFEE BREAK
16.30 - 17.30 Concluding Discussion
Chair: Natalya Bekhta (Helsinki University)

If you require childcare for the duration of the conference, please contact before June 07, 2017.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Mark McGurl is Professor of English at Stanford University, where his scholarly work centers on the relation of literature to social, educational and other institutions from the late 19th century to the present. He teaches a range of classes on American literature and related topics. He is Director of the Stanford Center for the Study of the Novel, and also works with the Stanford Literary Lab.

McGurl is the author of The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing (Harvard), which was the recipient of the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism for 2011. McGurl’s previous book was The Novel Art: Elevations of American Fiction after Henry James (Princeton). He has also published articles in journals such as Critical Inquiry, Representations, American Literary History, and New Literary History.

McGurl received his BA from Harvard, then worked at the New York Times and the New York Review of Books. He earned his PhD in comparative literature from Johns Hopkins, and until 2011 taught at UCLA. He has held fellowships from Office of the President of the University of California and the Stanford Humanities Center, and been a Hurst Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Contact and Directions

Contact and Directions


Dr. Sonja Schillings

Postdoctoral Researcher / Assistant Graduate Studies Executive

+49 641 / 99-30 056 (Office)

+49 641 / 99-30 041 (Secr.)


Coming by airplane:

You can take the train from the Frankfurt airport train station to the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) in Frankfurt. From there take a regional train to Giessen (s. and then a bus or train to the GCSC.

Find us by train:

From Giessen railway station: take regional train to "Giessen Licher Strasse" (s. Please take a look at the map below to find your way to the GCSC building from the station.

Find us by bus:

From Giessen railway station: bus route number 10 goes directly to Rathenaustraße (alternatively take the bus number 5 or 24 to Marktplatz  and then change to line 801 or 802 to Rathenaustraße). When you arrive at Rathenaustraße, you will see the main buildings of the Philosophikum I.

Bus line number 2 in the direction of Eichendorffring stops at Graudenzer Straße.

Please take a look at this map to find your way to the GCSC building:

GCSC Karte

Here you will find the current route planner:

Or by car

If you are letting a route planner create the best route for you, or if you are using a GPS/Navigation system, simply enter the address: Alter Steinbacher Weg 38, 35394 Giessen.

Directions from the A5:

From the South:

Follow the A5 toward Kassel. Turn off the A5 at the junction Gambacher Kreuz toward Giessen and get on the A45. Turn onto the A485 toward Giessen. Get off the A485 at the junction Giessen-Schiffenberger Tal toward the university and get on Schiffenberger Weg. Stay on the Schiffenberger Weg and turn right at the Burger King onto Rathenaustraße. Follow until Alter Steinbacher Weg then turn left. Take the first left and you will be in the parking lot behind the university library. The GCSC building is now directly in front of you, and you will recognise it by its blue blinds between the windows.

From the North:

Take the A5 towards Frankfurt, Giessen. Change at the junction Reiscirchener Dreieck from the A5 to the A480 towards Dortmund, Giessen. At the Giessener Nordkreuz change to the A485 towards Giessen, Stadtmitte. Get off the A485 at the junction Giessen-Schiffenberger Tal and get onto Schiffenberger Weg. Stay on Schiffenberger Weg and turn right at the Burger King onto Rathenaustraße. Follow until Alter Steinbacher Weg then turn left. Take the first left and you will be in the parking lot behind the university library. The GCSC building is now directly in front of you, and you will recognise it by its blue blinds between the windows.