Book: “Horizonte der Humboldt-Forschung: Natur, Kultur, Schreiben [Horizons of Humboldt Studies: Nature, Culture, Writing]“, OLMS 2016

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Book: “Horizonte der Humboldt-Forschung: Natur, Kultur, Schreiben [Horizons of Humboldt Studies. Nature, Culture, Writing]“, OLMS 2016

Ottmar Ette (ed.), Julian Drews (ed.): Horizonte der Humboldt-Froschung: Natur, Kultur Schreiben, (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte Vol. 16, published by OLMS – Hildesheim, Zurich, New York), 2016 [354 p., 5 colored illustrations].

List price Euro [D] 68,00

ISBN: 978-3-487-15443-5

Content (in German):

Alexander von Humboldt gehört um 1810 zu den bekanntesten Wissenschaftlern der Welt. Sein Ruhm beruht in hohem Maß auf seiner Amerikanischen Reise (1799–1804). Seit dem Ankauf der Amerikanischen Reisetagebücher durch die Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz im Jahr 2013 hat die Humboldt-Forschung auf verschiedenen Ebenen neue Impulse erhalten. Inhaltlich bieten die Tagebücher reiches Material u. a. für die Wissenschaftsgeschichte, für die Literaturwissenschaft sowie für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften. Die Arbeit mit Manuskripten wirft gleichzeitig Fragen der Erfassung, der Materialität und der Edition auf. Schließlich wird durch die jüngst begonnenen Forschungs-, Sicherungs- und Editionsprojekte die Beschäftigung mit Humboldt auch institutionell intensiviert. Die Beiträge des vorliegenden Bandes spiegeln den engen Zusammenhang all dieser Perspektiven wider und nähern sich Humboldt in seinem Schreiben zwischen Natur- und Kulturwissenschaft als einem hochaktuellen Denker.

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Book: “TransArea: A Literary History of Globalization”, De Gruyter 2016

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Ottmar Ette: TransArea. A Literary History of Globalization, De Gruyter 2016.

Ottmar Ette: TransArea: A Literary History of Globalization. Translated by Mark W. Person, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, 364 p.

ISBN-10: 3110477734 ISBN-13: 978-3110477733

€ [D] 39.95 / US$ 56.00


The future of area studies lies in opening out into TransArea studies, which tie together area-connected competencies with transdisciplinary research practices. It is one of the loftiest and most urgent duties of philology to lift up this treasure in the awareness of the special relevance of literature, and to make it democratically available to the broadest possible sections of the population.

Ottmar Ette’s TransArea proceeds from the thesis that globalization is not a recent phenomenon, but rather, a process of long duration that may be divided into four main phases of accelerated globalization. These phases connect our present, across the world’s widely divergent modern eras, to the period of early modern history. Ette demonstrates how the literatures of the world make possible a tangible perception of that which constitutes Life, both of our planet and on our planet, which may only be understood through the application of multiple logics. There is no substitute for the knowledge of literature: it is the knowledge of life, from life. This English translation will be of great interest to English-speaking scholars in the fields of Global and Area Studies, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Political Science, and many more.

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Book: “Writing-between-Worlds: TransArea Studies and the Literatures-without-a-fixed-Abode“, De Gruyter 2016 [mimesis 64]

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Ottmar Ette: Writing-between-Worlds. Transarea Studies and the Literatures-without-a-fixed-Abode, De Gruyter 2016.

Ottmar Ette : Writing-between-Worlds. TransArea Studies and the Literatures-without-a-fixed-Abode. Translated by Vera M. Kutzinski, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, mimesis 64, 339 p.

Print: ISBN 978-3-11-046109-1,  € [D] 99.95 / US$ 140.00 / GBP 74.99E-Book: ISBN: 978-3-11-046287-6, € [D] 99.95 / US$ 140.00 / GBP 74.99




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This book proposes that there is no better, no more complex way to access a community, a society, an era and its cultures than through literature. For millennia, literature from a wide variety of geocultural areas has gathered knowledge about life, about survival, and about living together, without either falling into discursive or disciplinary specializations or functioning as a regulatory mechanism for cultural knowledge. Literature is able to offer its readers knowledge through direct participation in the form of step-by-step intellectual and affective experiences. Through this ability, it can reach and affect audiences across great spatial and temporal distances. Literature – what different times and cultures have been able to understand as such in a broad sense – has always been characterized by its transareal and transcultural origins and effects. It is the product of many logics, and it teaches us to think polylogically rather than monologically. Literature is an experiment in living, and living in a state of experimentation.


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01/29/2016 Symposium: “Metaphorologie der Tropen: ein transareales Symposion [Metaphorology of the tropics: A transareal Symposium]“, Potsdam.

Metaphorologie der Tropen [Metaphorology of the tropics], A transareal symposium on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Robert Müller’s Novel “Tropen: Der Mythos der Reise (1915)”

A conference of “PROBRAL Archivpelagos Literatur: deutschbrasilianische Inselwelten der Forschung” (CAPES/DAAD/Universität Potsdam/Universidade Federal do Paraná).

Friday, 29th January 2016, 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Universität Potsdam, Campus am Neuen Palais, Haus 8, Foyer

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the novel “Tropen: Der Mythos der Reise (1915)”, the symposium is dedicated to the work of Austrian expressionist and activist Robert Müller (1887-1924), who contributed in a unique way to the literary processing of globalization by means of his studies on the Americas. Within the research project “Archi(v)Pelagos Literatur: deutschbrasilianische Inselwelten der Forschung”, bilaterally supported by the Brazilian Foundation CAPES and the German DAAD, the aim of the conference is to concretize the dialogue between Romance Philology (Romanistik) and German Philology (Germanistik) in Brazil and Germany by discussing the “Metaphorology of the tropics” as it can be received in Müller’s novel, as well as by updating and expanding this concept within the context of contemporary works and theories.

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