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Ghosts - or the (Nearly) Invisible

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Book Series: ALPH: Arbeiten zur Literarischen Phantastik / ALPH: Approaches to Literary Phantasy ISBN: 9783631665664 9783653059625 Year: DOI: 10.3726/978-3-653-05962-5 Language: English
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101525
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In this volume, ghost stories are studied in the context of their media, their place in history and geography. From prehistory to this day, we have been haunted by our memories, the past itself, by inklings of the future, by events playing outside our lives, and by ourselves. Hence the lure of ghost stories throughout history and presumably prehistory. Science has been a great destroyer of myth and superstition, but at the same time it has created new black boxes which we are filling with our ghostly imagination. In this book, literature from the Middle Ages to Oscar Wilde and Neil Gaiman, children’s stories, folklore and films, ranging from the Antarctic and Russia to Haiti, are covered and show the continuing presence of spectral phenomena.

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From Orientalism to Cultural Capital

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ISBN: 9783034322034 9781787073944 Year: DOI: 10.3726/b11211 Language: English
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100658
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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From Orientalism to Cultural Capital presents a fascinating account of the wave of Russophilia that pervaded British literary culture in the early twentieth century. The authors bring a new approach to the study of this period, exploring the literary phenomenon through two theoretical models from the social sciences: Orientalism and the notion of «cultural capital» associated with Pierre Bourdieu. Examining the responses of leading literary practitioners who had a significant impact on the institutional transmission of Russian culture, they reassess the mechanics of cultural dialogism, mediation and exchange, casting new light on British perceptions of modernism as a transcultural artistic movement and the ways in which the literary interaction with the myth of Russia shaped and intensified these cultural views.

They Aren’t, Until I Call Them

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ISBN: 9783631589823 Year: Pages: 236 Language: English
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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In the story of the three baseball umpires, two novice umpires compete in boasting how they respect «truth» and the way things «really» are. One says, «I call them the way I see them»; the other, trying to trump this remark, responds, «I call them the way they are». Then enters the third, most seasoned umpire, saying, «They aren’t, until I call them».
This book deals with two widely argued issues in literature criticism today, performativity and subjectivity. How do people become who they are? What scripts do they follow when they «do» gender, race, and sexuality? Tying into speech act theories and subjectivity theories, as well as gender, race, and sexuality studies, the author explores – through the close reading of several American texts – the many ways words make «things» in literature.

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American --- Aren --- Aren’t --- Bollobás --- Call --- Gender --- Literature --- Performing --- Race --- Subaltern --- Subject --- Them --- They --- Until

Zeit- und Alterstopik im Minnesang

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ISBN: 9783631759554 9783631761304 Year: DOI: 10.3726/b14371 Language: English
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103640
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Der Band präsentiert ein grundlegendes systematisch-theoretisches Gesamtkonzept zur Erforschung minnesangspezifischer Zeit- und Alterstopik sowie innovative Ergebnisse zur Walther-, Reinmar-, Neidhart- und Oswald-Philologie. Die Analysen widmen sich sowohl ‚kanonischen‘ als auch seltener behandelten Liedern der vier Autoren und arbeiten unter anderem mit Verfahren der rhetorischen und literaturwissenschaftlichen Toposforschung, der Varianzforschung und der Erzähltextanalyse.

Science Fiction Literature in East Germany

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Book Series: DDR- Studien / East German Studies ISBN: 9781788745659 9781788745666 9783039107391 Year: Pages: 333 Language: English
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Subject: Social Sciences --- Science (General) --- Languages and Literatures
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East German science fiction enabled its authors to create a subversive space in another time and place. One of the country’s most popular genres, it outlined futures that often went beyond the party’s official version. Many utopian stories provided a corrective vision, intended to preserve and improve upon East German communism. This study is an introduction to East German science fiction. The book begins with a chapter on German science fiction before 1949. It then spans the entire existence of the country (1949-1990) and outlines key topics essential to understanding the genre: popular literature, socialist realism, censorship, fandom, and international science fiction. An in-depth discussion addresses notions of high and low literature, elements of the fantastic and utopia as critical narrative strategies, ideology and realism in East German literature, gender, and the relation between literature and science. Through a close textual analysis of three science fiction novels, the author expands East German literary history to include science fiction as a valuable source for developing a multi-faceted understanding of the country’s short history. Finally, an epilogue notes new titles and developments since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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