Aus unseren Neuerwerbungen – Sprachen und Literaturen allgemein 2022.2

I saw the dog: how lan­guage works
BuchcoverEvery lan­guage in the world shares a few com­mon fea­tures: we can ask a ques­tion, say some­thing belongs to us, and tell some­one what to do. But beyond that, our lan­guages are rich­ly and almost infi­nite­ly var­ied: a French speak­er can’t con­ceive of a world that isn’t split into un and une, male and female, while Esto­ni­ans have only one word for both men and women: tema. In Dyir­bal, an Aus­tralian lan­guage, things might be mas­cu­line, fem­i­nine, neuter — or edi­ble veg­etable.
Every lan­guage tells us some­thing about the peo­ple who use it. In I Saw the Dog, lin­guist Alexan­dra Aikhen­vald takes us from the remote swamp­lands of Papua New Guinea to the uni­ver­si­ty cam­pus­es of North Amer­i­ca to illu­mi­nate the vital impor­tance of names, the val­ue of being able to say exact­ly what you mean, what lan­guage can tell us about what it means to be human – and what we lose when they dis­ap­pear for­ev­er.
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Con­tem­po­rary Fairy-Tale Mag­ic. Sub­vert­ing Gen­der and Genre
BuchcoverCon­tem­po­rary Fairy-Tale Mag­ic, edit­ed by Lydia Brugué and Auba Llom­part, stud­ies the impact of fairy tales on con­tem­po­rary cul­tures from an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary per­spec­tive, with spe­cial empha­sis on how lit­er­a­ture and film are retelling clas­sic fairy tales for mod­ern audi­ences. We are cur­rent­ly wit­ness­ing a resur­gence of fairy tales and fairy-tale char­ac­ters and motifs in art and pop­u­lar cul­ture, as well as an increas­ing and renewed inter­est in rein­vent­ing and sub­vert­ing these nar­ra­tives to adapt them to the expec­ta­tions and needs of the con­tem­po­rary pub­lic. The col­lect­ed essays also observe how the influ­ence of aca­d­e­m­ic dis­ci­plines like Gen­der Stud­ies and cur­rent lit­er­ary and cin­e­mat­ic trends play an impor­tant part in the revi­sion of fairy-tale plots, char­ac­ters and themes.
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