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Author: Jacob Boas
In Cultural Criticism in the Netherlands, 1933-40, Jacob Boas offers a broad selection of the newspaper columns of legendary Dutch cultural critic Menno ter Braak. Ter Braak’s columns are noteworthy not only for their distinctive treatment of disparate cultural components ranging from literature to the social sciences, but also for the light they throw on the extent to which politics intruded on the cultural sphere in the years prior to the outbreak of war.
Ter Braak set a standard for literary criticism of surpassing quality. Moreover, a staunch advocate of democracy, the critic joined the battle against fascism, urging fellow intellectuals to rise to the occasion. The ‘conscience of Dutch letters’ killed himself on the eve of the German occupation, May 1940.
Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts reflects that critiques of ideological formations occur within intersecting social, political, and cultural configurations where each position is in itself ‘ideological’ – and subject to asymmetrical power relations. Postcolonialism has become an object of critique as ideology, but postcolonial studies’ highly diversified engagement with ideology remains a strong focus that exceeds Ideologiekritik. Fourteen contributors from North America, Africa, and Europe focus (I) on the complex relation between postcolonialism, postcolonial theory, and conceptualizations of ideology, (II) on ideological formations that manifest themselves in very specific postcolonial contexts, highlighting the potential continuities between colonial and postcolonial ideology, and (III) on further expanding and complicating the nexus of postcolonial ideology, from veiling as both ideological practice and individual resistance to home as ideological construct; from palimpsestic readings of colonial photography to aesthetics as ideology.
Cartographie d’un genre émergent
Editor: Alexandre Gefen
Si les siècles qui précédaient avaient vu le couronnement du roman, la littérature du XXIe siècle débute avec le triomphe du document : écritures de voyage, d’investigation, enquêtes judiciaires ou ethnologiques, autobiographies, factographies, factions, rapports et enregistrements littéraires, et autres formes de récits refusant de se dire fictions occupent nos librairies : émerge sous nos yeux une toute nouvelle littérature d'information, de témoignage, d’inventaire ou de documentation. Or ces textes ne se contentent pas de déjouer les critères des classements des bibliothèques et d’intriguer les théoriciens du récit, ils modifient profondément les catégories du littéraire et imposent leur poétique propre. C’est dire si l’heure est à inventorier et à comprendre les territoires de la non-fiction, genre capital de notre contemporain.

If the previous centuries had seen the crowning of the novel, the literature of the 21st century begins with the triumph of the document: travel writings, investigative, criminal or ethnological investigations, autobiographies, “factographies”, factions, literary reports and recordings, and other forms of narrative that refuse to call themselves fictions occupy our bookstores : a whole new literature of information, testimony, inventory or documentation is emerging before our eyes. Yet these texts not only thwart the criteria of library classifications and intrigue narrative theorists, they also profoundly modify the categories of the literary and impose their own poetics. In other words, the time has come to inventory and understand the territories of non-fiction, the capital genre of our time.
Author: Emma Wagstaff
In André du Bouchet: Poetic Forms of Attention, Emma Wagstaff provides the first book-length study in English of this major poet of the second half of the twentieth century. She shows how Du Bouchet’s rigorous and innovative creative and critical writing advances our understanding of attention.
Du Bouchet is known as a post-war poet of the natural world and the space of the page. Far from just a solitary writer, however, he engaged with others through his work as editor, critic, and translator, and his involvement in the protests of May 1968. Emma Wagstaff shows how his writing demonstrates nuanced attention to language, time, nature, and art, and incites a ‘slow’ response on the part of the reader.
Reimagining Nineteenth-Century Historical Subjects
This volume explores the many paradoxes of neo-Victorian biofiction, a genre that yokes together the real and the imaginary, biography and fiction, and generates oxymoronic combinations like creative facts, fictional truth, or poetic truthfulness. Contemporary biofictions recreating nineteenth-century lives demonstrate the crucial but always ethically ambiguous revision and supplementation of the historical archive. Due to the tension between ethical empathy and consumerist voyeurism, between traumatic testimony and exploitative exposé, the epistemological response is per force one of hermeneutic suspicion and iconoclasm. In the final account, this volume highlights neo-Victorianism’s deconstruction of master-narratives and the consequent democratic rehabilitation of over-looked microhistories.
Institutions, Social Import, and Market Forces in the German Literary Field
Aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven gibt dieser Band Einblicke in den deutschen Literaturbetrieb, dessen Institutionen und Umschlagplätze.
Diskutiert werden Themen wie der Effekt der Digitalisierung auf den Buchmarkt, Literatur und Öffentlichkeit, Buchmessen und Bibliotheken, die Rolle von Literaturwissenschaftlern im Literaturbetrieb, postmodernes und postmigrantisches Theater, Herausforderungen literarischer Übersetzung, publizistische Literaturkritik und das Verhältnis von Literatur und anderen Medien wie Film und Fernsehen. Der Begriff Mischkalkulation – ein stehender Begriff im Literaturbetrieb –
reflektiert bei der vorliegenden Sammlung von Essays, Interviews, wissenschaftlichen Analysen und Arbeitsproben von Übersetzern eine wissenschaftliche Ökonomie, nämlich die Mischung aus präzisen Einzelstudien und übergreifenden Beiträgen unterschiedlichster Art.
George MacDonald is generally remembered as a benevolent preacher who wrote fairy-tales books for children. Closer reading, however, reveals one of the most startlingly inventive, slyly subversive Scottish writers of the nineteenth century. His writings for children emerged from his own long struggle with faith and doubt in the face of multiple bereavements, chronic illness, and the persistent threat of early death.
Haunted Childhoods in George MacDonald reconsiders death and divine love in MacDonald’s writings for children. It examines his private letters and public sermons, obscure early writings, and most beloved stories. Setting his work alongside texts by James Hogg and Andrew Lang, it argues MacDonald appropriated traditional Scottish-folk narratives to help child readers apprehend his mystically-inclined understanding of mortality.
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.