Published @ Vimeo: Interview with Gesine Müller on TransArea Studies and the Transcolonial Caribbean (German)

Aufbrüche aus dem Zentrum oder Literatur(en) jenseits des Tellerrandes. Gesine Müller über TransArea Studies on Vimeo.

Interview with Gesine Müller, Head of the DFG-Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Transcolonial Caribbean” at the Universität Potsdam, Germany. The interview was conducted in German and filmed in 2012 at the “Tempelhofer Freiheit” on the ground of the former Tempelhof Airport, Berlin. In conversation with Benjamin Loy, Gesine Müller explains and reflects upon the theoretical approach of TransArea Studies and her research focus “Transcolonial Caribbean”. On this subject, Müller has published in 2012 her monograph Die koloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen [The Colonial Caribbean. Literary and Cultural Transfer in Hispanic and Francophone Literature] (De Gruyter).

The video interview was drafted, prepared, and produced by Benjamin Loy, Sarah Wiesenthal, and Catharina Wirsching. It is the result of the project seminar “Broadcasting Science: Video-Interviews zu Schlüsselkonzepten der TransArea Studies” (instructor: Tobias Kraft) and is part of the Master Degree studies program for Romance Studies at the Universität Potsdam.

Technical assistance and consulting: Audiovisuelles Zentrum (AVZ), Universität Potsdam

Book: Buschmann, Albrecht: “Max Aub und die spanische Literatur zwischen Avantgarde und Exil”, De Gruyter 2012

Book details

Buschmann, Albrecht: Max Aub und die spanische Literatur zwischen Avantgarde und Exil. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 51) 2012

Buschmann, Albrecht: Max Aub und die spanische Literatur zwischen Avantgarde und Exil. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 51) 2012

Buschmann, Albrecht: Max Aub und die spanische Literatur zwischen Avantgarde und Exil [Max Aub and Spanish Literature between Avant-Garde and Exile] Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 51) 2012 [282 p.]

Hardcover | List price Euro [D] 119.95. RRP for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 168.00
ISBN 978-3-11-025283-5

Content

This book is the first study of the complete works of Max Aub (1903‑1972) in German. On the one hand, the study aims to analyze a representative selection of his complete works based on current theory and thus to make it accessible to a broad academic readership. On the other hand, the focus is on the complete works as an example for the generation of Spanish authors born around 1900 who mostly published their first works in the context of the avant-garde writers of the 1920s. In the course of the politicization of the literary scene in the 1930s and even more in exile, they were increasingly pushed into the role of the committed author who wrote documentary literature. Continue reading

Book: Müller, Gesine: “Transkoloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen”, De Gruyter 2012

Book details

Müller, Gesine: Die koloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 53) 2012

Müller, Gesine: Die koloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 53) 2012

Müller, Gesine: Die koloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen [The Colonial Caribbean. Literary and Cultural Transfer in Hispanic and Francophone Literature] Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 53) 2012 [288 p.]

Hardcover | List price Euro [D] 89.95
RRP for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 126.00
ISBN: 978-3-11-028159-0

Content

Were phenomena and processes set in motion during the 19th century in the Caribbean of which we are only now becoming fully aware? This examination of the kaleidoscopic world of the Caribbean through the literary and cultural transfer that took place during that epoch offers completely new insights into early processes of cultural globalization. Racist discourses, established models of “white” abolitionists, the politics of memory, and the previously ignored importance of the Haitian revolution come together to form an amalgam that forces us to question our current notion of a purely Western modernity. Continue reading

Event Ticker: the authors of the book series “mimesis” (De Gruyter) present their recent publications in Berlin

06/19/2012
(Ticker by Tobias Kraft)

The evening's panel (from left to right): Albrecht Buschmann, Gesine Müller, Anne Kraume, Ottmar Ette, Frank Hahn, Anke Birkenmaier, Jenny Haase

The evening's panel (from left to right): Albrecht Buschmann, Gesine Müller, Anne Kraume, Ottmar Ette, Frank Hahn, Anke Birkenmaier, Jenny Haase

6:30 p.m. – Frank Hahn, director of the Berlin based cultural association Spree-Athen e.V., inaugurates the evening with reflections on the mimesis book series and its underlying concept.

6:45 p.m. – In his opening comments, the series’ editor Ottmar Ette (Potsdam) reviews the the past decades as a time of memoir discourse, which has been dominating both the artistic production and the theoretical thinking in the humanities.

Today, as Ette argues, literary and cultural studies have gone through a paradigm shift from memoir to knowledge. What is it that literature knows, about man, about cultures, about models and practices of life and conviviality (Zusammenleben)? What is it, ultimately, that literature knows about our lives?

