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Durch Prozesse der Deindustrialisierung haben sich im Ruhrgebiet und im Rust Belt nicht nur die wirtschaftlichen Grundlagen der beiden Regionen verändert, sondern auch das soziale, kulturelle und räumliche Gefüge. Anhand der beiden ehemaligen Industrieregionen wird beispielhaft herausgearbeitet, wie etwa Landschaften, Architekturen, Materialitäten oder Immaterialitäten unaufhörlichen Überformungen und Transformationsprozessen unterworfen sind – auch und vor allem aus ästhetischer Perspektive. Der Band rückt diese Dynamiken von Stadt- und Regionsgebilden ins Zentrum und untersucht sie als Elemente von Schichtungen. Dabei geht er der Frage nach, wie die beiden Regionen konstruiert und ästhetisch produziert werden und welche Funktion dabei Schichtungsprozessen zukommt.
This volume lays theoretical and methodological groundwork for the analysis of Mesopotamian literature. A comprehensive first chapter by the editors explores critical contemporary issues in Sumerian and Akkadian narrative analysis, and nine case studies written by an international array of scholars test the responsiveness of Sumerian and Akkadian narratives to diverse approaches drawn from literary studies and theories of fiction. Included are intertextual and transtextual analyses, studies of narrative structure and focalization, and treatments of character and characterization. Works considered include the Standard Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic and many other Sumerian and Akkadian narratives of gods, heroes, kings, and monsters.
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Does the story of Lucius, a curious and lustful young man who is magically transformed into an ass, have anything to teach us today? Does it have a serious, philosophical and religious meaning, or is it just a form of literary play, full of adventures, magic, sex, violence, and religion? This volume studies the reception of the novel in the last hundred years, showing also the most promising and diverse research perspectives for the future. Apuleius claimed that a philosopher must possess a mirror; perhaps, his novel is a mirror for us to look into.
In this collected volume, members of the Kalīla and Dimna project discuss, from different perspectives, a core aspect of their work with this textual tradition: the study of variation and mutability. The aim is to shed light on Kalīla and Dimna’s so-called mouvance and establish typologies of textual mobility and instability across linguistic traditions and historical periods, as well as to develop analytical tools to describe, classify, represent, and interpret these dynamics. As will be shown, the progressive digitalization of philology in the last decades has offered the unique opportunity of putting the concept of mouvance into practice.

Contributors: Theodore S. Beers, Jan J. van Ginkel, Beatrice Gründler, Khouloud Khalfallah, Mahmoud Kozae, Rima Redwan, Johannes Stephan, Isabel Toral.