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Kovach, Elizabeth; Nünning, Ansgar; Polland, Imke (eds.): Literature and Crises. Conceptual Explorations and Literary Negotiations. ELCH Series. Trier: WVT, 2017.

This volume on the interfaces of the concepts ‘literature’ and ‘crises’ presents analyses of how literary works articulate, negotiate, and challenge states and notions of crisis. It offers theorizations and exemplary analyses of both historical and contemporary relationships between literature and crises – including economic, environmental, political, social, cultural, and humanitarian crises as well as crises of identity, norms, values, and literary expression itself. A driving thesis is that literary and other cultural negotiations of crises can open up alternative ways of thinking and doing, supplying us with narratives and aesthetic experiences that do not simply reflect but also reframe our conceptions and enactments of crisis.

By presenting case studies of works ranging from the 17th-century history play to social-media life writing of the 21st century, the volume conveys a sense of how literature offers diverse and nuanced perspectives on various cultures in/of crisis that often challenge those promulgated by, for instance, the mainstream media. Literary discourse can provide frameworks in which both past and current ‘ages of crises’ must not only be conceived of as periods of fear, danger, and anxiety but also as moments that contain the productive potential to disrupt and transform hegemonic discourses and assumptions.


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Jandl, Ingeborg; Knaller, Susanne; Schönfellner, Sabine; Tockner, Gudrun (eds.): Writing Emotions. Theoretical Concepts and Selected Case Studies in Literature. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2017.

After a long period of neglect, emotions have become an important topic within literary studies. This collection of essays stresses the complex link between aesthetic and non-aesthetic emotional components and discusses emotional patterns by focusing on the practice of writing as well as on the impact of such patterns on receptive processes. Readers interested in the topic will be presented with a concept of aesthetic emotions as formative both within the writing and the reading process. Essays, ranging in focus from the beginning of modern drama to digital formats and theoretical questions, examine examples from English, German, French, Russian and American literature. Contributors include Angela Locatelli, Vera Nünning, and Gesine Lenore Schiewer.  





Berning, Nora; Nünning, Ansgar; Schwanecke, Christine (eds.): Reframing Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies: Theorizing and Analyzing Conceptual Transfer. ELCH Series. Trier: WVT, 2014.


Concepts are indispensable tools for literary and cultural studies scholars. Far from serving only heuristic purposes, they fulfil a range of important functions: Firstly, concepts are historically determined cultural constructs that both shape and are shaped by the theories and cultures out of which they emerge. Moreover, concepts serve a purpose. They validate, question and subvert established power relations and hierarchies of norms and values; they construct and challenge knowledge (cultures); they are involved in the formation, dissolution and emergence of new research fields and disciplines. The present volume on the reframing of concepts in literary and cultural studies bears witness to the fact that concepts are by no means stable entities. They are best understood as cognitive constructs and models for thought that travel between (academic) cultures, communities and disciplines. The ongoing trend toward internationalization and globalization in the humanities, the move toward greater interdisciplinarity as well as the growing influence of intermedialization processes on literary and cultural products and practices have involved a constant (re)framing of concepts, theories, models and methods. Against this backdrop, theorizing and analyzing conceptual transfers are crucial issues for understanding 'reframing' – that is, the implicit processes underneath the essential human practice of making 'meaning' and 'worlds'.


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Wåghäll Nivre, Elisabeth; Schirrmacher, Beate; Egerer, Claudia (eds.): (Re-) Contextualizing Literary and Cultural History: The Representation of the Past in Literary and Material Culture. Stockholm: Stockholm University, 2013.

This volume holds a number of contributions from a conference held at Stockholm University 2–4 September, 2010: (Re)Contextualizing Literary and Cultural History. The aim of the conference was to gather scholars from a variety of disciplines, not only to investigate material or literary history and culture but also to bring theoretical aspects from different ­ elds of research into play. The conference thus brought together scholars to (re-)examine the importance of historical perspectives in literary studies, and to scrutinize the impact of cultural studies on early modern scholarship. A selection of revised papers was chosen for publication in this volume. It is divided into three parts: I Theorizing Literary and Cultural History II Ordering Thoughts—Making Sense of the World, and III Communicating Things and Thoughts.



