Publikationen

Locating Postcollonial Narrative Genres

This volume explores how postcolonial texts have determined the evolution or emergence of specific formal innovations in narrative genres. While the prominence of questions of cultural identity in postcolonial studies has prevented due attention to concerns of literary form and aesthetics, this book gives premium to the literary, aiming to delineate the evolution of specific narrative techniques as part of an emerging postcolonial aesthetics. Essays delineate elements of an emergent postcolonial narratology across a variety of seminal generic forms, such as the epic, the novel, the short story, the autobiography, and the folk tale, focusing on genre as a powerful tool for the historicizing of literature and orature within cultural discourses. Investigating the heuristic value of concepts such as mimicry, writing back, translation, negotiation, or subversion, the book considers the value of explanatory paradigms for postcolonial generic models. It also explores the status of postcolonial comparative aesthetics versus globalization studies and liberal concepts of the transnational, taking issue with the prominence of Western concepts of identity in discussions of postcolonial literature and the favoring of mimetic forms. This volume offers a unique contribution to the study of narrative genre in postcolonial literatures and provides valuable insight into the field of postcolonial studies on the whole.

Walter Göbel
Saskia Schabio

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Semiotic Encounters: Text, Image and Trans-Nation

Semiotic Encounters: Text, Image and Trans-Nation aims at opening up scholarly debates on the contemporary challenges of intertextuality in its various intersections with postcolonial and visual culture studies. Commencing with three theoretical contributions, which work towards the creation of frameworks under which intertextuality can be (re)viewed today, the volume then explores textual and visual encounters in a number of case studies. While (a) the dimension of the intertextual in the traditional sense (as specified e.g. by Genette) and (b) the widening of the concept towards visual and digital culture govern the structure of the volume, questions of the transnational and/or postcolonial form a recurrent subtext. The volume’s combination of theoretical discussions and case studies, which predominantly deal with ‘English classics’ and their rewritings, film adaptations and/or rereadings, will mainly attract graduate students and scholars working on contemporary literary theory, visual culture and postcolonial literatures.

Walter Göbel
Sarah Säckel

Säckel, Sarah, Walter, Göbel and Noha Hamdy (Eds.) Semiotic Encounters.Text, Image and Trans-Nation. Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2009, 276 pp.

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Short Story Theory: Textsorte und Leseerfahrung

Dieses Buch versucht, die short story anders zu erklären als die Gattungstheorie bisher. Es fragt nicht primär nach den textuellen Eigenschaften, die sie kennzeichnen, sondern nach dem spezifischen Leseerlebnis, das short stories bieten können. Dieser Fragestellung liegt die Annahme zugrunde, dass sich nur hinsichtlich der ästhetischen Erfahrung generelle Unterschiede zu anderen narrativen Formen wie dem Roman feststellen lassen. Doch dieser Erklärungsansatz will auch Kategorien für die literarische Wertung ermitteln, indem er untersucht, welche short stories im Gedächtnis haften bleiben. Dies scheint dann der Fall zu sein, wenn ihnen glückt, worauf short stories mehr als andere Erzählungen angewiesen sind, nämlich ihre Leserinnen und Leser kognitiv zu beteiligen, indem sie die visuelle Imagination ansprechen und/oder die gedankliche Extrapolation herausfordern.

Renate Brosch

Brosch, Renate. Short Story Theory: Textsorte und Leseerfahrung. Trier: wvt, 2007.

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visualisierungen

Visualisierungen: Textualität – Deixis – Lektüre

Dieser Band thematisiert unterschiedliche Möglichkeiten des visuellen Appells von literarischen Texten. Aus der Perspektive verschiedener Philologien sowie der Medienwissenschaft werden Themen aus dem Gebiet der Visual Culture verhandelt. Die interdisziplinäre Zusammenarbeit geht auf eine Tagung zum Verhältnis von Literatur und Visualisierung zurück, deren gemeinsames Anliegen in der Diskussion von Thesen zur Materialität, Medialität und Wirkungsweise von literarischer Bildlichkeit bestand. Einige der Beiträge beschäftigen sich anhand von Fallbeispielen mit Text-Bild-Relationen, ekphrastischen Strategien oder mit dem Wechselspiel von Wahrnehmungsdiskursen und Literatur. Andere untersuchen literarische Verhandlungen von Ästhetik und Künstlerthematik und weitere Artikel nehmen den visuellen Charakter der Schrift in den Blick. Zwei narratologisch orientierte Beiträge befassen sich mit "Visualisierung" als Teil des mentalen Rezeptionsvorgangs bei der Lektüre. Ein historischer Überblick gilt der Entwicklung der Erzählperspektive.

