• Literature & Literary Studies
      December 2008

      Krishna Charitra

      by Alo Shome

      Krishna Charitra is a famous Bengali classic where Bankim Chandra endeavours to discover Sri Krishna, the real person, behind centuries of myths and legends. Written in 1886, this was the first instance where the character of Krishna is studied from a pragmatic and questioning perspective. Like his novel Ananda Math, Krishna Charitra originates from Bankim Chandra's passionate feeling of patriotism. He wanted to uphold Sri Krishna as not just a mythological figure, but an ideal Indian character, whom other Indians could look up to. Sri Aurobindo says, Bankim Chandra poured over the Bhagavad Gita and the Vedas striving to catch the deeper and sacred sense of those profound writings. To give that to his countrymen was the strenuous aim of Krishna Charitra. In this translation of Krishna Charitra, several passages of Bankim's academic discussions have been omitted, so as to make it easier for the common reader. Also deleted are the criticisms on the European people that Bankim Chandra includes in his book from time to time. Otherwise, the text strictly follows the structure and the content of the original dissertation.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      February 2020

      New Theoretical Perspectives on Dylan Thomas

      “ A writer of words, and nothing else”?

      by Kieron Smith and Rhian Barfoot

      Dylan Thomas’s reputation precedes him. In keeping with his claim that he held ‘a beast, an angel, and a madman in him’, interpretations of his work have ranged from solemn adoration to dubious mythologising. His many voices continue to reverberate across culture and the arts: from poetry and letters, to popular music and Hollywood film. However, this wide and sometimes controversial renown has occasionally hindered serious analysis of his writing. Counterbalancing the often-misleading popular reputation, this book showcases eight new critical perspectives on Thomas’s work. It is the first to provide in one volume a critical overview of the multifaceted range of his output, from the poetry, prose and correspondence to his work for wartime propaganda filmmaking, his late play for voices Under Milk Wood, and his reputation in letters and wider society. The whole proves that Thomas was much more than his own self-characterisation as a ‘writer of words, and nothing else’.

    • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
      September 2007

      Apocalyptic Futures

      Marked Bodies and the Violence of the Text in Kafka, Conrad, and Coetzee

      by Russell Samolsky

    • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

      We Wear The Mask

      Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Politics of Representative Reality

      by Willie J. Harrell Jr. (author)

      A prolific nineteenth-century author, Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African American poet to gain national recognition. Praised by Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. DuBois, and Frederick Douglass, who called him “the most promising colored man in America,” Dunbar intrigued readers and literary critics with his depictions of African Americans’ struggle to overcome a legacy of slavery and prejudice. His remarkably large body of work—he wrote eleven volumes of poetry, four short story collections, five novels, three librettos, and a play before his death at thirty-three—draws on the oral storytelling traditions of his ex-slave mother as well as his unconventional education at an all-white public school to explore the evolving identity of the black community and its place in post–Civil War America.Willie Harrell has assembled a collection of essays on Dunbar’s work that builds on the research published over the last two decades. Employing an array of approaches to Dunbar’s poetic creations, these essays closely examine the self-motivated and dynamic effect of his use of dialect, language, rhetorical strategies, and narrative theory to promote racial uplift. They situate Dunbar’s work in relation to the issues of advancement popular during the Reconstruction era and against the racial stereotypes proliferating in the early twentieth century while demonstrating its relevance to contemporary literary studies.We Wear the Mask will appeal to scholars and students of African American literature and poetry, as well as those interested in one of the most celebrated and widely taught African American authors.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      June 2017

