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Erste Briefe / First Letters Aus Dem Exil 1945-1950. (Un)Mögliche Gespräche. Fallbeispiele Des Literarischen Und Künstlerischen Exils, Reinhard Andress Oct 2017

Erste Briefe / First Letters Aus Dem Exil 1945-1950. (Un)Mögliche Gespräche. Fallbeispiele Des Literarischen Und Künstlerischen Exils, Reinhard Andress

Reinhard Andress

Zunächst eine Begriffsklärung durch die Herausgeber: „Als Erste Briefe werden hier jene Korrespondenzen verstanden und in den Blick genommen, die ab 1945–1946 zwischen Exilanten und im nationalsozialistischen Deutschland bzw. Österreich verbliebenen Freunden oder Kollegen und Kolleginnen die Wiederaufnahme eines Gesprächs markieren“ (9). Dabei geht die Forschung diesbezüglich auf David Kettler zurück, der sich schon seit Jahren mit Grundfragen des Exils aus interdisziplinärer und interkultureller Sicht beschäftigt. Im vorliegenden Band werden die ersten Briefe von solchen schreibenden Exilanten wie Hermann Kesten, Oskar Maria Graf, Thomas Mann, Anna Seghers, Karl Otten, Friedrich Torberg, Robert Neumann, Johannes R. Becher, Annemarie Selinko, Heinrich ...


Eine Bitte An Thomas Jefferson Um Tabaksamen: Ein Unveröffentlichter Brief Alexander Von Humboldts, Reinhard Andress Oct 2017

Eine Bitte An Thomas Jefferson Um Tabaksamen: Ein Unveröffentlichter Brief Alexander Von Humboldts, Reinhard Andress

Reinhard Andress

This contribution discusses an hitherto unpublished letter written by Alexander von Humboldt to Thomas Jefferson. The letter offers us an illuminating insight into Humboldt’s personal, political and scientific networks and closes a gap in the correspondence between Humboldt and Jefferson.


Cross-Language Community Engagement: Assessing The Strengths Of Heritage Learners, Elise Dubord, Elizabeth Kimball Sep 2017

Cross-Language Community Engagement: Assessing The Strengths Of Heritage Learners, Elise Dubord, Elizabeth Kimball

Elise DuBord

This article reports on university students’ learning outcomes stemming from their work as language partners in a community-based learning project in an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class with adult Spanish-speaking immigrants. We present a rubric designed to assess student learning in the collaborative, cross-language nature of the partnership that moves beyond notions of language acquisition. The rubric was used to score the reflective writing of students in two university classes who participated in this off-campus partnership, one in Spanish for majors, and one in English for general education students. Our analysis focuses on correlations between students’ language ...


Exchange In And Beyond The Cartas Marruecas Of José Cadalso, Travis C. Landry Apr 2017

Exchange In And Beyond The Cartas Marruecas Of José Cadalso, Travis C. Landry

Travis C Landry

No abstract provided.


The Taming Of The Literary Animal A Review Of Jonathan Gottschall And David Sloan Wilson (Eds.) The Literary Animal: Evolution And The Nature Of Narrative. Evanston, Il: Northwestern University Press, 2005. Xxvi + 303 Pp., Travis Landry Apr 2017

The Taming Of The Literary Animal A Review Of Jonathan Gottschall And David Sloan Wilson (Eds.) The Literary Animal: Evolution And The Nature Of Narrative. Evanston, Il: Northwestern University Press, 2005. Xxvi + 303 Pp., Travis Landry

Travis C Landry

No abstract provided.


“Man Darf Nicht Sagen...”. Kafka’S 1906 Fragment Über Ästhetische Apperception („On Perception“), Jonathan Skolnik Dec 2016

“Man Darf Nicht Sagen...”. Kafka’S 1906 Fragment Über Ästhetische Apperception („On Perception“), Jonathan Skolnik

Jonathan Skolnik


Inspired by Scott Spector’s analysis of the Prague Circle, this article investigates
how Kafka’s fragment “On Perception” (“Über ästhetische Apperception”) might
be viewed as a product of the dialogue between Brod and Kafka. After surveying
how Kafka scholars have framed and tried to apply Kafka’s early text on
aesthetics, the article shows Kafka’s work refuses to engage with the powerful
anti-Jewish tropes of aesthetic theory around 1900 (Weininger) and instead
develops literary themes and techniques that anticipate many aspects of Kafka’s
later literary production


Prince Myshkin As A Tragic Interpretation Of Don Quixote, Slav N. Gratchev Phd Dec 2016

Prince Myshkin As A Tragic Interpretation Of Don Quixote, Slav N. Gratchev Phd

Dr. Slav N. Gratchev

Surprisingly, although virtually no one doubts Dostoevsky’s profound and direct indebtedness to Cervantes, and the Quixote–Myshkin identity is obvious, no one has ever mentioned or analyzed how Myshkin, the character more dialogically elaborate and versatile, turned out to be more limited in literary expressivity than his more “monological” counterpart. The focus on this essay is the question of what weakened the realness of Dostoevsky’s favorite hero, and what negatively affected his literary answerability.