Preface and Acknowledgements


Ansgar Nünning: No Contextualization without Literary Theory and Concepts: Problems, Kinds and Criteria of Contextualizing Literary History

Maik Bierwirth: Context—Intertext: A Prerequisite of Cultural Relevance and Value



Cora Dietl: Early Modern Dramaturgy of “Horror”

Angela Locatelli: Landscaping Literature in Early Modern England: Praxis, Gnosis and the Shifting Knowledge of Literature

Carin Franzén: The Legacy of Courtly Love and the Feminine Position

Mário Gomes: Framing the Fire: Poetological Notes on Robert Walser’s Early Short Prose

Maria Granic-White: A Prohibitive Presence by Language: Never the Father, Always the Son

Māra Grudule: The Dawn of Latvian Poetics (1697) and its Resonance in 19th-Century Literature

Cordelia Heß: Serving the Mighty: Schemes of Social Distinction in Catechetical and Penitential Literature for Lay People in the 15th century

Nina Karlström: Praising a Queen and a New Era? Gender and Rhetoric in One German-Language Panegyrical Text Written in Connection With the Coronation of Ulrika Eleonora the Younger of Sweden

Erland Sellberg: The Impact of Education on Early Modern Political Culture



Jill Bepler: Traditions of Reading, Writing and Collecting: Books in the Lives of Dynastic Women in Early Modern Germany

Peter Davidson: “The Great Minerva of the Goths” and Other Manifestations of Baroque Internationalism

Inga Elmqvist Söderlund: A Material Turn? The Contexts of Early Modern Material Scientific Heritage

Anna Maria Forssberg: The Information State: War and Communication in Sweden during the 17th Century

Sinikka Neuhaus: Piety and Propaganda: The Use of the Printing Press in Malmoe during the Early Reformation Process

Nünning, Ansgar; Sicks, Kai Marcel (eds.); in collaboration with Daniel Hartley, Mirjam Horn and Claudia Weber: Turning Points: Concepts and Narratives of Change in Literature and Other Media
. Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2012.

At times of crisis and revolution such as ours, diagnoses of crucial junctures and ruptures – ‘turning points’ – in the continuous flow of history are more prevalent than ever. Analysing literary, cinematic and other narratives, the volume seeks to understand the meanings conveyed by different concepts of turning points, the alternative concepts to which they are opposed when used to explain historical change, and those contexts in which they are unmasked as false and over-simplifying constructions. Literature and film in particular stress the importance of turning points as a sensemaking device (as part of a character’s or a community’s cultural memory), while at the same time unfolding the constructive and hence relative character of turning points. Offering complex reflections on the notion of turning points, literary and filmic narratives are thus of particular interest to the present volume.



Ansgar Nünning/Kai Marcel Sicks: Introduction. Conceptualizing Turning Points: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Metaphorical Implications and New Horizons



Ansgar Nünning: “With the Benefit of Hindsight”: Features and Functions of Turning Points as a Narratological Concept and as a Way of Self-Making

Annette Simonis: Turning Points in the 19th-Century Novella. Poetic Negotiations and the Representation of Social Rituals

Pirjo Lyytikäinen: Iterative Narration and Other Forms of Resistance to Peripeties in Modernist Writing

Vincenzo Martella: The Missing Turning Points in the Story: Musil’s Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften between Ethics and Epistemology

Robert Vogt: “If the Stranger hadn’t been there! … But he was!” The Causal, Virtual and Evaluative Dimensions of Turning Points in Alternate Histories, Science-Fiction Stories and Multiverse Narratives



Peter Hanenberg: Long Waves or Vanishing Points? A Cognitive Approach to the Literary Construction of History

Lieven Ameel: On the Threshold. The Brothel and the Literary Salon as Heterotopias in Finnish Urban novels

Diana Gonçalves: (Re)Turn to Dystopia: Community Feeling in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village

