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Research Profile

Under the influence of new approaches to the study of culture, classic philologies have undergone considerable change in the past twenty years. These have entailed the development of new theories, methods and models in literary and cultural studies, which contribute decisively to the IPP’s research profile.

In the thriving field of literary and cultural studies, the IPP is deeply committed to cutting edge research in four key areas which illustrate the diversity of contemporary perspectives on and developments in the study of culture.

Literary and Cultural Theory, Models, Methodology and Terminology

This module includes basic research in literary and cultural studies such as approaches in poetics, aesthetics, semiotics, discourse analysis, and hermeneutics as well as in gender studies, postcolonial theory and narratology. Furthermore, key terms such as “culture” as well as interpretive models and methodology are discussed here.

Genre Theory

This module encompasses not only recent theories in literary genres and their demarcation but also cognitive, feminist and post-colonial approaches in narratology.

Literary and Cultural Historiography

This module foregrounds diachronic perspectives in literary and cultural studies. It discusses and challenges categorisations and periodisation in literary and cultural historiography as well as re-conceptualises selection criteria for canonisation processes.

Comparative and Interdisciplinary Issues

Th ismodule revolves around comparative issues with special reference to memory studies. It also includes issues of intermediality (such as the relationship between image and text or text and theatre stage) as well as issues of meaning-making in narrative and theatrical contexts. This module is enhanced by key topics from literary and cultural studies such as identity and transculturality.

 

In addition to the IPP’s own key areas of research, IPP members are strongly encouraged to actively engage in one or several of the junior research groups within the Giessen Graduate Centre for Humanities (GGK).

You can find out more about them here.