Aus unseren Neuerwerbungen – Germanistik 2022.8

Con­test­ed selves: life writ­ing and Ger­man cul­ture
BuchcoverInves­ti­gates the field of Ger­man life writ­ing, from Rahel Levin Varn­hagen around 1800 to Car­men Syl­va a cen­tu­ry lat­er, from Döblin, Bech­er, women’s WWII diaries, Ger­man-Jew­ish mem­oirs, and East Ger­man women’s inter­view lit­er­a­ture to the aut­ofic­tion of Lena Gore­lik.
In recent decades, life writ­ing has explod­ed in pop­u­lar­i­ty: mem­oirs that focus on trau­mat­ic expe­ri­ences now con­sti­tute the largest growth sec­tor in book pub­lish­ing world­wide. But life writ­ing is not only high­ly mar­ketable; it also does impor­tant emo­tion­al, cul­tur­al, and polit­i­cal work. It is more avail­able to ama­teurs and those with­out the cul­tur­al cap­i­tal or the self-con­fi­dence to embrace more tra­di­tion­al lit­er­ary forms, and thus gives voice to mar­gin­al­ized pop­u­la­tions. Con­test­ed Selves inves­ti­gates var­i­ous forms of Ger­man-lan­guage life writ­ing, includ­ing mem­oirs, inter­views, let­ters, diaries, and graph­ic nov­els, shed­ding light on its demo­c­ra­t­ic poten­tial, on its abil­i­ty to per­son­al­ize his­to­ry and his­tori­cize the per­son­al. The con­trib­u­tors ask how the var­i­ous authors con­struct and nego­ti­ate notions of the self rel­a­tive to sociopo­lit­i­cal con­texts, cul­tur­al tra­di­tions, genre expec­ta­tions, and nar­ra­tive norms. They also inves­ti­gate the nexus of writ­ing, mem­o­ry, and expe­ri­ence, includ­ing the genre’s truth claims vis-à-vis the pli­a­bil­i­ty and unre­li­a­bil­i­ty of human mem­o­ries. Final­ly, they explore eth­i­cal ques­tions that arise from inti­mate life writ­ing and from the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of „vul­ner­a­ble sub­jects“ as well as from the inter­re­la­tion of mate­r­i­al body, embod­ied self, and nar­ra­tive. All forms of life writ­ing dis­cussed in this vol­ume are invest­ed in a process of mak­ing mean­ing and in an exchange of expe­ri­ence that allows us to relate our lives to the lives of oth­ers.
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Roman­ti­cism, phi­los­o­phy, and lit­er­a­ture
BuchcoverThis book offers a broad re-eval­u­a­tion of the key ideas devel­oped by the Ger­man Roman­tics con­cern­ing phi­los­o­phy and lit­er­a­ture. It focus­es not only on their own work, but also on that of their fel­low trav­el­ers (such as Hölder­lin) and their con­tem­po­rary oppo­nents (such as Hegel), as well as on var­i­ous reac­tions to and trans­po­si­tions of their ideas in lat­er authors, includ­ing Coleridge, Byron, Kierkegaard, Niet­zsche, and Dos­to­evsky.
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