Anna Rettberg: Remediating Turning Points for Conviviality and Englishness in Contemporary Black British Literature

Isabel Capeloa Gil: This is (Not) It. Rate, Rattle and Roll in the Struggle for Financial Narratives



Julia Faisst: Turning a Slave Into a Freeman: Frederick Douglass’s Use of Photography and the Invention of African American Fiction

Teresa Ferreira: Reframing Absence: Masquerade as Turning Point in Du Maurier and Hitchcock’s Rebecca

Hanna Mäkelä: Player in the Dark: Mourning over the Loss of the Moral Foundation of Art in Woody Allen’s Match Point

Elisa Antz: Roots, Seduction and Mestiςagem in José Eduardo Agualusa’s My father’s wives

Eleonora Ravizza: A Middle Passage to Modernity. Reflections on David Dabydeen’s Postmodern Slave Narrative A Harlot’s Progress

Linda Karlsson Hammarfelt: Becoming the ‘Other’: Metamorphosis and ‘Turning Points’ in Katja Lange-Müller and Yoko Tawada



Kerstin Lundström: Lay pamphlets in Early Reformation: Turning Points in Religious Discourse

Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre: The King is Dead. Long Live… the Queen. Turning Points in Panegyric Writing – Queen Christina of Sweden (1626–1689)

Marilia dos Santos Lopes: Writing New Worlds. Eberhard Werner Happel and the Invention of a Genre

Rossana Bonadei: Dickens and The Pickwick Papers. Unstable Signs in a Transmodal Discourse

Heta Pyrhönen: Bridget Jones’s Diary: A Case Study of Austen Fan Fiction

Sabrina Kusche: Generic Trends Between and Beyond Book Covers



Bo Pettersson: On the Linguistic Turns in the Humanities and Their Effect on Literary Studies

Angela Locatelli: Turning Points and Mutuality in Literature and Psychoanalysis

Claudia Egerer: The Speaking Animal Speaking the Animal

Sicks, Kai Marcel; Juterczenka, Sünne (Hg.): Figurationen der Heimkehr. Die Passage vom Fremden zum Eigenen in Geschichte und Literatur der Neuzeit. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2011.

Seit Beginn der Neuzeit bilden Darstellungen der Heimkehr in Literatur und anderen Medien verdichtete Reflexionen bereister wie heimischer Kulturen. Die Heimkehr erscheint dabei als eine Schwelle, an der Eigenes und Fremdes ineinander aufgehen und zugleich voneinander geschieden werden; die Heimkehr setzt Eigenes und Fremdes in ein komplexes Beziehungsgeflecht. Beiträge aus den Literatur-, Geschichts- und Medienwissenschaften zeigen im vorliegenden Band, wie diese Komplexität in Heimkehrdarstellungen entfaltet wird. Die Inszenierungen der Heimkehr variieren, je nachdem welcher kulturellen Situation sie entstammen. Die Heimkehr aus dem Krieg wirft andere Probleme der Darstellung auf – und ihre Darstellung bringt andere Reflexionen von Kultur, Gesellschaft und Individuum mit sich – als die Heimkehr aus dem Exil, die Heimkehr von der Entdeckungsreise oder die Heimkehr im Rahmen eines grundsätzlich nomadisch ausgerichteten Künstlertums. Immer aber machen die Heimkehrinszenierungen deutlich, dass „Heimat“ konstruiert, prozesshaft und dialektisch auf die Fremde bezogen ist und im Grunde beim Passieren der Schwelle erst hervorgebracht wird.


