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The Reception of the Poems Among Writers
Author: Gandolfo Cascio
Michelangelo wrote the Poems to directly confront themes to which as an artist he could not give the type of expression that he wished. To do so, he chose harsh language, which was distant from the transparent idiom of the Cinquecento. Critics have generally been cautious, often hostile, toward his ‘second trade’. By contrast, writers, appreciating their quality, have greeted his poems in a completely different manner.

This book presents an original investigation of the relationship of a variety of authors (Varchi, Aretino, Foscolo, Wordsworth, Stendhal, Mann, Montale, Morante and others) with Buonarroti’s verse. Through close analysis of the texts, it shows why Michelangelo should hold a more noble position on Parnassus than that which historiography has hitherto granted him.
Literature, Persuasion and Devotion in the Eighteenth Century
In Writing Tamil Catholicism: Literature, Persuasion and Devotion in the Eighteenth Century, Margherita Trento explores the process by which the Jesuit missionary Costanzo Giuseppe Beschi (1680-1747), in collaboration with a group of local lay elites identified by their profession as catechists, chose Tamil poetry as the social and political language of Catholicism in eighteenth-century South India.
Trento analyzes a corpus of Tamil grammars and poems, chiefly Beschi’s Tēmpāvaṇi, alongside archival documents to show how, by presenting themselves as poets and intellectuals, Catholic elites gained a persuasive voice as well as entrance into the learned society of the Tamil country and its networks of patronage.
Casuistry and Early Modern Spanish Literature examines a neglected yet crucial field: the importance of casuistical thought and discourse in the development of literary genres in early modern Spain. Faced with the momentous changes wrought by discovery, empire, religious schism, expanding print culture, consolidation of legal codes and social transformation, writers sought innovation within existing forms (the novella, the byzantine romance, theatrical drama) and created novel genres (most notably, the picaresque). These essays show how casuistry, with its questioning of example and precept, and meticulous concern with conscience and the particularities of circumstance, is instrumental in cultivating the subjectivity, rhetorical virtuosity and spirit of inquiry that we have come to associate with the modern novel.
Denkstrukturen, Transferprozesse, Verstehenshorizonte. Festschrift für Aleksej Žerebin
Im Labyrinth der Kulturen, das lehren uns die Arbeiten des russischen Germanisten Aleksej Žerebin, liegt der Ariadnefaden für die Internationalität der Philologien.
Auslandsphilologie ist immer verkappte Komparatistik. Doch da sie nicht wirklich um des Vergleiches willen geschrieben wird, sondern um der Fragestellungen willen, die dem eigenkulturellen (russischen) Literatursystem entstammen, dient die russische Germanistik nicht nur dem Verständnis der deutschen, sondern ebenso auch der russischen Literatur; sie ist auch Teil der eigenkulturellen Philologie. Mit solchen Thesen hat Aleksej Žerebin die internationalen Philologien bereichert und sich in die Erforschung der russisch-deutschen Kulturbeziehungen eingeschrieben. Von ihnen sind auch die Beiträge des Bandes inspiriert, die je in eigener Art auf Žerebin antworten.
Ausgewählte Beiträge zur Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts. Herausgegeben von Fedor Poljakov und Natalia Bakshi
Konstantin Asadowski hat sich sein Leben lang mit den deutsch-russischen Kulturverbindungen befasst. Seine wichtigsten Beiträge zu diesem Thema finden sich in diesem Band.
„Konstantin Asadowski ist ein glorreicher Vertreter der weltberühmten russischen Intelligenzia, die zum ständigen Opfer der kommunistischen Machthaber im Laufe von 70 Jahren wurde“, so Efim Etkind 1990. Seine Inhaftierung 1980–1982 im sowjetischen GULAG führte zu einer großen Resonanz unter westlichen Intellektuellen. In Deutschland setzten sich unter anderen Heinrich Böll und Lev Kopelev für seine Freilassung ein; in den USA war es vor allem Joseph Brodsky, der 1981 in The New York Review of Books einen Artikel über Asadowski und seinen „Fall“ veröffentlichte. Später, während der Zeit der Perestroika, wurde Asadowski rehabilitiert und als „Opfer der politischen Verfolgungen“ anerkannt.
Iceland and Ireland, two North-Atlantic islands on the periphery of Europe, share a long history that reaches back to the ninth century. Direct contact between the islands has ebbed and flowed like their shared Atlantic tides over the subsequent millennium, with long blanks and periods of apparently very little exchange, transit or contact. These relational and regularly ruptured histories, discontinuities and dispossessions are discussed here less to cover (again) the well-trodden ground of our national traditions. Rather, this volume productively illuminates how a variety of memory modes, expressed in trans-cultural productions and globalized genre forms, such as museums cultures, crime novels, the lyric poem, the medieval codex or historical fiction, operate in multi-directional ways as fluid transnational agents of change in and between the two islands. At the same time, there is an alertness to the ways in which physical, political and linguistic isolation and exposure have also made these islands places of forgetting.