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Die Relationalität textueller Räumlichkeit
Der Band erkundet die Möglichkeiten t(r)opologischen Denkens und eröffnet damit ein neues Theorieparadigma für die Literaturwissenschaften und darüber hinaus.
Warum ist die Topologie in unserer globalisierten Kultur so zentral? Aus verschiedenen disziplinären Blickwinkeln und mit Fokus auf dem 20. Jahrhundert wird in diesem Band das Topologisch-Werden der Kultur untersucht und mit der sprachlich bedingten Tropologie in ein Verhältnis der reziproken Vermittlung gebracht. Gerade wegen ihrer tropologischen Verfasstheit und der Multiplizität möglicher interner wie externer Bezüge und Strukturierungsmöglichkeiten bieten literarische Texte ein besonderes Medium, um sich der topologischen Frage zu nähern: Wie kann man Relationen vor Elementen und Raum als Relationierung denken?
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The African American Novel in the Early Twenty-First Century comprises fourteen essays, each focussing on recent, widely known fiction by acclaimed African American authors. This volume showcases the originality, diversity, and vitality of contemporary African American literature, which has reached a bewildering yet exhilarating stage of disruption and continuity between today and yesterday, homegrown and diasporic identities, and local and global interrelatedness. Additionally, it delves into the complexity of the Black literary imagination and its interaction with broader cultural contexts. Lastly, it reflects on the evolution of the African American community, its tribulations, triumphs, challenges, and prospects.
Emblematics and the Brazilian Avant-Garde (1920-30s)
In Antropofagia, Aarnoud Rommens shows how this Brazilian avant-garde movement (1920-30s) deconstructed early tendencies in the European vanguard. Through imaginative re-readings, the author reinterprets Antropofagia’s central texts and images as elements within an ever-changing, neo-baroque memory palace. Not only does the movement subvert established conceptions of the pre- and postcolonial; it is also a counter-colonial critique of verbal and visual literacy. To do justice to the dynamic between visibility and legibility, Rommens develops the inventive methodology of ‘emblematics’. The book’s implications are wide-ranging, prompting a revaluation of the avant-garde as a transmedial tactic for disrupting our reading and viewing habits.
The film District 9 made waves as an allegory of apartheid on the big screen, but it has not yet been given its rightful place as a landmark depiction within broader visual cultural studies of Johannesburg and cities in the Global South.

In this book, Landi Raubenheimer argues that District 9’s portrayal of Johannesburg reverberates within a larger body of representations of the city, collectively shaping a unique visual ‘idiom’ for the post-apartheid city as nostalgic dystopia. Delving deeply into District 9, Raubenheimer brings to light the fascination that images of the city as nostalgic dystopia has held for filmmakers, photographers, viewers, and lovers of Johannesburg alike.