Cultural Contexts and Literary Forms published

Goethe Society of India Yearbook 2015 coverGenres mutate, disappear, travel through translation and sometimes re-emerge. Traditionally viewed as a classificatory device, the idea of genre has been challenged by anti-genre theoreticians who question the possibility of reading texts merely through a typological framework. The essays in this volume contribute to a transcultural poetics through an engagement with genre, viewing it as neither normative nor inflexible. They investigate historically established genres; genres that transgress conventions as they move between different art forms and cultures; and genres that, whilst seeming to respond to reader expectations, expand and create new communicative spaces. The volume includes not only theoretical considerations of the boundaries and scope of genre but also case studies of science fiction, poetry, aphorism, immigrant writing, filmic adaptation and the role of translation in genre.

This volume is the 2015 Yearbook of the Goethe Society of India.

Contents: Margit Köves: Spaces, bodies and arts in the work of László Krasznahorkai – Judhajit Sarkar: To read or not to read generically: Notes towards some comparative possibilities – Sachita Kaushal: Blurring the boundaries: On the emerging trends in the genre of science fiction – Kamakshi P. Murti: Germany and its Muslim immigrant: The dissembling function of taxonomy – Chandrani Chatterjee: Translation as enabling: A case study of genre and translation – Anupam Siddharth: Linguistic estrangement and science fiction in Arno Schmidt’s Die Gelehrtenrepublik – Sebastian Griese: Zwischen Erzählmodell und Gattungskompetenz. Ulla Hahns Roman Unscharfe Bilder und die Rhetorik des kulturellen Gedächtnisses – Michaela Holdenried: Spuren lesen. Forschungsreisen als Sujet der Gegenwartsliteratur – Andreas Wiebel: Entwicklungen der Gegenwartslyrik. Zum Beispiel Filzstiftpoesie – David Midgley: Der fremde Blick. Zur Verwendung hinduistischer Motive in Alfred Döblins Manas – Stefan Hajduk: Herders Ideen einer «Logik des Affekts» und einer ‘aesthetischen Poetik’. Zur relativen Identität literarischer Gattungen unter komparatistischen und transkulturellen Aspekten – Carola Hilmes: The aphorism and the significance of this literary genre around 1800 – Wynfrid Kriegleder: A comparative look at German and Austrian literature around 1800 through the lens of genre theory – Jochen Golz: Faust und das Faustische. Ein abgeschlossenes Kapitel deutscher Ideologie?

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