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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
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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Weltenvielfalt [Variety of Worlds]
Eine romantheoretische Studie im Ausgang von Gabriel García Márquez, Sandra Cisneros und Roberto Bolaño
Valdivia Orozco, Pablo: Weltenvielfalt. Eine romantheoretische Studie im Ausgang von Gabriel García Márquez, Sandra Cisneros und Roberto Bolaño. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 56) 2013 [559 p.]
Hardcover | List price Euro [D] 129.95
This study, focusing on Latin American literature, discusses the motif of a variety of worlds as a key concept of the modern novel in terms of genre, culture, and fiction theory: the world of the modern novel is always already in contact with another one. This concept, developed against the backdrop of (literary) history, goes hand in hand with the theoretical assumption that modern novel forms have brought about a turn in genre theory. Differently from genuine poetics, genre theory is always also concerned with and contingent on a certain history/back story. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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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
June 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstraße 23, Berlin-Charlottenburg
»Kaleidoskop der Erinnerung / Kaleidoskop der Zukunft«
Presenting the Books Series mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt (De Gruyter)
Short presentations and panel discussion with Ottmar Ette and selected authors of the book series, including Anke Birkenmaier, Albrecht Buschmann, Jenny Haase, Anne Kraume and Gesine Müller. »Kaleidoskop der Erinnerung / Kaleidoskop der Zukunft« is an event in cooperation with »Spree-Athen«.
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. *
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
Ottmar Ette will publish his new book TransArea. Eine literarische Globalisierungsgeschichte [A literary history of globalization] in May 2012 in the deGruyter book series “mimesis / Romanische Literaturen der Welt” (Vol. 54).
Hardcover | List price Euro [D] 99.95. RRP for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 140.00. *
See for details the pages of deGruyter.
See for more details on Ottmar Ette his personal profile at the University of Potsdam.
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. *
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”.
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.]
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