Figuren der Einverleibung zwischen Eucharistie und Anthropophagie
This transdisciplinary project represents the most comprehensive study of imagination to date. The eclectic group of international scholars who comprise this volume propose bold and innovative theoretical frameworks for (re-) conceptualizing imagination in all of its divergent forms. Imagination and Art: Explorations in Contemporary Theory explores the complex nuances, paradoxes, and aporias related to the plethora of artistic mediums in which the human imagination manifests itself. As a fundamental attribute of our species, which other organisms also seem to possess with varying degrees of sophistication, imagination is the very fabric of what it means to be human into which everything is woven. This edited collection demonstrates that imagination is the resin that binds human civilization together for better or worse.
In this collection of essays, Maurizio Ferraris explores the world portrayed in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. He ponders how memory is tied to self-identification and knowledge; how the passage of time is only perceptible after it has passed; and how life, ultimately, is accurately portrayed in literature in ways that were seen as inconceivable in our youth. Running throughout the book is the sense that memory is all we are; we are what we remember or what others remember of us.
Dinge, Räume, Narrative
Ob als Motiv, Handlungsschauplatz oder Gegenstand der Kritik – in der Literatur wird das Museum zur Reflexionsfigur der Repräsentierbarkeit und Konservierbarkeit von Welt und Wissen. Museales Erzählen stellt die Frage nach dem Verhältnis von Zeichen und Dingen, Erinnerung und materieller Kultur.
Die Beiträge widmen sich musealen Dingen, Räumen und Narrativen in literarischen Texten sowie Sammlungskontexten vom 18. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart. Unter Verschränkung museologischer, kulturhistorischer und literaturwissenschaftlicher Perspektiven geht es zum einen um institutionsgeschichtliche Aspekte verschiedener Museumstypen. Zum anderen wird nach museumsspezifischen Formen des Erzählens gefragt: Wie werden die Dinge zum Sprechen gebracht? Wie werden räumliche Ordnungen textuell konstituiert und beschrieben? Welche Rolle spielen narrative Praktiken des Sammelns, Inventarisierens, Kuratierens und Ausstellens?
Alongside annals, chronicles were the main genre of historical writing in the Middle Ages. Their significance as sources for the study of medieval history and culture is today widely recognised not only by historians, but also by students of medieval literature and linguistics and by art historians. The series The Medieval Chronicle aims to provide a representative survey of the on-going research in the field of chronicle studies, illustrated by examples from specific chronicles from a wide variety of countries, periods and cultural backgrounds.
There are several reasons why the chronicle is particularly suited as the topic of a yearbook. In the first place there is its ubiquity: all over Europe and throughout the Middle Ages chronicles were written, both in Latin and in the vernacular, and not only in Europe but also in the countries neighbouring on it, like those of the Arabic world. Secondly, all chronicles raise such questions as by whom, for whom, or for what purpose were they written, how do they reconstruct the past, what determined the choice of verse or prose, or what kind of literary influences are discernable in them. Finally, many chronicles have been beautifully illuminated, and the relation between text and image leads to a wholly different set of questions.
The Medieval Chronicle is published in cooperation with the Medieval Chronicle Society (medievalchronicle.org).
Strukturen des Wettens und seiner literarischen Darstellung
Author: Julian Werlitz
Wetten kennen wir als alltäglich spielerische Möglichkeit, mit Ungewissheit und Meinungsstreit umzugehen. Doch ein genauer Blick auf die Struktur solcher Abmachungen legt manche Hintergründigkeit offen. Literarische Beispiele erzählen die Wette meist als Scheitern einer naiven Haltung zu Entscheidungs- und Konfliktsituationen. Für Kant war die Wette der „Probierstein“, um die eigene Überzeugung einer Prüfung zu unterziehen. Die Frage, ob man wohl das „Glück des ganzen Lebens verwetten“ würde, mache auch den „stutzig“, der zunächst jeden Irrtum ausschließt. Als Element literarischer Handlung bietet die Wette zwar ästhetisch reizvolle Möglichkeiten. Doch Figuren, die sich ihrer als Werkzeug der Reflexion und Erkenntnis bedienen, scheinen mit ihr durchgängig krachend an der Unberechenbarkeit der Welt und des Mitmenschen zu scheitern – wäre da nicht Goethes Faust, der sich in eine listige Wette mit dem Teufel flüchtet, am Ende aber gerade durch ihren Verlust gerettet wird.
