Aus unseren Neuerwerbungen – Germanistik 2023.9

The ditran­si­tive alter­na­tion in present-day Ger­man. A cor­pus-based analy­sis
BuchcoverThe ditran­si­tive (or “dative”) alter­na­tion is a much-stud­ied phe­nom­e­non in con­tem­po­rary lin­guis­tics. This mono­graph is the first to address the alter­na­tion in present-day writ­ten Ger­man from both a quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive per­spec­tive. As well as pro­vid­ing a cor­pus-based analy­sis of exten­sive­ly anno­tat­ed data and detailed sta­tis­ti­cal infor­ma­tion, the book also con­tributes to the the­o­ry of lan­guage by devel­op­ing an alter­na­tive frame­work to exist­ing inves­ti­ga­tions of the alter­na­tion. It is shown that the alter­na­tion can be account­ed for in a com­pre­hen­sive way by adopt­ing a three-lay­er approach to mean­ing and sense based on the work of E. Coseriu and S. Levin­son. In this approach, a construction’s lan­guage-spe­cif­ic encod­ed mean­ing is dis­tin­guished both from its con­ven­tion­al (“nor­mal”) uses and its dis­course-spe­cif­ic inter­pre­ta­tions in par­tic­u­lar con­texts. The mono­graph is like­ly to attract atten­tion from researchers in the fields of Ger­man and Eng­lish lin­guis­tics, gen­er­al and con­trastive lin­guis­tics as well as lin­guis­tic the­o­ry.
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Mann’s ‚Mag­ic Moun­tain‘: world lit­er­a­ture and clos­er read­ing
This is the first study of Thomas Mann’s land­mark Ger­man mod­ernist nov­el Der Zauber­berg (The Mag­ic Moun­tain, 1924) that takes as its start­ing point the inter­est in Mann’s book shown by non-aca­d­e­m­ic read­ers. It is also a case study in a clus­ter of issues cen­tral to the inter­re­lat­ed fields of transna­tion­al Ger­man stud­ies, glob­al mod­ernism stud­ies, com­par­a­tive lit­er­a­ture, and recep­tion the­o­ry: it address­es the glob­al cir­cu­la­tion of Ger­man mod­ernism, pop­u­lar after­lives of a canon­i­cal work, access to cul­tur­al par­tic­i­pa­tion, rela­tion­ship between so-called ‘high-brow’ and ‘low-brow’ cul­ture, and the lim­i­ta­tions of tra­di­tion­al aca­d­e­m­ic read­ing prac­tices. The book inter­venes in these dis­cus­sions by devel­op­ing a crit­i­cal prac­tice termed ‘clos­er read­ing’ and posi­tion­ing it with­in the frame­work of world lit­er­a­ture stud­ies. The book cen­tres around nine com­par­a­tive read­ings of five nov­els, three films, and one short sto­ry con­ceived as respons­es to The Mag­ic Moun­tain. They pro­vide access to dis­tinct read­ings of Mann’s text on three lev­els: they func­tion as records of their authors’ read­ing of Mann, pro­vide insights into broad­er, cul­tur­al­ly and his­tor­i­cal­ly spe­cif­ic inter­pre­ta­tions of the nov­el, and fea­ture por­tray­als of fic­tion­al read­ers of The Mag­ic Moun­tain. These nine case stud­ies are con­tex­tu­al­ized, com­ple­ment­ed, enhanced, and expand­ed through ref­er­ences to oth­er diverse sources that tes­ti­fy to a live­ly engage­ment with The Mag­ic Moun­tain out­side of aca­d­e­m­ic schol­ar­ship, includ­ing jour­nal­is­tic reviews, dis­cus­sions on inter­net fora and blogs, per­son­al essays and mem­oirs, Mann’s fan mail and his replies to it, pub­lish­ing adver­tise­ments, and mar­ket­ing brochures from Davos, where the nov­el is set.
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