      Virginia Woolf and the Aesthetics of Vision

      by Claudia Olk

      The category of vision is significant for Modernist texts as well as for the unfolding discourse of Modernism itself. Within the general Modernist fascination with the artistic and experimental possibilities of vision and perception this study looks at Virginia Woolf’s novels and her critical writings and examines the relation between visuality and aesthetics. An aesthetics of vision, as this study argues, becomes a productive principle of narrative. The visual is not only pertinent to Woolf’s processes of composition, but her works create a kind of vision that is proper to the text itself – a vision that reflects on the experience of seeing and renegotiates the relation between the reader and the text. The study investigates key dimensions of aesthetic vision. It addresses vision in the context of theories of aesthetic experience and identifies a semantics of seeing. It analyses functions of symbolic materiality in the presentation of boundaries of perception, modes of temporality and poetic potentialities. In exploring the connections between vision and language, it seeks to provide new perspectives for a reassessment of what occurs in Modernism's relation to vision.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      September 2018

      Christian Krachts Weltliteratur

      Eine Topographie

      by Stefan Bronner, Björn Weyand

      Mit jedem neuen Text des Schweizer Schriftstellers Christian Kracht weitet sich die Topographie seiner literarischen Schauplätze aus und erstreckt sich nach und nach über den gesamten Globus. Damit schreibt Krachts Werk Weltliteratur in einem zeitgemäßen, aufregenden Sinn: Jeder Ort bildet darin einen vorübergehenden Aufenthalt im ästhetischen Dazwischen. Der Band widmet sich den topographischen und poetologischen Dimensionen dieses Schreibens.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      October 2018

      Brigitte Kronauer

      Narrationen von Nebensächlichkeiten und Naturdingen

      by Tanja Hoorn

      Brigitte Kronauers kunstvoll komponierte Prosa ist inhaltlich durch eine offensive Lust am Alltäglichen und - durchaus im Sinne einer neuen politischen Literatur - ein ästhetisches Engagement für die Belange einer bedrohten Natur charakterisiert. Der Band beleuchtet, wie Kronauer Nebensächlichkeiten und Naturdinge in multiperspektivischen Narrationen zusammenführt. Worin bestehen sie also, die "Tricks der Diva"?

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      September 2018

      Zolas Naturalismus

      Kreuzwege der Rougon-Macquart

      by Michael Rieser

      Die Studie unternimmt es, Zolas Rougon-Macquart neu zu lesen und aufzuzeigen, wie der Naturalismus von den Formen, die er zu überwinden antritt, inhibiert wird. Die aufwendig davonargumentierte Heilsgeschichte kehrt im Literalsinn wieder, der zwischen bilderloser Eigentlichkeit und literalisiertem Gnadenwort zu schielen beginnt. Im Ventre de Paris gerät die Auseinandersetzung mit dem historischen Roman gedoppelt in der städtebaulichen Umgestaltung zum Versuch die überkommenen Erzählformen gewaltvoll durch neue zu ersetzen, deren impressionistische Fassade nicht überzeugen will. In Nana mutiert die translatio imperii, Leitallegorie des Second Empire, in der historistischen Gleichzeitigkeit aller Formen, Zeiten und Völker als petrische Travestie des dekadenten Roms zur translatio babylonis. La Joie de vivre ersetzt die Schöpfungsgeschichte in einer kurzschlüssigen Metapher durch den physiologischen Diskurs, dem die ausgelöschte paulinische Lesart als heillose Mystik neu eingeschrieben wird. In L’Œuvre schließlich erscheint im Leitmotivpaar vulnus/vulva, Trophäe des Naturalismus und Ikone der Christologie, das Bild eines Naturalismus unterm Kreuz. Zola schreibt das Evangelium neu als gnadenloses Testament.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      October 2017

      Dimensionen narrativer Sinnstiftung im frühneuhochdeutschen Prosaroman

      Textgeschichtliche Interpretation von 'Fortunatus' und 'Herzog Ernst'