Don Quixote In Russia In The 18th And 19th Centuries: The Problem Of Perception And Interpretation, Slav N. Gratchev Phd Dec 2016

Don Quixote In Russia In The 18th And 19th Centuries: The Problem Of Perception And Interpretation, Slav N. Gratchev Phd

Dr. Slav N. Gratchev

This paper examines the problem of the perception of Don Quixote in Russia in the XVIII and XIX centuries. The author wants to demonstrate that this process of appropriation has had a long and complex history, and there were specific reasons for this. Don Quixote, the first modern fiction novel, upon arrival in Russia, received minimal attention and was perceived as a very simple and comic book. Then, little by little, it began to gain importance. Most of the materials the author uses for this presentation are available only in Russian, and they are kept in the scientific libraries of ...


De-Coding Intertextuality In Classic And Postmodern Russian Narratives, Natalia Olshanskaya Jun 2015

De-Coding Intertextuality In Classic And Postmodern Russian Narratives, Natalia Olshanskaya

Natalia Olshanskaya

Based on the comparison of intertextual references in several English translations of Fedor Dostoevskii’s Notes From the Underground and Victor Pelevin’s “The Ninth Dream of Vera Pavlovna,” the article addresses general issues of translating intertextual references in narratives. Special attention is devoted to the problems of reception of postmodern texts and the question of the translator’s ‘invisibility.’


Anti-Utopian Carnival: Vladimir Voinovich Rewriting George Orwell, Natalia Olshanskaya Jun 2015

Anti-Utopian Carnival: Vladimir Voinovich Rewriting George Orwell, Natalia Olshanskaya

Natalia Olshanskaya

No abstract provided.


Entre La Efervescencia Y La Ruptura De Un Espacio De Placer En Salón De Belleza De Mario Bellatin, Juan Carlos Rocha Osornio Nov 2014

Entre La Efervescencia Y La Ruptura De Un Espacio De Placer En Salón De Belleza De Mario Bellatin, Juan Carlos Rocha Osornio

Juan Carlos Rocha Osornio, Ph.D

Este articulo analiza la novela Salón de belleza (1994) de Mario Bellatin desde un punto de vista histórico-social para documentar la manera cómo el VIH/sida ha sido visto desde sus inicios. Se trata de un proceso escriturario en el que la marginalidad se conforma a través de una descripción metafórica de un espacio plagado por la muerte. Sin embargo, el simbolismo dibujado en la novela por los infectados de una misteriosa enfermedad, alude a la deconstrucción de cualquier barrera fronteriza entre lo que se considera marginal y no marginal, es decir, la marginalidad hace eco de un grito desesperado ...


Good Intentions Aren't Enough: Intellectuals And Violence In Luis Goytisolo's Mzungo, Terri Carney Sep 2014

Good Intentions Aren't Enough: Intellectuals And Violence In Luis Goytisolo's Mzungo, Terri Carney

Terri M. Carney

In the 1990s Luis Goytisolo explores the possibilities of popular fiction, adapting various genres (travel, mystery, erotic, historical) to accomodate his long-term project of unpacking Western Values. Indeed, Goytisolo’s flirtation with the best-selling genre fiction constitutes a postmodern gesture of “complicitous critique.”For example, in Escalera hacia el cielo (1999) Goytisolo exploits the erotic genre to challenge the traditional paradigm of the dominant male gaze and the objectified female body and to offer instead expressions of mutuality. In Mzungo (1996), Goytisolo engages the travel novel to undermine the culturally dominant position of the white European male who “discovers” an ...


Literature Of The Scientific Imagination. [Review Of Daniel Fondanèche's La Littérature D'Imagination Scientifique, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012], Arthur B. Evans Jul 2014

Literature Of The Scientific Imagination. [Review Of Daniel Fondanèche's La Littérature D'Imagination Scientifique, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012], Arthur B. Evans

Arthur Bruce Evans

No abstract provided.


