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Lose Leute

Figuren, Schauplätze und Künste des Vaganten in der Frühen Neuzeit

Edited by Franz Fromholzer, Jörg Wesche and Julia Amslinger

Anhand von literarischen und historischen Textzeugen des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts beschreibt das Buch ›lose Leute‹ und ihre Künste jenseits der abwertenden Sammelkategorie des Vagabunden. Erstmals systematisch sichtbar gemacht wird auf diese Weise die kulturdynamische Bedeutung frühneuzeitlicher Mobilität.
›Lose Leute‹: Mit dieser Formel Harsdörffers unternimmt das Buch die (literar-)historische Bestandsaufnahme eines Gattungs- und Medienhorizonts des Vaganten, der sich von indizierenden Quellen (z. B. Liber vagatorum) über fiktionale Genres (z.B. Schelmenroman, Fastnachtspiel) bis zu ephemeren Textzeugen (z.B. Flugblatt, Theaterzettel) erstreckt. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Rekonstruktion zeitgenössischer Existenz- und Ausdrucksformen des Vaganten in Literatur, Musik und bildender Kunst. Auf diese Weise konturiert sich frühneuzeitliche Mobilität als neuer Forschungsgegenstand.
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Disasters of War

Perceptions and Representations from 1914 to the Present

Edited by Steffen Bruendel and Frank Estelmann

Experiences of war and violence are engraved in historical memory for generations, influencing individual as well as collective attitudes in different conflicts.
Starting with World War I, the contributions in this volume examine such complex interrelationships using concrete examples, such as the presentation of soldiers and veterans in modern German art, the theatre of Brecht and Heiner Müller as well as representations of war in film and literature. The authors focus on the perception and cultural processing of war and violence and reveal astonishing examples of their aftereffects in the period from 1914 to the present.
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Arab-Jewish Literature

The Birth and Demise of the Arabic Short Story

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Reuven Snir

In Arab-Jewish Literature: The Birth and Demise of the Arabic Short Story, Reuven Snir offers an account of the emergence of the art of the Arabic short story among the Arabized Jews during the 1920s, especially in Iraq and Egypt, its development in the next two decades, until the emigration to Israel after 1948, and the efforts to continue the literary writing in Israeli society, the shift to Hebrew, and its current demise. The stories discussed in the book reflect the various stages of the development of Arab-Jewish identity during the twentieth century and are studied in the relevant updated theoretical and literary contexts. An anthology of sixteen translated stories is also included as an appendix to the book.
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The series will be of interest to anybody interested in questions of cosmopolitan and vernacular in the Sinographic Cosmopolis—specifically, with respect to questions of language, writing and literary culture, embracing both beginnings (the origins of and early sources for writing in the sinographic sphere) and endings (the disintegration of the Sinographic Cosmopolis in places like Korea, Japan and Vietnam, and the advent of linguistic modernity throughout all of the old Sinitic sphere. In addition, the series will feature comparative research on interactions and synergies in language, writing and literary culture in the Sinographic Cosmopolis over nearly two millennia, as well as studies of the 'sinographic hangover' in modern East Asia-critical and comparative assessments of the social and cultural history of language and writing and linguistic thought in modern and premodern East Asia.
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Aztec Religion and Art of Writing

Investigating Embodied Meaning, Indigenous Semiotics, and the Nahua Sense of Reality

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Isabel Laack

In her groundbreaking investigation from the perspective of the aesthetics of religion, Isabel Laack explores the religion and art of writing of the pre-Hispanic Aztecs of Mexico. Inspired by postcolonial approaches, she reveals Eurocentric biases in academic representations of Aztec cosmovision, ontology, epistemology, ritual, aesthetics, and the writing system to provide a powerful interpretation of the Nahua sense of reality.

Laack transcends the concept of “sacred scripture” traditionally employed in religions studies in order to reconstruct the Indigenous semiotic theory and to reveal how Aztec pictography can express complex aspects of embodied meaning. Her study offers an innovative approach to nonphonographic semiotic systems, as created in many world cultures, and expands our understanding of human recorded visual communication.

This book will be essential reading for scholars and readers interested in the history of religions, Mesoamerican studies, and the ancient civilizations of the Americas.