      by Sebastian Speth

      Spätmittelalterliche Prosaromane erzählen von Liebe und Ehre, von Verleumdung und Verrat. Werke wie 'Fortunatus' und 'Herzog Ernst', 'Melusine', 'Tristrant' oder 'Hug Schapler' greifen dafür auf ältere Geschichten zurück. Die vorliegende Arbeit demonstriert anhand von Handschriften und Drucken des 15. bis 19. Jahrhunderts, wie sich dieser Prozess auf der Ebene der Textgeschichte einzelner Werke wiederholt. Denn Überlieferungsbeteiligte überarbeiten die Texte weiter, kürzen, ergänzen oder untergliedern sie und fügen mit Illustrationen und anderen Paratexten weitere Dimensionen hinzu. Ganz gleich, ob diese Eingriffe semantisch intendiert sind oder ökonomischen Logiken folgen, sie variieren den Sinngehalt der Werke und schreiben aktiv an der Literaturgeschichte mit. Sebastian Speth zeigt, wie im vormodernen Bucherzählen haupt- und paratextuelle sowie strukturelle Dimensionen miteinander konkurrieren und dem historischen Rezipienten ein Spektrum möglicher Perspektiven vorgeben, zwischen denen er bei seiner Lektüre wählen kann. Die Arbeit regt auf diese Weise an, Prosaromane ‚überlieferungsgerecht‘ zu interpretieren, das heißt, die Werke in der gleichen Ein- und Vieldeutigkeit ernst zu nehmen, in der sie überliefert sind.)

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      October 2018

      Kommentar

      Das Urtheil des Midas. Geschichte des Philosophen Danischmende. Unterredungen zwischen W.und dem Pfarrer zu. Versuch über das Teutsche Singspiel, und einige dahin einschlagende Gegenstände. Ein Wintermärchen. Essays. Rezensionen. Mai 1775 – April 1776

      by Peter-Henning Haischer, Tina Hartmann

      Christoph Martin Wieland (1733-1813) is one of the most important authors of the Rococo and the Enlightenment. Wieland is regarded as the founder of the Bildungsroman, as well as, the precursor of the Weimar Classic. Wieland earned great merit as an editor and translator. A critical edition of his extensive complete oeuvre, which is offered here in its entirety for the first time, presents an undertaking long due and a notable event in literary history. The 36 volumes will present Wieland's poetic works, as well as, Wieland's decisive translations (among them, Shakespeare and Cicero) in chronological order. Each volume of Wieland's work will be accompanied by a commentary volume. The edition will be of great value to scholars and those interested in German literature and its history. More information on this edition can be found athttp://www.wieland-edition.uni-jena.de/

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      August 2018

      Neo-orthodoxe jüdische Belletristik in Deutschland (1859–1888)

      by Anja Kreienbrink

      Im Zentrum des Bandes steht ein bislang kaum untersuchtes Phänomen der deutsch-jüdischen Literatur: Die beiden neo-orthodoxen Periodika Jeschurun und Der Israelit, die ab der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts als Fortsetzungserzählungen erschienen sind. Diese popularisieren das Ideal einer Partizipation gesetzestreuer Juden an der modernen Gesellschaft und inszenieren das Judentum als Familienreligion in Form von sentimentalen, mehrere Generationen umspannenden Liebesgeschichten. Dieses „Projekt" der Neudefinierung des Judentums, lokalisiert dieses primär im familiären Kontext und zeugt dennoch – oder gerade deshalb – von den komplexen Ordnungs- und Grenzziehungsstrategien des sich pluralisierenden Judentums, sowie einer Neuordnung der Geschlechterrollen. Das Medium der Feuilletonliteratur dient dabei nicht nur der Unterhaltung, sondern fungiert auch als ästhetisches Mittel der religiösen Wissensvermittlung und zeugt zugleich vom Anspruch dieser Literatur, als eigenständige Kunst wahrgenommen zu werden.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      October 2018

      Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner as Music Critics

      n.a.

