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Der Tod der schönen Antike
1862 erscheint Gustave Flauberts Roman Salammbô. Ort und Handlung sind in ferner Vergangenheit angesiedelt. Karthago ist ein blinder Fleck auf der Landkarte der historischen Überlieferung. Gerade deswegen wählt Flaubert diese Stadt.
Nordafrikanische Landschaften, Stadtansichten der Seerepublik Karthago, pompöser Reichtum und kulturelle Artifizialität in Speisen, Sitten und Kleidung, monumentale Schlachten, grausame Bilder des Krieges und der ausschweifenden Gewalt an Mensch und Tier bilden die Szenen des neuen Romans. »Leute von schlechtem Geschmack« sind nach Flaubert solche, die »verschönern, reinigen und sich illusionieren, die verändern, kratzen und wegnehmen« und gleichwohl meinen, sie seien Klassiker. Die Aufsprengung der normativen Antike-Ansicht bedeutet für Flaubert, Klischees und abgenutzte Phrasen aufzubrechen neue Sprachformen zu erfinden. Er eröffnet damit den Blick auf eine archaische Antike und auf das Phänomen der Gewalt in der Moderne.
Le nouveau fantastique de Jean-Pierre Andrevon analyse les facettes étranges du fantastique de Jean-Pierre Andrevon, écrivain contemporain appelé le « King » ou « Lovecraft » français. Andrevon propose une nouvelle vision du fantastique ancré profondément dans le quotidien contemporain, en apparence monotone et banal, dans lequel évoluent aussi bien ses personnages que ses lecteurs. L’auteur révèle ainsi le revers angoissant du monde, qui devient une source d’horreur puissante car familière au lecteur : catastrophes naturelles (pandémies mystérieuses, désastres climatiques, fin de l’Anthropocène) et historiques (guerres, totalitarismes), problèmes sociaux et psychologiques (folie, psychoses collectives, solitude). Un signe emblématique du fantastique andrevonien est également son dialogue avec le cinéma d’horreur.

Le nouveau fantastique de Jean-Pierre Andrevon analyses the uncanny facets of the fantastic by Jean-Pierre Andrevon, a contemporary writer called “the French Stephen King” or “the French H.P. Lovecraft". Andrevon presents a new vision of the fantastic, deeply rooted in contemporary everyday life, seemingly monotonous and banal, in which both his characters and his readers evolve. Thus, the author reveals a different, harrowing side of the world familiar to the reader, as it turns into a powerful source of horror: natural catastrophes (mysterious pandemics, climate-related disasters, end of the Anthropocene), historical tragedies (wars, totalitarianism), social and psychological problems (madness, collective psychosis, loneliness). Another hallmark of Andrevonian fantastic is its dialogue with horror cinema.
In Mobilities and Cosmopolitanisms in African and Afrodiasporic Literatures, Anna-Leena Toivanen explores the representations and relationship of mobilities and cosmopolitanisms in Franco- and Anglophone African and Afrodiasporic literary texts from the 1990s to the 2010s. Representations of mobility practices are discussed against three categories of cosmopolitanism reflecting the privileged, pragmatic, and critical aspects of the concept.
The main scientific contribution of Toivanen’s book is enhancing dialogue between postcolonial literary studies and mobilities research. The book criticises reductive understandings of ‘mobility’ as a synonym for migration, and problematizes frequently made links between mobility and cosmopolitanism. Mobilities and Cosmopolitanisms adopts a comparative approach to Franco- and Anglophone African and Afrodiasporic literatures, often discussed separately despite their common themes and parallel paths.
Volume Editors: Clifford Davidson and Sophie Oosterwijk
This edition of John Lydgate’s Dance of Death offers a detailed comparison of the different text versions, a new scholarly edition and translation of Guy Marchant’s 1485 French Danse Macabre text, and an art-historical analysis of its woodcut illustrations.
It addresses the cultural context and historical circumstances of Lydgate’s poem and its model, the mural of 1424-25 with accompanying French poem in Paris, as well as their precursors, notably the Vado mori poems and the Legend of the Three Living and the Three Dead. It discusses authorship, the personification and vizualisation of Death, and the wider dissemination of the Dance. The edited texts include commentaries, notes, and a glossary.
Volume Editors: Klaus Beekman and Antje von Graevenitz