Renate Brosch
Ronja Tripp

Brosch, Renate und Ronja Tripp, Hg. Visualisierungen: Textualität – Deixis – Lektüre. Literatur, Imagination, Realität 41. Trier: wvt, 2007.

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disaffections

Postcolonial (Dis-)Affections

In the last few years, the postcolonial world has been mapped with the help of economic, social, political and linguistic methodologies, which have helped us to understand how mechanisms of subjection and resistance play out in imperialist, neo-imperialist and globalizing contexts and how cultural norms and sign systems are translated in the process. There is, however, also an 'inside' story to intercultural contact, a story concerning the psychological and the affective dimensions, which shows up in collections of letters, in autobiographies, in novels and plays. This story has traditionally been mapped onto binary oppositions of containment vs. lack of restraint, of mind vs. body, which have led to stereotypical projections, for example of the noble savage, of the cannibal, of Western returns to savagery (Heart of Darkness) or of afrocentric concepts of the 'sun people' vs. the 'ice people'. While acknowledging this history of the mapping of the passions and emotions, the essays in this volume attempt to move beyond traditional oppositional images and to anticipate more intricate - though generally not yet symmetrical - forms of intercultural exchange, which result when affections - along with the disaffections they quite often inspire - are translated. The main focus of this collection of essays is on an extended version of the Black Atlantic and thus follows up some themes from our former volume Beyond the Black Atlantic (London: Routledge, 2006). Questions of silencing, alienation and stereotyping are raised in many of the contributions (Benjamin-Labarthe, Kossew, Msiska), paired with more optimistic appraisals of emotional exchanges and strategies of self-assertion (Ashcroft, Ahrens, Schabio). This volume was inspired by a number of conferences in the field of postcolonial studies which were held at the University of Stuttgart.

Walter Göbel

Göbel, Walter und Saskia Schabio, Hg. Postcolonial (Dis-)Affections. Trier: wvt, 2007.

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conrad

Conrad in Germany



Walter Göbel
Martin Windisch

Göbel, Walter, Hans Ulrich Seeber und Martin Windisch, HG. Conrad in Germany Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives, Vol. XVI. Boulder, et al.: Clumbia UP, 2007.
abjectdesire

The Abject of Desire: Gender and The Aestheticization of the “Unaesthetic” in Contemporary Literature and Art

The Abject of Desire approaches the aestheticization of the unaesthetic via a range of different topics and genres in twentieth-century Anglophone literature and culture. The "experience of disgust", which Winfried Menninghaus describes as "an acute crisis of self-preservation", is correlated with conceptualizations of gender in theories of the abject/abjection. In view of this general crisis of identity in the experience of disgust, the contributions to this volume discuss examples of the aestheticization of the unaesthetic in cultural representations and locate conceptual (re)codings of the body, gender, and identity with regard to the abject as an immediate and uncompromising experience on the one hand, and a social and political phenomenon on the other. Considering a variety of cultural narratives by writers as diverse as Samuel Delany, Sarah Schulman, Joyce Carol Oates, Leslie Marmon Silko, Paul Magrs, J. G. Ballard, Stevie Smith, T. C. Boyle, Joseph Conrad, Poppy Z.Brite, and Will Self, by film directors John Waters and Peter Greenaway, playwrights Girish Karnad and Mahesh Dattani, and "body artist" Gunter von Hagens, the contributors to this volume scrutinize different implications of the ambivalent concept of the abject/abjection.

Monika Müller

Kutzbach, Konstanze und Monika Mueller. Hg. The Abject of Desire: Gender and The Aestheticization of the “Unaesthetic” in Contemporary Literature and Art. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007. Co-editor: Konstanze Kutzbach.
magic

Magic, Science, Technology and Literature

In our scientifically and technologically orientated society magic has not vanishe - on the contrary. Literature, pictures, film, music and other art forms using magical themes and images are more popular than ever. The four parts of this volume, Magical Renaissance, Cultural Transformations, Scientific Perspectives, and Media Differences, illuminate the interface between magic, science, technology, and literature from Antiquity to the present day, providing theoretical frameworks on the one hand and case studies on the other. Taking into account wider socio-historical and cultural contexts, the contributions map out a complex field of artistic, scientific, philosophical, religious, historical and social discourses about magic.