As Ette points out, the subtitle of the series „Romanische Literaturen der Welt“ aims at pluralizing the literary canon in the tradition of Erich Auerbach’s concept of world literature. While Auerbach’s famous study Mimesis focused on models of representing »reality«, the life-centered focus of this series aims at analyzing representations of „lived realities“. These „lived realities“ are examined as models of conviviality in different periods of accelerated globalization. Hence, literatures studied in the mimesis book series are characterized by their prospect as global discourse and their capacity to highlight cultural „polylogics“ (Ette), both in its temporal and spatial unfolding.

7:15 p.m. – Gesine Müller (Potsdam) presents her book on Die koloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen [The Colonial Caribbean. Literary and Cultural Transfer in Hispanic and Francophone Literature] (2012). In her opening remarks, Müller highlights the productivity of 19th century Caribbean literature and their vivid conscience of processes of globalization. Juxtaposed with 20th century discourses on cultural theory and „multiple modernities“, the Caribbean presents itself as a complex (trans)area, continuously negotiating (post)colonial structures and conflicts. The focus of this book is set on the dynamics of cultural transfer in the „long“ 19th century, starting with the French Revolution 1789 and ending 1888 with the abolition of slavery in the colonized West. Continue reading

Book: Ette, Ottmar: “TransArea. Eine literarische Globalisierungsgeschichte”, De Gruyter 2012

Book details

Ette, Ottmar: TransArea. Eine literarische Globalisierungsgeschichte. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis - Romanische Literaturen der Welt 54) 2012

Ette, Ottmar: TransArea. Eine literarische Globalisierungsgeschichte. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 54) 2012

Ette, Ottmar: TransArea. Eine literarische Globalisierungsgeschichte. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 54) 2012 [334 p.]

Hardcover | List price Euro [D] 99.95. RRP for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 140.00. *
ISBN 978-3-11-028720-2

Content

This volume takes the view that globalization is not a recent phenomenon, but instead an enduring process, marked by four periods of accelerated change. The Early Modern Period in European historiography is linked to our present experience of globalization by way of the diverse global trends that took place during the Age of Modernity. The literatures of the world provide a visceral understanding of that which can only be understood from the perspectives offered by multiple logics – namely, the life of our planet and its inhabitants. The wisdom of literature cannot be replaced by any other kind of knowledge: it is life’s wisdom about life. Continue reading

New book on the “Transcolonial Caribbean” by Gesine Müller, to be published in 2012

Gesine Müller, Head of the DFG Junior Research Group "Transcolonial Caribbean"

Gesine Müller, Head of the DFG Junior Research Group “Transcolonial Caribbean”

The head of the Potsdam based DFG Junior Research Group “Transcolonial Caribbean”, Gesine Müller, will publish her new book Die koloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen in August 2012 in the De Gruyter book series “mimesis / Romanische Literaturen der Welt” (Vol. 53).

Hardcover | List price Euro [D] 89.95. RRP for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 135.00. *
ISBN 978-3-11-028116-3

See for details the pages of De Gruyter.

See for more details on Gesine Müller and her research the pages of the DFG Junior Research Group “Transcolonial Caribbean”.

Book: Birkenmaier, Anke: “Versionen Montezumas Lateinamerika in der historischen Imagination des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mit dem vollständigen Manuskript von Oswald Spenglers ‘Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel’ (1897)”, deGruyter 2011.

Book Details

Book: Birkenmaier, Anke: "Versionen Montezumas Lateinamerika in der historischen Imagination des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mit dem vollständigen Manuskript von Oswald Spenglers 'Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel' (1897)", deGruyter 2011.

Book: Birkenmaier, Anke: "Versionen Montezumas Lateinamerika in der historischen Imagination des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mit dem vollständigen Manuskript von Oswald Spenglers 'Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel' (1897)", deGruyter 2011.

Birkenmaier, Anke: Versionen Montezumas. Lateinamerika in der historischen Imagination des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mit dem vollständigen Manuskript von Oswald Spenglers “Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel” (1897). [Versions of Montezuma]. Berlin, New York: deGruyter (mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt, Vol. 52) 2011 [199 p.]

Content

The cultural philosopher Oswald Spengler was the first universal historian of the 20th century. His work The Decline of the West was devoted to analyzing eight “high cultures” ‑ the Classical and Western, the Indian, Babylonian, Chinese, Egyptian, Arab and Mexican cultures (although Mexican culture was only touched on briefly). Spengler’s as yet unpublished literary debut Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel [Montezuma. A Tragedy] (1897) sheds new light on Spengler’s interest in old Mexico, the country that paradoxically became the exception and the first cornerstone of his cultural morphology. Continue reading