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A Poetics of Neurosis

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Book Series: Edition Kulturwissenschaft ISBN: 9783837641325 Year: Pages: 206 DOI: 10.14361/9783839441329 Language: English
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While psychiatry and the neurosciences have dismissed the concept of neurosis as too vague for medical purposes, in recent years literary studies have adopted the term by virtue of its abstractness. This volume investigates the verbalization of neurosis in literary and cultural texts. As opposed to the medical diagnostics of neurosis in the individual, the contributions focus on the poetics of neurosis. They indicate how neuroses are still routinely romanticized or vilified, bent to suit aesthetic and narrative choices, and transfigured to illustrate unresolved cultural tensions.

Wounds and Words

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Book Series: Lettre ISBN: 9783837623789 9783839423783 Year: DOI: 10.26530/oapen_627792 Language: English
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Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Trauma has become a hotly contested topic in literary studies. But interest in trauma is not new; its roots extend to the Romantic period, when novelists and the first psychiatrists influenced each others' investigations of the 'wounded mind'. This book looks back to these early attempts to understand trauma, reading a selection of Romantic novels in dialogue with Romantic and contemporary psychiatry. It then carries that dialogue forward to postmodern fiction, examining further how empirical approaches can deepen our theorizations of trauma. Within an interdisciplinary framework, this study reveals fresh insights into the poetics, politics, and ethics of trauma fiction.

DiverCity – Global Cities as a Literary Phenomenon

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Book Series: Lettre ISBN: 9783837635416 9783839435410 Year: Language: English
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Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Based on the structured analysis of selected North American novels, this work examines global cities as a literary phenomenon (»DiverCity«). By analyzing Dionne Brand’s Toronto, »What We All Long For« (2005), Chang-rae Lee’s New York, »Native Speaker« (1995), and Karen Tei Yamashita’s Los Angeles, »Tropic of Orange« (1997), Melanie U. Pooch provides the connecting link for exploring the triad of globalization and its effects, global cities as cultural nodal points, and cultural diversity in a globalizing age as a literary phenomenon. Thus, she contributes to a global, interdisciplinary, and multi-perspectival understanding of literature, culture, and society.

Writing Emotions

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Book Series: Lettre ISBN: 9783837637939 9783839437933 Year: Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101234
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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After a long period of neglect, emotions have become an important topic within literary studies. This collection of essays stresses the complex link between aesthetic and non-aesthetic emotional components. Against this background, emotional patterns are discussed by focusing on the practice of writing as well as on the impact of emotional patterns on receptive processes. Readers will be confronted with a concept of aesthetic emotions as formative both within the writing and the reading process. Essays, ranging in matter from the beginning of modern drama to digital formats and theoretical questions, discuss examples from English, German, French, Russian and American literature.

Houses, Secrets, and the Closet

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Book Series: Lettre ISBN: 9783837634686 9783839434680 Year: Language: English
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Subject: Languages and Literatures
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»Houses, Secrets, and the Closet« investigates the literary production of masculinities and their relation to secrets and sexualities in 18th and 19th century fiction. It focusses on close readings of Gothic fiction, Sensation Novels, and tales by Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, William Godwin, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Wilkie Collins, and Henry James. The study approaches these texts through the lens of domestic space, gender, knowledge, and power. This approach serves to investigate the cultural roots of the »closet« – the male homosexual secret – which reveals a more general notion of male secrecy in modern society. The study thus contributes to a better understanding of the cultural history of masculinities and sexualities.

Mikrologien

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Book Series: Lettre ISBN: 9783839401682 9783899421682 Year: Pages: 182 DOI: 10.14361/9783839401682 Language: German
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Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Mikrologien - das sind die Kleinigkeiten, die kleinen Dinge. Sie erscheinen oft als unbedeutend, niedlich, dem Übersehen preisgegeben. Aber erschöpft sich ihr Logos in dieser (scheinbaren) Schwäche? Die vorliegenden Aufsätze entdecken andere Potenziale des Kleinen. In Literatur und Philosophie wird das Grundlegende, das Störende, das Dichte, die fantastische Welthaltigkeit aufgespürt. Die Autoren stecken an exemplarischen Gegenständen einen historischen Raum vom 17. bis zum 21. Jahrhundert ab und erkunden das Kleine als motivische, formale, epistemische und poetologische Instanz. Die mikrologische Recherche zeigt, dass die keimhafte, monadische und atomistische Relation zum Großen und Ganzen die literarische und philosophische Einbildungskraft enorm provoziert hat. Der Band behandelt u.a. Arbeiten von Walter Benjamin, Adalbert Stifter, Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka, Heinrich von Kleist und Virginia Woolf.

Die Verrücktheit des Sinns

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Book Series: Literalität und Liminalität ISBN: 9783839407387 9783899427387 Year: Pages: 366 DOI: 10.14361/9783839407387 Language: German
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Subject: Languages and Literatures
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In der romantischen Literatur und Philosophie erscheint »Wahnsinn« nicht als das »Andere der Vernunft«, nicht als Gegenstück zu einer selbstgewissen Rationalität, sondern als eine Verrücktheit, die in der Struktur des Zeichens und also des Sinns angelegt ist. Für Immanuel Kant ist deshalb jeder Mensch potentiell wahnsinnig. Die Erzählungen E.T.A. Hoffmanns und Thomas Carlyles handeln von der strukturellen Verrücktheit des Sinns. Entgegen althergebrachter ideen- und sozialhistorischer Behandlungen der Thematik zeigt diese Studie völlig neue Facetten des Wahnsinns in präzisen Lektüren der Texte von Kant, E.T.A. Hoffmann und Thomas Carlyle.

Kulturelle Einflussangst

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Book Series: Lettre ISBN: 9783839405352 9783899425352 Year: Pages: 232 DOI: 10.14361/9783839405352 Language: German
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Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Neben verschiedenen Repräsentationen des Anderen Europas hat die koloniale Reiseliteratur auch das Fremdbild des enteuropäisierten Europäers hervorgebracht. Dieser Typus gibt Aufschluss über ein bisher noch kaum erfasstes Phänomen, das als kulturelle Einflussangst beschrieben werden kann. Insbesondere im 19. Jahrhundert lässt sich eine intensive Auseinandersetzung mit den möglichen Folgen von Akkulturation, 'Rassenmischung' und Klimaeinflüssen für weiße Reisende und Kolonisten in den Tropen beobachten. Literarische Texte inszenieren den kolonialen Raum als ein Feld interkultureller Begegnungen, das von einer klaren Grenze durchzogen ist - die zu überschreiten tabu bleibt.

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