Benno Weiser Varons Dreisprachlichkeit Im Exil: Ein FrüHes Beispiel FüR TranskulturalitäT, Reinhard Andress Dec 2013

Benno Weiser Varons Dreisprachlichkeit Im Exil: Ein FrüHes Beispiel FüR TranskulturalitäT, Reinhard Andress

Reinhard Andress

"Aus einem Land kann man auswandern, aus der Muttersprache nicht" – mit diesen Worten behauptet Schalom Ben-Chorin, der 1935 als Fritz Rosenthal aus Deutschland nach Palästina emigrierte, den Anspruch auf kulturelle Zugehörigkeit jenseits staatlicher Machtansprüche und territorialer Grenzziehungen. Traditionelle Vorstellungen von sprachlicher Verwurzelung und einer zwingenden Verbindung von Sprache und Nation werden hier infrage gestellt. Das Exil verändert jedoch nicht nur Einstellungen zur Herkunftssprache, sondern erzwingt auch eine existenzielle Auseinandersetzung mit fremden Sprachen. Sprachpraxis und -denken Vertriebener reflektieren auf vielfältige Weise Prozesse von Sprachwechsel, (Selbst-)Übersetzung, Sprachmischung, Sprachverlust oder -bewahrung. Die Beiträge des Bandes erkunden, auf welche Weise das Exil "in ...


Jewish Pasts, German Fictions: History, Memory, And Minority Culture In Germany, 1824-1955, Jonathan Skolnik Dec 2013

Jewish Pasts, German Fictions: History, Memory, And Minority Culture In Germany, 1824-1955, Jonathan Skolnik

Jonathan Skolnik

Jewish Pasts, German Fictions is the first comprehensive study of how German-Jewish writers used images from the Spanish-Jewish past to define their place in German culture and society. Jonathan Skolnik argues that Jewish historical fiction was a form of cultural memory that functioned as a parallel to the modern, demythologizing project of secular Jewish history writing.What did it imply for a minority to imagine its history in the majority language? Skolnik makes the case that the answer lies in the creation of a German-Jewish minority culture in which historical fiction played a central role. After Hitler's rise to ...


Dirt Theory And Material Ecocriticism, Heather I. Sullivan Sep 2013

Dirt Theory And Material Ecocriticism, Heather I. Sullivan

Heather I Sullivan

No abstract provided.


Nature In A Box: Ecocriticism, Goethe’S Ironic Werther, And Unbalanced Nature, Heather Sullivan Sep 2013

Nature In A Box: Ecocriticism, Goethe’S Ironic Werther, And Unbalanced Nature, Heather Sullivan

Heather I Sullivan

No abstract provided.


Affinity Studies And Open Systems: A Non-Equilibrium, Ecocritical Reading Of Goethe's Faust, Heather I. Sullivan Sep 2013

Affinity Studies And Open Systems: A Non-Equilibrium, Ecocritical Reading Of Goethe's Faust, Heather I. Sullivan

Heather I Sullivan

No abstract provided.


Ecocriticism, The Elements, And The Ascent/Descent Into Weather In Goethe’S Faust, Heather Sullivan Sep 2013

Ecocriticism, The Elements, And The Ascent/Descent Into Weather In Goethe’S Faust, Heather Sullivan

Heather I Sullivan

No abstract provided.


Material Ecocriticism: Dirt, Waste, Bodies, Food, And Other Matter, Dana Phillips, Heather Sullivan Sep 2013

Material Ecocriticism: Dirt, Waste, Bodies, Food, And Other Matter, Dana Phillips, Heather Sullivan

Heather I Sullivan

No abstract provided.


The Dangerous Quest For Nature Narratives In Goethe’S Werther: A Reading Of The Ruptured Monologue And The Ruptured Body, Heather I. Sullivan Sep 2013

The Dangerous Quest For Nature Narratives In Goethe’S Werther: A Reading Of The Ruptured Monologue And The Ruptured Body, Heather I. Sullivan

Heather I Sullivan

No abstract provided.


Faust’S Mountains: An Ecocritical Reading Of Goethe’S Tragedy And Science, Heather Sullivan Sep 2013

Faust’S Mountains: An Ecocritical Reading Of Goethe’S Tragedy And Science, Heather Sullivan

Heather I Sullivan

No abstract provided.


