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The Eighteenth Century and Aura
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
New Orleans, April 2001

Call for Papers The Origins of Aura
This standard format panel will bring together scholars to reinvestigate one of the pillars of German aesthetics from Kant to Adorno. The following questions will be addressed: Can we take a new look at the aesthetics of autonomous art in eighteenth-century Germany? Was mechanical reproducibility only a problem in twentieth century Weimar? What do studies in eighteenth-century popular culture reveal about the origins of auratic art? How and why did Kant, Goethe, Moritz and company start what Benjamin hoped to dismantle? How can we redefine the relationship between Classical art and fashionable reproductions? What eighteenth-century terms stand in contrast to "authenticity" and "originality"? How did textual and material copies popularize Classicism even as they threaten the uniqueness of its art? A standing panel by the German Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies ASECS¹s 32nd Annual Meeting New Orleans, Louisiana 18-22 April 2001 Organizer: Daniel Purdy, Associate Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures 311 Burrowes Building Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 16802 USA dlp14@psu.edu Please send 200-word proposals by September 11, 2000