Book: Ette, Ottmar: “Anton Wilhelm Amo – Philosophieren ohne festen Wohnsitz” [Philosophy without fixed abode], Kulturverlag Kadmos 2014

Book details

Ottmar Ette: Anton Wilhelm Amo - Philosophieren ohne festen Wohnsitz. Eine Philosophie der Aufklärung zwischen Europa und Afrika. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos 2014.

Ottmar Ette: Anton Wilhelm Amo – Philosophieren ohne festen Wohnsitz. Eine Philosophie der Aufklärung zwischen Europa und Afrika. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos 2014.

Ottmar Ette: Anton Wilhelm Amo – Philosophieren ohne festen Wohnsitz. Eine Philosophie der Aufklärung zwischen Europa und Afrika. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos 2014.

172 pages
12 x 19 cm, paperback, August 2014
ISBN: 978-3-86599-263-5
14,90 Euro

12 x 19 cm, hardback, August 2014
ISBN: 978-3-86599-264-2
19,90 Euro

About the book (in German)

Anton Wilhelm Amo gehört zu den faszinierendsten Gestalten der ersten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts. Um 1700 an der damaligen afrikanischen »Goldküste« geboren, als Sklave von Holländern an den Wolfenbütteler Hof verschenkt, mutierte er vom »Hofmohren« und exotischen Ausstellungsstück zu einem brillanten Denker der Aufklärung. 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