La Pratique Ironique De L’Appel À L’Autorité Dans Les Péritextes Du Théâtre De Corneille, Nina Ekstein Sep 2013

La Pratique Ironique De L’Appel À L’Autorité Dans Les Péritextes Du Théâtre De Corneille, Nina Ekstein

Nina C Ekstein

Corneille a lié un grand nombre de péritextes à son œuvre théâtrale, dont les Préfaces, les avis « Au lecteur », les Arguments, les Épîtres, les Examens de 1660 et les Trois Discours sur le poème dramatique de la même année. Ce sont tous des textes polémiques du fait qu’ils représentent des prises de position dans les débats théâtraux de l’époque. Ce sont aussi des défenses souvent très spécifiques de ses œuvres. Les péritextes constituent un terrain particulièrement riche car c’est là qu’un auteur fait connaître ses intentions au lecteur.


The Theatrical Lieu De Culture Within Molière’S Theater, Nina Ekstein Sep 2013

The Theatrical Lieu De Culture Within Molière’S Theater, Nina Ekstein

Nina C Ekstein

Molière’s theater is itself, by definition, a lieu de culture. The performance of one of his plays transforms the space in which it occurs into a lieu de culture by virtue of the presence of two crucial features. First, the performance belongs to a cultural domain, in this case specifically the theater. By ‘culture’ I mean simply that which is tied to the arts, letters, manners, and scholarly pursuits. Second there must be an audience present for that performance. The same basic situation obviously holds true for any playwright whose plays are performed. What makes Molière interesting is the ...


Sex In Rotrou’S Theater: Performance And Disorder, Nina Ekstein Sep 2013

Sex In Rotrou’S Theater: Performance And Disorder, Nina Ekstein

Nina C Ekstein

Sexual desire is ubiquitous in all theater. It follows that virtually all theatrical traditions struggle with the issue of the representation of that desire onstage. The French stage of the 1630s and Jean Rotrou's theater of that period in particular constitute an unusual moment of relative freedom before the imposition of the bienséances banished sexual activity from the stage. What I propose is a theatrical reading of sex in Rotrou's plays, a tripartite examination of dramatic strategy: how Rotrou foregrounds the scandalous by direct depiction of sexuality onstage; how at other moments he moves to attenuate its prurient ...


Irony In Emmanuel Carrère’S La Moustache, Nina Ekstein Sep 2013

Irony In Emmanuel Carrère’S La Moustache, Nina Ekstein

Nina C Ekstein

The term "irony" is often applied to film, but in varied and often imprecise ways. Sometimes this slippery term is used to denote an inter-textual (or more precisely interfilmic) reference with the potential for parody; at other times it may mark a discordance between different channels (for example, between the film music and what is shown onscreen).1 I will focus on a particular type of irony, tied to undecidability, in which two alternatives are held in suspension, both present, both undeniable, and yet perfectly incompatible. A concrete example is the drawing that from one perspective seems to be of ...


Rotrou’S Bélisaire: Hierarchy And Meaning, Nina Ekstein Sep 2013

Rotrou’S Bélisaire: Hierarchy And Meaning, Nina Ekstein

Nina C Ekstein

No abstract provided.


Improving Student Performance On The Cultural Comparison, Brian G. Kennelly Jul 2013

Improving Student Performance On The Cultural Comparison, Brian G. Kennelly

Brian G. Kennelly

No abstract provided.


How Do You Build A Discipline From The Ground Up?, Robert H. Ellison May 2013

How Do You Build A Discipline From The Ground Up?, Robert H. Ellison

Robert Ellison

This is the keynote address delivered to the 21st Annual WV undergraduate literary symposium, hosted by Marshall University on March 2, 2013. It presents a kind of "wish list" for scholars in sermon studies: we still need "a clear sense of the canon," places to "interact and network" with colleagues, and a dedicated journal "where scholars can publish their work." People working in other fields are fortunate in that they can usually take these things for granted, but sermon scholars still have some work to do to bring them to fruition.


Anti-Haitian Rhetoric And The Monumentalizing Of Violence In Joaquin Balaguer's Guía Emocional De La Ciudad Romántica, Medar Serrata Dec 2012

Anti-Haitian Rhetoric And The Monumentalizing Of Violence In Joaquin Balaguer's Guía Emocional De La Ciudad Romántica, Medar Serrata

Medar Serrata

This essay compares four editions of the book Guía emocional de la ciudad romántica, by the Dominican author and politician Joaquin Balaguer. The book, a celebration of Santo Domingo’s monumental architecture, evokes the topos of the romantic poet who strolls down the streets of an ancient city admiring the remnants of the past. A closer examination, however, reveals a text deeply invested in the monumentalizing of violence—a text that portrays the dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo as the savior of the nation. Moreover, the metaphorical stroll that the reader is invited to take reenacts the movement of history in ...