      by Tobias Taddeo Hermans

      The music reviews of Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner are central documents of 19th-century German musical culture. This book takes a closer look at the way these texts were written and explores the significant contributions Schumann and Wagner made to the discourse of musical appraisal. To that effect, the author raises fundamental questions that have thus far remained unaddressed: What textual features characterize the critical writings? How do Schumann and Wagner understand their roles as critics of music? And in what way do they reach out to the reader? Rather than understanding these critical writings exclusively as a gateway to the compositions and musical aesthetics of Schumann and Wagner, this book analyzes the texts through the lens of pragmatics, narratology and discourse analysis. Using this interdisciplinary perspective, the author proposes to understand Schumann and Wagner within the broader medial and discursive context of German ‘Kritik’. He challenges the dominant narrative that brands Schumann and Wagner as elitist Romantic critics, demonstrating instead that they actively encourage their readers to form their own judgements. This volume is an indispensable resource for scholars of German literature, periodicals and music alike.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      October 2018

      Doing Family in Second-Generation British Migration Literature

      by Corinna Assmann

      Im Kontext der kulturwissenschaftlichen Gedächtnisforschung widmet sich diese interdisziplinär ausgerichtete Reihe dem Verhältnis von Medien und kultureller Erinnerung. Die hier vorgestellten Studien behandeln die ganze Bandbreite der durch Medien konstruierten, tradierten und verbreiteten Erinnerung. Schrift und Bild, das Kino und die ‘neuen’ digitalen Medien, Intermedialität, Transmedialität und Remediation sowie die sozialen, zunehmend transnationalen und transkulturellen, Kontexte der mediatisierten Erinnerung gehören zu denForschungsinteressen der Reihe. Ziel ist es, eine internationale Plattform für die interdisziplinäre Medien- und Gedächtnisforschung zu schaffen. Eingereichte Manuskripte werden im peer review Verfahren durch externe Experten begutachtet. Den Herausgebern, Astrid Erll (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) und Ansgar Nünning (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen) ist ein internationaler Beirat aus renommierten Wissenschaftlern assoziiert: Aleida Assmann (Universität Konstanz) Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam) Vita Fortunati (University of Bologna) Richard Grusin (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) Udo Hebel (Universität Regensburg) Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow) Wulf Kansteiner (Binghamton University) Alison Landsberg (George Mason University) Claus Leggewie (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen) Jeffrey Olick (University of Virginia) Susannah Radstone (University of South Australia) Ann Rigney (Utrecht University) Michael Rothberg (University of Illinois) Werner Sollors (Harvard University) Frederic Tygstrup (University of Copenhagen) Harald Welzer (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen)

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      February 2019

      Miguel de Cervantes y el humanismo europeo

      by Christoph Strosetzki

      This edited volume explores the ways in which Miguel de Cervantes adopted humanist positions, whether he submitted these to critical examination or made them the target of his satires. It tries to determine how familiar Cervantes was with the contemporary developments of humanism in different European countries, and if references to particular humanist thinkers can be identified in his work. The contributions gathered in this volume, all from acknowledged Cervantes experts, tackle among others the following questions: How does Cervantes analyse the humanist connexion between science and virtue? Does Don Quixote’s conflictive reenaction of chivalric novels come from the humanist ideal of 'imitatio'? Do the many dialogues in Cervantes’ work originate in the rhetorical tradition? What is the role of Plato’s aesthetic of the καλὸς κἀγαθός in Cervantes? Does Cervantes portray doctors and jurists as typical members of an ascending bourgeois class? Does he question, like Erasmus or Vives, their professional ethos?

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      November 2018

      Kommentar

      Geschichte des Agathon. Endymions Traum. Musarion, oder die Philosophie der Grazien. Idris. Nadine. Chloe. Vorberichte und Zusätze. April 1766 – Dezember 1769. [100 – 111]

      by Klaus Manger

      Christoph Martin Wieland (1733-1813) is one of the most important authors of the Rococo and the Enlightenment. Wieland is regarded as the founder of the Bildungsroman, as well as, the precursor of the Weimar Classic. Wieland earned great merit as an editor and translator. A critical edition of his extensive complete oeuvre, which is offered here in its entirety for the first time, presents an undertaking long due and a notable event in literary history. The 36 volumes will present Wieland's poetic works, as well as, Wieland's decisive translations (among them, Shakespeare and Cicero) in chronological order. Each volume of Wieland's work will be accompanied by a commentary volume. The edition will be of great value to scholars and those interested in German literature and its history. More information on this edition can be found athttp://www.wieland-edition.uni-jena.de/