Ansgar Nünning: Vorwort
Kai Marcel Sicks/Sünne Juterczenka: Die Schwelle der Heimkehr. Einleitung

1. Eroberte Fremde. Reisen, Entdecken, Heimkehren

Sünne Juterczenka: Ferdinand Magellan und James Cook – Entdecker ohne Heimkehr. Ein Vergleich
Anke Fischer-Kattner: (K)Ein idealer Entdecker. Erfolge und Scheitern der Heimkehr des Abessinienreisenden James Bruce (1773-1790)
Gesa Mackenthun: "Not all Charts and Chronometers". Territorien der Rückkehr in fiktionalen Entdeckungsreisen
Elisa Antz: Heimat als Heterotopie. Mark Sloukas The Visible World (2007) als Herkunftsreiseroman

2. Entfremdete Heimat. Heimkehr aus dem Krieg
Steffi Bahro: "Du kannst heimgehen." Perspektiven frühneuzeitlicher Kriegsheimkehr im Märchen
Robert Vogt: "All is Fair in Love and War". Heimkehr als Imagination in Ambrose Bierces An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1890/91)
Svenja Goltermann: Zwischen den Zeiten. Deutsche Soldaten und ihre Rückkehr aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg
Kai Marcel Sicks: Heimkehr und Heimlichkeit. Der Nachkrieg als Latenzzeit in Anna Seghers' Der Mann und sein Name (1952) 

3. Ersehnte Heimkehr. Migration und Exil

Susanne Lachenicht: Religiöse Diasporen in der Frühen Neuzeit. Zwischen Homeland und überstaatlichen Netzwerken
Katharina Bauer: Flucht vor dem Tod. Heimkehr in Aleksej N. Tolstojs Roman Aёlita. Der Untergang des Mars
Katharina Pfeiffer: Heimkehr als Erkenntnis- und Heilungsprozess. Conversazione in Sicilia von Elio Vittorini
Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink: Trauma und Kreativität der Heimkehr aus dem Exil. Europäisch-außereuropäische Konfigurationen 

4. Aufgeschobene Heimkehr. Leben im Transit
Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre: Reise in die Anti-Heimat im Faustbuch von 1587
Linda Karlsson Hammarfelt: "Am Rande der Welt." Die Unmöglichkeit der Heimkehr in Annemarie Schwarzenbachs Vorderasien-Texten
Vincenzo Martella: Heimkehr in die Zivilisation. Adornos Odysseus-Figuration in der Dialektik der Aufklärung
Philipp Schulte: Der geplatzte Traum vom glatten Raum. Aus- und Rückwanderung in populären Dokutainment-Formaten

Lyytikäinen, Pirjo; Klapuri, Tintti; Maijala, Minna (eds.): Genre and Interpretation. Helsinki: Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki & The Finnish Graduate School of Literary Studies, 2010.

Why does genre matter? What is the role of genre in the interpretation of literary texts? How can we describe and define genres? These questions are the basic dilemmas addressed in this volume, and each question has  elicited different answers and various exemplary analyses. Genre and interpretation are vital and central issues in literary studies since no literary criticism is possible without a discussion of genre or the methods and role of interpretation in literature.





Brian McHale: Science fiction, or, the Most Typical Genre in World Literature

Ansgar Nünning: Genre Theory Matters: Criteria for Defining and Classifying Genres and a Typology of Historical Novels and other Narrative Genres

Vera Nünning: The Relevance of Generic Frames for Interpretation of Novels

Bo Petterson: On the Interrelation of Genre and Mimesis, Especially in Science Fiction and Realist Fiction

Angela Locatelli: ’I give you my word(s)’: Layered Realism and Images of Life in Literature

Saija Isomaa: Genre Theory after the Linguistic Turn: An Anti-Essentialist, Hermeneutic Approach to Literary Genres

Lieven Ameel: The Road to Helsinki: The Young Provincial and Confrontation with the City In Juhani Aho’s Helsinkiin (1889) and Finnish Literature at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Tuomas Juntunen: Waiting for Nothing Significant? Tragedy as a Subtext in Juha Seppälä's Novel Yhtiökumppanit

Tintti Klapuri: Naturalistic Worldview in Chekhov's Non-Fiction: Social Adaptation and Intertwining Discourses in Sakhalin Island

Maria Lival-Juusela: From the Margin of Finland’s Swedish Literature toward Identifying the Female Bildungsroman

Hanna Mäkelä: ’Imitators and Observers’: Mimetic and Elegiac Character Relationships in Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Siri Hustvedt's What I Loved

Netta Nakari: Confessing Passion in Annie Ernaux’s Passion simple