2016 MLA Panels

Special GSNA Sessions at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association
Austin, TX, Austin, 7–10 January 2016

Goethe and Cognitive Science, Cognition and Goethe

Presiding: Charlotte Lee, University of Cambridge, Murray Edwards College

  1. “The Sunlike Eye: Historicizing Cognition in Goethe and Uexküll,” Joseph D. O’Neil, University of Kentucky
  2. “Discovering the Urpflanze: Depictions of Empirical Observation in Goethe’s Botanical Writings,” Yevgenya Strakovsky, Stanford University
  3. “Cognitive Problems in Faust,” Christian Peter Weber, Florida State University
  4. “Ottilie’s Learning Disability and the Uncanny Saintliness of Deficient Social Cognition in Die Wahlverwandtschaften,” Donald R. Wehrs, Auburn University, Auburn


Cognitive Science in the Goethezeit

Presiding: John H. Smith, University of California, Irvine

  1. “Goethe and Schiller as Pioneers of Embodied Cognition,” Frederick Amrine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  2. “Phantasy and Cognition: Johannes Müller Reading Goethe,” Edgar Landgraf, Bowling Green State University
  3. “‘Des bildenden Geists werdender Werkstatt’: Hölderlin and the Plasticity of Poetry,” Charlotte Lee, University of Cambridge, Murray Edwards College


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Narratologist

Cooperative panel arranged by the International Society for the Study of Narrative and the Goethe Society of North America

Presiding: Birgit Tautz, Bowdoin College

  1. “Goethe, the Novel, and the ‘Secret Quest for Meaning,’” Karin Anneliese Wurst, Michigan State University
  2. “Narrative Solipsism in Die Leiden des jungen Werthers,” Christopher Chiasson, Indiana University, Bloomington
  3. “A School of Fiction or the Limits of Narrative: Goethe’s Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten,” Sebastian Meixner, University of Tübingen