Author: Cornelia Ruhe
La littérature française contemporaine porte un vif intérêt au déchiffrement de la guerre sous la paix, à l’histoire des conflits sanglants du XXe siècle et de leurs séquelles pour la vie civile. Elle dépasse la vue partielle de l’histoire nationale et rétablit le lien rompu avec celle de la période coloniale. Les protagonistes des textes de Maurice Attia, de Mathias Énard, de Jérôme Ferrari, de Laurent Gaudé, d’Alexis Jenni, de Laurent Mauvignier et de Wajdi Mouawad sont bien souvent des vétérans, des revenants qui tardent à vraiment ‘revenir’ de la guerre. La monographie cherche à explorer les modalités narratives qui permettent aux auteurs d’adresser les traumatismes et d’entamer le travail de mémoire.

Contemporary French literature is acutely interested in peacetime attempts to make sense of war, in the history of the bloody conflicts of the twentieth century and their repercussions on civilian life. It goes beyond the partial view of national history and restores the broken link to the history of the colonial era. Many of the characters of Maurice Attia, Mathias Énard, Jérôme Ferrari, Laurent Gaudé, Alexis Jenni, Laurent Mauvignier and Wajdi Mouawad are veterans, returnees who have trouble really ‘returning’ from war. This monograph aims to explore the narrative methods that allow the authors to address traumas and begin the work of memory.
Depuis plus de dix ans, les romans de Mathias Énard connaissent un succès qui ne se dément pas. La Perfection du tir en 2003, mais aussi Zone en 2008, Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d’éléphants en 2010 et Rue des voleurs en 2012 ont remporté des prix littéraires de grand renom. Enfin, le jury du prix Goncourt a opté en 2015 avec Boussole pour un roman dans lequel « l’imagination » romanesque a pour support une époustouflante érudition portant sur l’Orient. Ce volume cherche à éclairer les modalités narratives qui permettent à l’auteur de transformer l’érudition en roman, mais aussi à situer son œuvre dans le contexte littéraire actuel.

Over the past ten years the novels of Mathias Énard have enjoyed both widespread critical acclaim and commercial success. In 2015 Énard was awarded the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize, for Compass, a work which explores the fraught and often fruitful relationship between Europe and the Orient through the musings of an Austrian musicologist. Yet in spite of these successes, and Mathias Énard’s penchant for filling his novels with historical fact, little has been written about his work in academic circles. This volume seeks to fill that gap and shed light on the narrative modalities that allow the author to transform erudition into narration. It also seeks to situate his work in the current literary context, which is being shaped ever more by historical narratives.
Author: Ruben Moi
Paul Muldoon and the Language of Poetry is the first book in years that attends to the entire oeuvre of the Irish-American poet, critic, lyricist, dramatist and Princeton professor from his debut with New Weather in 1973 up to his very recent publications. Ruben Moi’s book explores, in correspondence with language philosophy and critical debate, how Muldoon’s ingenious language and inventive form give shape and significance to his poetry, and how his linguistic panache and technical verve keep language forever surprising, new and alive.
For the first time in scholarship, this essay collection interprets modernity through the literary micro-genres of the aphorism, the epigram, the maxim, and the fragment. Situating Friedrich Nietzsche and Oscar Wilde as forerunners of modern aphoristic culture, the collection analyses the relationship between aphoristic consciousness and literary modernism in the expanded purview of the long twentieth century, through the work of a wide range of authors, including Samuel Beckett, Max Beerbohm, Jorge Luis Borges, Katherine Mansfield, and Stevie Smith. From the romantic fragment to the tweet, Aphoristic Modernity offers a compelling exploration of the short form's pervasive presence both as a standalone artefact and as part of a larger textual and cultural matrix.