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Literatures – Cultures of Knowledge – Processes of Transfer

Literatures - Cultures of Knowledge - Processes of Transfer

Based on philological and cultural historical expertise, research in this context funnels the faculty’s literary studies scholarship in order to examine questions concerning the history of knowledge and ideas, as well as to engage in comparative perspectives. Two key aspects will form the main focus: on the one hand, scholars will investigate the relations between literature and knowledge (for instance regarding the natural sciences, knowledge of the future, medical discourses, or religion); on the other hand, research in this field will also deal with cultures of mediation (i.e. explicit and tacit knowledge, school education, editions, electronical media, etc.). Several questions guide both key aspects: questions regarding the transfer between literatures and cultures of differing languages, different cultural milieus and discourses; and, also, questions concerning contexts within the history of ideas, educational institutions and university disciplines, as well as competing or mutually inspiring forms of art. A particular emphasis is placed on the materiality of literature and its media.

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Dem Projekt geht es um eine grundlegende Konturierung und Produktiv-Machung des aktuell hochvirulenten Begriffs ‚Dokufiktion‘ für den literaturwissenschaftlichen Diskurs. Dieses Ziel soll allerdings nicht dadurch erreicht werden, dass Dokufiktion als eigenes Genre in der literarischen Landschaft etabliert wird, wie es in anderen Ansätzen bereits der Fall ist. Vielmehr wird die dokufiktionale Narration als eine gegenwärtige Schreibweise und Erzählhaltung begriffen, die in reflektierter Weise auf den…

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The project deals with a constellation of media history in a historical and cultural upheaval: It examines the origins and early development of the closet drama in his relationship with the theater of the early modern period, which, at the same time, is professionalizing itself. Based on a sophisticated concept of 'closet drama' the project critically deals with the current research opinion, whereby in the realm of the drama reigns a primacy of the performance and the dramatic text or playscript…

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In frequently uncanny ways, ageing, illness, death, dying, and mourning have been and continue to be both constant companions and threatening future `others´ we have little knowledge of (Eagleton 2003). A growing awareness of death scares people anytime and anywhere, and it intercepts culturally specific convictions supporting individual and collective everyday lives, in particular notions of able-bodied `normal´ life and progress. In modern Western societies, the void of meaning created…

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The main objective of the Action is to create a strong collaborative international Research Network and to produce a Road Map outlining future systematic collaborative research in European women's literary history. The historiography of literature needs renewal. In particular women's contribution to European literary practice can and must be accounted for in a much more adequate way than current literary histories do. The COST Action lays the foundation for an innovative European-scale approach to this problem. The neglect of women as cultural agents is indeed an international phenomenon, directly relating to gender inequality in modern society. International cooperation is needed in order to change things and demonstrate that women's growing presence, since the Middle Ages, prepared the way for their massive entrance into the literary field during the 20th century.

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