Good afternoon everyone!  I’m currently assisting Dr. Sonja Hedgepeth in getting the session below under way (i.e., finding more than one [mine own] paper proposal). This means getting the word out however I can.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in the topic below and fancies a trip to Atlanta in the fall, please get in touch with Dr. Hedgepeth at her email address.  Deadline for paper proposals is July 15.

The 2011 SAMLA Conference is being held November 4-6 in Atlanta, GA.  More information can be found at


German I (Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque)

Voicing the Past

Poets of early literature created in German lands still speak to us today. Their writings generated in Latin, Old High German, medieval German, Judeo-German (early Yiddish), or in later forms of the Renaissance, Reformation, and Baroque periods are still with us, and there is certainly a place for meaningful discussion of the power of their poetry in our world today. The father-son conflict of the “Hildebrandslied” still resonates with readers. The quest and slaying of the dragon and winning the hand of a lovely princess (such as in the “Dukus Horant,” written in Hebrew characters) continue to be the substance of much fantasy role-play and entertainment. Musicians today frequently perform Hildegard von Bingen’s visionary poetry, chanting either in the original or in translation. All proposals dealing with German literature and culture of the Middle Ages, and Renaissance, Reformation, or Baroque periods are invited. Presentations on the meaning of poetry or themes of early German writing vis-à-vis modern society are especially encouraged. By July 15, 2011, please send a 250-word abstract to Sonja Hedgepeth, Middle Tennessee State University, at


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