Das Promotionshandbuch

Die Doktorarbeit erfolgreich schreiben, verteidigen und präsentieren

Norbert Franck

Thorsten Roelcke and Christian Efing

Zur Wiedervorlage

Eichendorffs Texte und ihre Poetologien

Edited by Claudia Liebrand and Thomas Wortmann

Zu behaupten, dass die Eichendorff-Forschung boomt, wäre gewagt. Das hat viele Gründe. Manche Texte Eichendorffs gelten gemeinhin als ‚ausinterpretiert‘, andere Texte stoßen bei germanistischen Rezipienten auf Zurückhaltung – auch derjenigen, die Eichendorff nicht für einen randständigen Romantiker, sondern für ein Schwergewicht der deutschen Literatur halten.
Der Band plädiert mit Nachdruck für eine erneute Auseinandersetzung mit Eichendorffs Œuvre. Dazu richtet er einerseits den Blick auf Texte, die die Forschung bislang nur am Rande interessiert haben, andererseits unternimmt er den Versuch, auch häufig interpretierte Texte und Topoi einer Revision zu unterziehen.

Anfangen und Aufhören

Kulturwissenschaftliche Zugänge zum Ersten und Letzten

Edited by Stefan Neuhaus and Petra Kindhäuser

Die Deutschen und das Recht

Studien zur politischen Idee der Germanistik, 1806-1814

Christian Lück

Viele namhafte Intellektuelle, Dichter, Juristen, Historiker, Philologen waren um 1800 von dem Gedanken besessen, dass ein deutscher Nationalstaat nur durch die Überwindung des »fremden« römischen Rechts und Wiederherstellung eines »einheimischen« Rechts erreicht werden könnte.
Noch 1846 hielt das spätere Mitglied der Frankfurter Nationalversammlung Georg Beseler das Römische Recht für ein »Nationalunglück«. Damit schrieb er einen Gedanken fort, der mit Beginn der »Deutschen Bewegung« im 18. Jahrhundert vorgetragen wurde. Christian Lück untersucht den Diskurs von Justus Möser, der um 1770 Goethe und Herder wichtige Anregungen geliefert hat, über Savignys Historische Rechtsschule, die politische Romantik, Fichte, Kleist, Adam Müller, die Gebrüder Grimm bis zum Germanistentag 1846. Die Studien verstehen sich als Beitrag zur Gründungsgeschichte der Germanistik als historischer Wissenschaft des Deutschen.


Paolo Euron

This book introduces the reader to the literary work and to an understanding of its cultural background and its specific features. In doing so, it refers to two main traditions of Western culture: one of aesthetics and the theory of art and the other of literary theory. In our postmodern world, language and artistic creation (and above all literature as the art of language) occupy a special role in understanding of the human world and become existential issues. A critical attitude requires knowledge of the relevant past in order to understand what we are today. The author presents key topics, ideas, and representatives of aesthetics, theory, and the interpretation of works of art in an historical perspective, in order to explain the Western tradition with constant attention to the present condition.

Aesthetics, Theory and Interpretation of the Literary Work offers an outline of essential concepts and authors of aesthetics and theories of the literary work, presenting basic topics and ideas in their historical context and development, considering their relevance to the contemporary debate, and highlighting the specificity of the experience of the art work in our present world. The best way to approach a work of art is to enjoy it. In order to enjoy a literary work, we have to consider its correct context and its specific artistic qualities. Aesthetics, Theory and Interpretation of the Literary Work is conceived as a general and enjoyable introduction to the experience of the work of art in Western culture.

Bodies in Flux

Embodiments at the End of Anthropocentrism


Edited by Barbara Braid and Hanan Muzaffar

This volume offers an insight into a selection of current issues of embodiment and other related aspects, such as identity, gender, disability, or sexuality, discussed on the basis of examples from contemporary culture and social life. Inspired by Donna Haraway’s concept of the cyborg as a transgressor of boundaries, the book examines fluidity of post-human bodies – from cyber relations to others and to self, enabled by the latest technologies, through fragmented, prostheticised, monstrous or augmented body of popular culture and lifestyles, to the dis/utopian fantasies offered by literary texts – showing how difficult it still is in current culture to let go of the stable boundaries towards the post-gender world Haraway imagines.

Contributors are Dawn Wooley, Anna Pilińska, Barbara Braid, Jana Reynolds, Julio Ernesto Guerrero Mondaca, Ana Gabriela Magallanes Rodríguez, Katharina Vester, Wojciech Śmieja and Hanan Muzaffar.


Une identité trinitaire


Béatrice Didier

Par sa situation historique, par la variété des expériences qu'il a vécues, Chateaubriand dans les Mémoires d'Outre-tombe semble parfois être pris de vertige : comment affirmer qu'il est bien le même ? La défense de la liberté lui semble être une constante de son identité. Mas ce combat suffit-il à gommer ses contradictions ? N'y a-t-il pas des failles dans le portrait qu'il entend donner de lui-même ? Faut-il les camoufler, ou permettent-elles, au contraire, d'explorer la richesse d'un (ou plusieurs) moi virtuel qui sous-tendrait toute son existence et que cet « autre moi » de l’écrivain ne parvient pas non plus à épuiser complètement ?

Critical Collaborative Communities

Academic Writing Partnerships, Groups, and Retreats


Edited by Nicola Simmons and Ann Singh

Writing comprises a significant proportion of academic staff members’ roles. While academics have been acculturated to the notion of ‘publish or perish,’ they often struggle to find the time to accomplish writing papers and tend to work alone. The result can be a sense of significant stress and isolation around the writing process. Writing partnerships, groups, and retreats help mitigate these challenges and provide significant positive writing experiences for their members.

Critical Collaborative Communities describes diverse examples of partnerships from writing regularly with one or two colleagues to larger groups that meet for a single day, regular writing meetings, or a retreat over several days. While these approaches bring mutual support for members, each is not without its respective challenges. Each chapter outlines an approach to writing partnerships and interrogates its strengths and limitations as well as proposes recommendations for others hoping to the implement the practice. Authors in this volume describe how they have built significant trusting relationships that have helped avoid isolation and have led to their self-authorship as academic writers.


Edited by Lon Olson and Stuart Molloy

This volume offers diverse insights on how the practice of torture has impacted society and how we view human nature. After the Second World War, it was hoped that torture had been permanently vanquished among modern liberal states, and was only practiced by brutal totalitarian regimes. However, events after 9/11 revealed that the re-emergence of torture is an ever-present threat, even among leading democracies. Drawing from their knowledge of the humanities and social sciences, the contributors offer their expertise on the deleterious effects of torture and reveal that its trauma is interwoven into the fabric of modern society, requiring constant diligence to be rooted out and kept at bay. Contributors are William Fitzhugh Brundage, Federico Ciavattone, Noora Koivulahti, Toni Koivulahti, Diana Medlicott, Stuart Molloy, Lon Olson, Martin Previsic, David Senesh and Hedi Viterbo.