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      December 2017

      Philosophie der Verführung in der Prosa der Moderne

      Polnische und deutschsprachige Autoren im Vergleich

      by Agnieszka Helena Hudzik

      Die Studie aus dem Bereich der Philosophie und Anthropologie der Literatur untersucht Verführung als Erschließungskategorie moderner Prosa. Die Hauptachse der Arbeit bilden die komparatistischen Analysen der Werke von Robert Musil, Bruno Schulz und Witold Gombrowicz. Die Autoren benutzten die Kategorie der Verführung in ihren literarischen und theoretischen Texten, um ihre Auffassungen von Kunst, Subjekt und Wirklichkeit zum Ausdruck zu bringen.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      September 2018

      Power and Literature

      Strategies of Subversiveness in the Romanian Novel

      by Florin Oprescu

      At the core of this book lies the much-debated relation between Power (as socio-political phenomenon) and the novel (as literary discourse). It shows that, in a society facing the excess of power in its various forms, novelistic fiction mediates knowledge about societal Power structures and uses specific strategies to subvert and denounce them. The first part of the study is theoretical: it presents some of the most prominent theories of Power, from Plato, Machiavelli, Nietzsche to Weber, Dahl, Lukes, Parsons, Bourdieu or Foucault. After offering a critical approach to the concepts of Power defined in the social, political and philosophical fields, it articulates the relations of Power imprinted in literary discourse within a typology of four categories. In the second part of the book, this taxonomy of Power is applied to four key novels in the context of Romanian "literary crossroads", showing how novelistic fiction not only assume a critical and subversive position against the excess of Power, but also unveils our fragility when experiencing History.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      November 2018

      Landscape's Revenge

      The ecology of failure in Robert Walser and Bernardo Carvalho

      by Caio Yurgel

      Landscape, as it appears and is described throughout the works of Bernardo Carvalho and Robert Walser, provides an excellent—yet virtually unexplored—pathway to the authors’ literary projects. The landscape functions here as a synthetic and unifying figure that triggers, at first, through the analysis of its description per se, the main and most evident elements of the authors’ works. However, when sustained as a methodological figure beyond the scope of its own description, the landscape soon reveals a darker, far more fascinating and far less explored side of the authors’ oeuvres: a vengeful, seemingly defeatist resentment against the status quo, which gives way to the more latent and biting elements of the authors’ prose, such as irony, the unheimlich, an anti-heroic agenda, the apocalyptic aesthetics of a disaster-prone fictional world, as well as an understanding of history and literature through the figures of failure and marginality. By drawing from diverse critical traditions from Latin-America and Europe, this comparative text seeks to unravel, in all of its complexity and scope, the fictional stage upon which Walser’s and Carvalho’s characters narrate, with their dying breath, a world that is slowly undoing itself.

    • Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
      August 2013

      Missing Lu Xun

      by Liu Chunjie

      Gathering all the wooden engraving works on Missing Lu Xun which conveys the memory of Lu Xun and the comprehension on Lu Xun's thought, the author of the book displays the great devotion by Lu Xun to the historical development of the modern culture and wooden engrave. It recalls the simple waving life of Lu Xun and the influence to the coming generations. The book was completed in the continuation of multi-ten articles about the friendly and harmonous life between Lu Xun and common people. Everything is clear and instructive.

    • Literature & Literary Studies
      October 2019

      Gothic Remains

      Corpses, Terror and Anatomical Culture, 1764–1897

      by Laurence Talairach

      Gothic Remains: Corpses, Terror and Anatomical Culture, 1764–1897 traces anatomical culture in Gothic texts from Horace Walpole to Bram Stoker. It shows how the Gothic developed and evolved alongside the medical profession, highlighting intellectual lineages and proposing a genealogy of some of the Gothic texts that marked the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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