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Volume Editor: Lee Templeton
This edited collection examines the ways in which medieval grief is both troubled and troubling––troubled in its representation, troubling to categories such as gender, identity, hierarchy, theology, and history, among others. Investigating various instantiations of grief—sorrow, sadness, and mourning; weeping and lamentation; spiritual and theological disorientation and confusion; keening and the drinking of blood; and grief-madness—through a number of theoretical lenses, including feminist, gender, and queer theories, as well as philosophical, sociological, and historical approaches to emotion, the collected essays move beyond simply describing how men and women grieve in the Middle Ages and begin interrogating the ways grief intersects with and shapes gender identity.
Contributors are Kim Bergqvist, Jim Casey, Danielle Marie Cudmore, Marjorie Housley, Erin. I. Mann, Inna Matyushina, Drew Maxwell, Kristen Mills, Jeffery G. Stoyanoff, Lee Templeton, and Kisha G. Tracy.
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Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to the publisher at BRILL, Masja Horn.

Towards the Temporal Turn in the Critical Study of (Post)-Yugoslav Literatures
Volume Editors: Aleksandar Mijatović and Brian Willems
In this collection of essays, authors propose a temporal shift in (post-)Yugoslav studies. By taking into account select examples from literature, art, and culture, the volume questions a possibility of explaining the temporal structure underlying the theoretical and analytical concepts employed in understanding (post-)Yugoslav literature(s) and culture(s). Analyses undertaken in the essays showcase that the (post-)Yugoslav literary, artistic, and cultural practices do not only attempt to portray the demise of the state and the succeeding war between its former republics. Instead, the authors underscore that the critical (post-)Yugoslav studies task is to evince and critically reflect on and engage with the processes before and after the dissolution to capture the collapse itself.
Gegenüber dem einsamen Schreiben als vermeintlichem Normalfall moderner Textproduktion erarbeitet der vorliegende Sammelband erstmals eine umfassende Systematisierung und Theoretisierung kollektiven Schreibens.
Der Sammelband widmet sich in theoretischen Situierungen und historischen Fallstudien dem Schreiben von Kollektiven im doppelten Sinne. Die Beiträge beleuchten die Praktiken, Inszenierungen und Hierarchien unterschiedlicher Akteur:innen, die in gemeinsamen, nachträglichen oder konfligierenden Schreibzusammenhängen interagieren. Die Frage ist dabei, wie kollektive Textproduktion vor sich geht, wie einzelne Versatzstücke oder ganze Werke zwischen unterschiedlichen Akteur:innen zirkulieren und wer durch diese textuelle Bewegung wie verändert wird. Berücksichtigt wird auch das symbolische Potenzial, durch das Kollektivität zum textpolitischen Moment wird: Wer tritt aus dem schreibenden Kollektiv an die Öffentlichkeit? Wer wird Autor:in? Wer wird vergessen?
Beyond World Literature
Author: Ottmar Ette
Beginning with Erich Auerbach’s reflections on the Goethean concept of World Literature, Ottmar Ette unfolds the theory and practice of Literatures of the World. Today, only those literary theories that are oriented upon a history of movement are still capable of doing justice to the confusing diversity of highly dynamic, worldwide transformations. This is because they examine transareal pathways in the field of literature. This volume captures literary processes of exchange and transformation between the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Pacific as well as the interplay of different ways of narrating space and time. Thus, this volume speaks from a fractal point of view and unfolds multiple perspectives. Literatures of the World allows the reader to think in different logical frameworks at the same time, therefore shaping our future on the basis of the diversity of humankind.
El discurso interior en las novelas de Javier Marías: los ojos de la mente ofrece una perspectiva novedosa del universo narrativo de uno de los autores contemporáneos más destacados de España. Con el fin de ahondar en el origen y significado de los modos del discurso interior (psiconarración, monólogo o fluir de conciencia) en sus ficciones, este libro presenta una interpretación crítica de todas sus novelas, desde El siglo (1983) hasta Berta Isla (2017).