Martin Windisch

Mildorf, Jarmila, Hans Ulrich Seeber und Martin Windisch, Hg. Magic, Science, Technology and Literature. Reihe: Kultur und Technik. Schriftenreihe des Internationalen Zentrums für Kultur- und Technikforschung der Universität Stuttgart Bd. 3. Berlin: Literaturverlag, 2006.

victorian_visual_culture

Brosch, Renate und Merle Tönnies, Hg. Victorian Visual Culture.

Beitragende:

Rainer Emig (Regensburg), Julika Griem (Darmstadt), Klaus Hentschel (Stuttgart), Silvia Mergenthal (Konstanz), Rebecca Pohl (Stuttgart), Virginia Richter (Bern), Gabriele Rippl (Bern), Susanne Scholz (Frankfurt), Sabine Schülting (Berlin), Gesa Stedman (Berlin), Merle Tönnies (Paderborn), Eckart Voigts-Virchow (Siegen), Chris Whitehead (Newcastle)

 Renate Brosch

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Göbel, Walter und Saskia Schabio, Hg. Locating Transnational Ideals.

This volume defines versions of the transnational in their historical and cultural specifity.  By "locating," the contributors contextualize historical and contemporary understandings of the fluid term "transnational," which vary in relation to the disciplines involved. This kind of historical and geographical "locating" implicitly turns against forms of contemporary transnational euphoria which, inspired by poststructural models of all-encompassing semiospheres, on the one hand, and by visions of the utopian communicative potential of new media like the internet, on the other, see national and ethnic paradigms as easily superseded by transnational agendas. By differentiating between various forms of transnational ideals and ideas in historical and geographical perspective since the Renaissance, the contributors aim to rediscover distinctions -- for instance between transnationalisms and cosmopolitanisms -- which neo-liberal transnational euphoria has tended to erase.

Beitragende:

Bill Ashcroft (Hong Kong), Heinz Antor (Köln), Timothy Brennan (Minneapolis), Tobias Döring (München), Laura Doyle (Amherst), Joachim Frenk (Saarbrücken), Keya Ganguly (Minneapolis), Noha Hamdi (Stuttgart), Christian Krug (Erlangen), Bärbel Küster (Stuttgart), Elyette Benjamin-Labarthe (Bordeaux), Mpalive Msiska (London), Horst Pietschmann (Hamburg), (Stuttgart), Hans Ulrich Seeber (Stuttgart), Stephen Shapiro (Warwick), Gauri Viswanathan (New York), Chantal Zabus (Paris)

Renate Brosch
Walter Göbel
Sarah Säckel
Saskia Schabio

Ziegler, Heide. "William Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying': Making the Reader Remember." in: Approaches to Teaching As I Lay Dying,2008.

Heide Ziegler

Ziegler, Heide. “John Barth” and “William H. Gass.” in: The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Fiction, 2008.

Heide Ziegler

krimkrieg
Maag, Georg, Wolfram Pyta und Martin Windisch, Hg. Der Krimkrieg als erster europäischer Medienkrieg. Berlin: LIT, 2010.

Der Krimkrieg (1853 - 1856) markiert einen historischen Einschnitt. In vielerlei Hinsicht steht er im Zeichen bahnbrechender Neuerungen: Er ist der erste photographisch dokumentierte Krieg. Er bringt den ersten Kriegsberichterstatter in der Geschichte des Journalismus hervor. Er liefert das erste Beispiel einer Materialschlacht; erstmals stehen hier in Gestalt von Eisenbahn, Dampfschiff oder Telegraphie die revolutionären Technologien des 19. Jahrhunderts zur Verfügung.

Merkwürdigerweise nimmt der Krimkrieg in den großen, dem 19. Jahrhundert gewidmeten Interpretationen, aber auch in der Diskussion über das Verhältnis von technischer und ästhetischer Moderne kaum einen Platz ein. Erst durch das medienwissenschaftliche Interesse an der "visual history" und die Einsicht in den komplexen Zusammenhang zwischen "Bildern des Krieges und Krieg der Bilder" hat der Krimkrieg jüngst wieder allgemeinere Aufmerksamkeit erlangt.

Beitragende:

Phillip Alexandre (Nancy), Winfried Baumgart (Mainz), Frank Becker (Münster), Joëlle Bolloch (Paris), Didier Francfort (Nancy), Susi Frank (Konstanz), Julika Griem (Darmstadt), Ulrich Keller (Santa Barbara), Hans-Christof Kraus (Passau), Georg Maag (Stuttgart), Ansgar Nünning (Gie§en), Wolfram Pyta (Stuttgart), Susanne Roth (Stuttgart), Hans Ulrich Seeber (Stuttgart), Oliver Stenzel (Stuttgart),

Martin Windisch

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