'This excellent book, written with intellectual courage and critical self-awareness, is a brilliant, multilayered thought experiment into the images and stories that made up the Nahua sense of reality as woven into their sensational ritual performances and colorful symbolic writing system.'
Davíd Carrasco, Harvard University
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Raphaël Lambert

In Narrating the Slave Trade, Theorizing Community, Raphaël Lambert explores the notion of community in conjunction with literary works concerned with the transatlantic slave trade. The recent surge of interest in both slave trade and community studies concurs with the return of free-market ideology, which once justified and facilitated the exponential growth of the slave trade. The motif of unbridled capitalism recurs in all the works discussed herein; however, community, whether racial, political, utopian, or conceptual, emerges as a fitting frame of reference to reveal unsuspected facets of the relationships between all involved parties, and expose the ramifications of the trade across time and space. Ultimately, this book calls for a complete reevaluation of what it means to live together.
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Ayse Ozge Kocak Hemmat

The Turkish Novel and the Quest for Rationality is the first book to contextualize the Turkish novel with regard to the intellectual developments motivating the Turkish modernization project since the 18th century. The book provides a dialectical narrative for the emergence and development of the Turkish novel in order to highlight the genre’s critical role within the modernization project. In doing so, it also delineates the changing forms the novel assumes in the Turkish context from a platform for new literature to a manifestation of crisis in the face of totalizing rationality. Vis-a-vis modernization's engagement with rationality, The Turkish Novel and the Quest for Rationality reveals unexplored ways of conceptualizing the development of the genre in non-western contexts.
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Das Projekt Futurologie

Über Zukunft und Fortschritt in der Bundesrepublik 1952-1982

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Achim Eberspächer

Futurologie war das Symptom einer Epochenwende. Heute steht sie für fortschrittsbegeisterte, bunte Zukunftsbilder von Atom-Autos oder Städten im Weltraum. Tatsächlich jedoch beruhte sie zuallererst auf Fortschrittskritik.
Intellektuelle wie Ossip Flechtheim, Robert Jungk oder Karl Steinbuch plädierten nicht aus Euphorie für eine Wissenschaft der Zukunft, sondern um den problematischen Folgen des technischen Fortschritts beizukommen. Achim Eberspächer erzählt die Geschichte der Futurologie in der Bundesrepublik entlang ihrer Protagonisten, die um 1970 eine beachtliche Wirkung in Wissenschaft, Politik und Öffentlichkeit erzielten. Er deckt die Medienpräsenz der Futurologie und ihr Wechselspiel mit den populären Technikvisionen der 1960er-Jahre auf. Auf diese Weise gelingt es ihm, ihren rasanten Aufstieg, aber auch ihren ebenso schnellen Niedergang zu erklären.
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Picturing America

Photography and the Sense of Place

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Edited by Kerstin Schmidt and Julia Isabel Faisst

Picturing America: Photography and the Sense of Place argues that photography is a prevalent practice of making American places. Its collected essays epitomize not only how pictures situate us in a specific place, but also how they create a sense of such mutable place-worlds. Understanding photographs as prime sites of knowledge production and advocates of socio-political transformations, a transnational set of scholars reveals how images enact both our perception and conception of American environments. They investigate the power photography yields in shaping our ideas of self, nation, and empire, of private and public space, through urban, landscape, wasteland and portrait photography. The volume radically reconfigures how pictures alter the development of American places in the past, present, and future.
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Natura in fabula

Topiques romanesques de l'environnement

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Edited by Isabelle Trivisani-Moreau and Philippe Postel

Les études réunies dans Natura in fabula envisagent les questions de la nature et de l’environnement dans le roman sous l’angle de la topique en s’appuyant sur le repérage de configurations narratives récurrentes. La nature apparaît souvent comme un cadre avec ses scénographies et topographies, mais elle peut également s’incarner en une entité avec laquelle doit composer l’homme plus que le personnage. Que font les topoi de la nature, dans leur malléabilité, voire leur réversibilité, à l’écriture ? Comment les tournants historiques viennent-ils infléchir ces topoi et en faire émerger de nouveaux ? Quelles éco-logiques les rapports que l’homme entretient avec la nature dans les œuvres romanesques esquissent-ils ?

The papers brought together in Natura in Fabula focus on nature and environment-related issues in the novel, addressing them from the perspective of topics through the identification of recurrent narrative patterns. Nature often functions as a setting with its scenographies and topographies, but it may also embody an entity which man, more than the novel’s characters, is to cope with.
How do natural topoi work in writing, owing to their malleability or reversibility in a literary text? To what extent do historic turning points impact these topoi, encouraging new ones to emerge? And what kinds of “eco-logics” do they help elaborate regarding man’s relation with nature in works of fiction?