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Voices from the Sidelines
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This volume focuses on acts of courage, defiance, and sacrifice undertaken during World War I and II by individuals that mainstream history has relegated to the sidelines. Drawn from different genres – literary, cinematic, diaristic and historical – the experiences that these ‘outsiders’ confronted lay bare the intimate, if lacerating, choices that they faced in their struggle for freedom. Ignored by official history, the testimonials that war prisoners, female partisan leaders, spies, deserters, and disillusioned soldiers offer, provide a fresh insight into the social, political, historical, and ethical contradictions that define warfare rhetoric in the twentieth century. The book’s ten contributors delve into the conflicts between oppressive authorities and the desire for freedom. With verve and energy, they revive these largely neglected voices and turn them into a provocative medium to discuss, and redefine, issues still relevant today: heroism, pacifism, national pride, gender issues, faith, personal and collective history.
We read the book, and the book is reading us. In his later novels, Charles Dickens uses the interaction between characters and their audiences within the fiction to dramatise his growing understanding of the pivotal role of spectatorship and choice in a more democratic society. Egotists of all stripes, intent on bending the world to their singular will, would appropriate the power of spectatorship by taking command of the detachment necessary for choice. Dickens’s pluralistic art of sameness and difference redefines that detachment, and liberates choice both inside and outside the novels, for the relationship between characters and their audiences within the narratives actually inscribes our own relationship with them in the performance of reading, a reflective doubling of the fiction upon the reader across time with moral consequences for our spectatorship of our own lives.
Theorie und Kulturgeschichte einer ästhetischen Denkfigur 1770-1930
„Einfühlung" ist eine systematische Analyse und kulturgeschichtliche Rekonstruktion jenes Konzepts, das gegenwärtig als „empathy" und „Empathie" nicht nur von akademischem Interesse, sondern von größerer gesellschaftlicher Relevanz ist als je zuvor. Die vorliegende Studie zeichnet die Geschichte der hinter dem Begriff „Einfühlung" stehenden Denkfigur nach. Sie nimmt ihren Anfang im 18. Jahrhundert bei Herder, Jean Paul und den Romantikern, folgt seinen Spuren in die Ästhetiken des 19. Jahrhunderts unter anderem bei Friedrich Theodor und Robert Vischer und analysiert dann systematisch die um 1900 überragend prominente „Einfühlungsästhetik". Ein weiterer Teil thematisiert die Ausstrahlung des Einfühlungsdenkens in die Kunst und Kultur des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts - etwa in die Literatur Rainer Maria Rilkes und Vernon Lees, die Architektur August Endells, die Malerei Wassily Kandinskys oder den Film Sergej Eisensteins.
Écologie du roman africain francophone
Cohabiter l’espace postcolonial s’interroge essentiellement sur les enjeux écologiques dans le roman africain en français. Cet ouvrage met en lumière les stratégies complexes et diverses par lesquelles les questions environnementales s’inscrivent dans la fiction. Recourant à l’écocritique, aux théories postcoloniales et posthumanistes pour analyser un corpus romanesque large et varié, il mène le lecteur, à travers la diversité des problématiques abordés, à la découverte des nuances contextuelles du rapport entre l’humain et le non-humain. De la précarité du monde rural à la survie en milieu urbain et autres écosystèmes hostiles, en passant par l’altérité animale, l’importance du végétal, le racisme environnemental et la justice environnementale, ce livre montre comment, à l’échelle de la localité, les questions écologiques se déclinent en réels défis socioculturels et politiques.

Cohabiter l’espace postcolonial focuses on the importance of ecological issues in African fiction. The book highlights the complex and diverse strategies deployed in French speaking Africa to incorporate environmental subjects in literary productions. Using ecocriticism, postcolonial and posthumanist theories to analyse a wide variety of novels, it brings to the fore, through the diversity of the issues it addresses, some contextual inflections of the relationship between the human and the non-human. From its discussion of animal otherness, cultural significance of plants, environmental racism, environmental justice, the fragility of the rural world and the survival in urban environments, the book demonstrates how ecological issues translate into socio-cultural and political challenges for local communities in Africa.
Between Subversion and Innovation
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