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In Search of the Culprit: Aspects of Medieval Authorship

Lukas Rös­li & Ste­fanie Grop­per (Hrsg.) |


Despite var­i­ous post­struc­tural­ist rejec­tions of the idea of a sin­gu­lar author-genius, the ques­tion of a tex­tu­al arche­type that can be assigned to a named author is still a com­mon schol­ar­ly phan­tasm. The Roman­tic idea that an author cre­at­ed a text or even a work autonomous­ly is trans­ferred even to pre-mod­ern lit­er­a­ture today. This ignores the fact that the trans­mis­sion of medieval and ear­ly mod­ern lit­er­a­ture cre­ates vari­ances that could not be jus­ti­fied by means of sin­gu­lar author­ships. The present vol­ume offers new the­o­ret­i­cal approach­es from Eng­lish, Ger­man, and Scan­di­na­vian stud­ies to pro­vide a his­tor­i­cal­ly more ade­quate approach to the ques­tion of author­ship in pre­mod­ern lit­er­ary cul­tures. Author­ship is no longer equat­ed with an extra-tex­tu­al enti­ty, but is instead con­sid­ered a nar­ra­to­log­i­cal, inner- and inter­tex­tu­al func­tion that can be rec­og­nized in the ret­ro­spec­tive­ly estab­lished begin­nings of lit­er­a­ture as well as in the medi­al trans­for­ma­tion of texts dur­ing the ear­ly days of print­ing. The vol­ume is aimed at inter­est­ed schol­ars of all philolo­gies, espe­cial­ly those deal­ing with the Mid­dle Ages or Ear­ly Mod­ern Peri­od.

The diseased brain and the failing mind: dementia in science, medicine and literature of the long twentieth century

Mar­ti­na Zim­mer­mann |


The Dis­eased Brain and the Fail­ing Mind charts chang­ing cul­tur­al under­stand­ings of demen­tia and alzheimer’s dis­ease in sci­en­tif­ic and cul­tur­al texts across the 20th Cen­tu­ry. Read­ing a range of texts from the US, UK, Europe and Japan, the book exam­ines how the lan­guage of demen­tia – regard­ing the loss of iden­ti­ty, loss of agency, loss of self and life – is root­ed in sci­en­tif­ic dis­course and expressed in pop­u­lar and lit­er­ary texts. Fol­low­ing chang­ing sci­en­tif­ic under­stand­ings of demen­tia, the book also demon­strates how cul­tur­al expres­sions of the expe­ri­ence and demen­tia have fed back into the way med­ical insti­tu­tions have treat­ed demen­tia patients.
The book includes a glos­sary of sci­en­tif­ic terms for non-spe­cial­ist read­ers.

A Poetic History of the Oceans: Literature and Maritime Modernity

Søren Frank |

What is the ocean’s role in human and plan­e­tary his­to­ry? How have writ­ers, sailors, painters, sci­en­tists, his­to­ri­ans, and philoso­phers from across time and space poet­i­cal­ly envi­sioned the oceans and depict­ed human entan­gle­ments with the sea? In order to answer these ques­tions, Søren Frank cov­ers an impres­sive range of mate­r­i­al in A Poet­ic His­to­ry of the Oceans: Greek, Roman and Bib­li­cal texts, an Ice­landic Saga, Shake­speare­an dra­ma, Jens Munk’s log­book, 19th cen­tu­ry-writ­ers such as James Fen­i­more Coop­er, Her­man Melville, Jules Michelet, Vic­tor Hugo, Jules Verne, Jonas Lie, and Joseph Con­rad as well as their 20th and 21st cen­tu­ry-heirs like J. G. Bal­lard, Jens Bjørneboe, and Siri Ran­va Hjelm Jacob­sen.
A Poet­ic His­to­ry of the Oceans pro­motes what Frank labels an amphib­ian com­par­a­tive lit­er­a­ture and mobilis­es recent the­o­ret­i­cal con­cepts and method­olog­i­cal devel­op­ments in Blue Human­i­ties, Blue Ecol­o­gy, and New Mate­ri­al­ism to shed new light on well-known texts and intro­duce read­ers to impor­tant, but less­er-known Scan­di­na­vian lit­er­ary engage­ments with the sea.

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