El discurso interior en las novelas de Javier Marías: los ojos de la mente offers a fresh perspective on the narrative universe of one of Spain’s most distinguished contemporary authors. In order to delve into the origin and meaning of inner speech modes (psychonarration, monologue or stream of consciousness) in his fictions, this book presents a critic interpretation of all his novels, from El siglo (1983) to Berta Isla (2017).
Volume Editors: Joe Andrew and Robert Reid
Joe Andrew and Robert Reid assemble thirteen analytical discussions of Tolstoi’s key works, written by leading scholars from around the world. The works studied cover almost the entire length of Tolstoi’s creative career, from some of his earliest stories of the 1850s ( The Sevastopol Stories), to those of his last period, including posthumous publications ( The Kreutzer Sonata and Father Sergius). Particular attention is paid to his two masterpieces, War and Peace and Anna Karenina. All the studies are based on the most recent developments in cultural theory. The reader of this work will gain new and unique insights into this unparalleled genius of world literature, especially into the methods used to create the works that retain immense importance for us today.

Contributors: Joe Andrew, Eric de Haard, Rose France, Helena Goscilo, Jane Gary Harris, Katalin Kroó, Irina Makoveeva, Deborah Martinsen, Robin Feuer Miller, Robin Milner-Gulland, Audun Mørch, Donna Tussing Orwin, Olga Sobolev, Diane Oenning Thompson
„M’illumino/d’immenso“ – „Ich erleuchte mich/Durch Unermessliches“, so übersetzte Ingeborg Bachmann Giuseppe Ungarettis Gedicht Mattina, das minimalistisch auf Maximales verweist: auf den Reichtum dichterischer Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten wie die Macht poetischen Denkens.
Wie die ästhetischen Ideen der Literatur Leserinnen und Lesern dazu verhelfen, die Grenzen des Eigenen im Fiktionalen zu überschreiten, ja, laut Kant, sogar Vorstellungen vermitteln können vom empirisch wie begrifflich kaum Fassbaren, davon handeln die Fallstudien dieses Bandes: u.a. von Mythen des Schöpferischen, von Bildern des Todes, des Jenseits und der Seele nach dem ‚Tode Gottes‘, von der Melancholie als dunklem Grund des Genies, von den Metamorphosen des Bösen wie des Guten, von der Ekstase, von der Ökonomie des Selbstopfers, vom Widerstand und den Gegenworten der Poesie sowie von Figurationen der Biografik und des Porträts als Annäherungen an das Besondere, das in keinem Allgemeinen aufgeht.
Volume Editors: Walter Bernhart and Axel Englund
Incompletion is an essential condition of cultural history, and particularly the idea of the fragment became a central element of Romantic art. Through its resistance to classicist ideals it continued being of high relevance to the various strands of modernist and contemporary aesthetics. The fourteen essays in this volume, based on the 2017 Stockholm conference of the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA), for the first time address incompletion in a wide range of literary and musical texts, from Baudelaire and Flaubert through Tolstoy and Henry James to Bachmann, Jelinek and Janet Frame, from Nietzsche and Chopin through Russolo and Puccini to Rihm and Kurtàg. Two further essays deal with topical general issues in the field of word and music studies.

Contributors:

Delia da Sousa Correa, The Open University, United Kingdom.
Peter Dayan, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Ivan Delazari, HSE University in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Rolf J. Goebel, The University of Alabama, USA.
Michael Halliwell, The University of Sydney, Australia.
Christin Hoene, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.
Ruth Jacobs, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Lawrence Kramer, Fordham University, USA.
Bernhard Kuhn, Bucknell University, USA.
Margaret Miner, The University of Illinois Chicago, USA.
Beate Schirrmacher, Linnaeus University, Sweden.
David Francis Urrows, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.
Laura Vattano, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Erik Wallrup, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Werner Wolf, University of Graz, Austria.
On the Fascination and Power of Aesthetic Ideas. Translated from German by Joel Golb
“M’illumino/d’immenso” – “I’m lit/with immensity” is Geoffrey Brock’s translation of Giuseppe Ungaretti’s poem Mattina. In the poem’s minimalism, Ungaretti points to the maximal: the richness of poetry’s expressive possibilities and the power of thinking in literature.
This book addresses the fascination of readers to transcend the boundaries of their own in fiction, and literature’s capacity, according to Kant, even to evoke, with the help of the development of aesthetic ideas, representations that exceed what is empirically and conceptually graspable – in case studies about myths of creativity, images of death and the beyond after the ‘death of God’, of the soul, of melancholy as the dark ground of genius, of metamorphoses of both evil and good, of ecstasy, of the economy of self-sacrifice, of the art of resistance, and, among others, about figurations of biography and the portrait as approaches to singularity, what is particular and cannot be fully subsumed to any universality.