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

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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.

For the Table of Contents click here.

 

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

 

 

 

Editor’s Information:

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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Book: Ette, Ottmar / Mackenbach, Werner / Nitschack, Horst (ed.): “TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas. Un simposio transareal”, Verlag Walter Frey 2013

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Book: Ette, Ottmar / Mackenbach, Werner / Nitschack, Horst (ed.): "TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas. Un simposio transareal", Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Mackenbach, Werner / Nitschack, Horst (ed.): “TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas. Un simposio transareal”, Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Mackenbach, Werner / Nitschack, Horst (ed.): TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas. Un simposio transareal. Berlin: Verlag Walter Frey – edition tranvía (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 4) 2013 [252 p.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 22.00
ISBN: 978-3-938944-71-4

Content (in Spanish)

Los ensayos reunidos en este libro se proponen contribuir a analizar y entender los espacios dinámicos y los movimientos en las AsiAméricas desde una perspectiva transareal. En especial, se ocupan de las conexiones y convivencias transpacíficas y sus representaciones simbólicas, incluyendo la presencia de las Asias en América Latina y de las Américas Latinas en Asia.

Preguntan por el potencial de una América Latina como región de contacto y de cruces culturales en las nuevas constelaciones a partir de la cuarta fase acelerada de globalización. Continue reading

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

Published @ Vimeo: Interview with Ottmar Ette on TransArea Studies (English subtitles)

TransArea: Ottmar Ette on Caribbean Literatures, Fractal Gardens and Tropical Microcosms on Vimeo.

Transcript

Ottmar Ette (OE): My name is Ottmar Ette, I was born in the Black Forest region of Germany and was raised bilingually. I live in Potsdam, though not here in the Botanical Garden. I have been working here in Potsdam for many years, studying the works of Alexander von Humboldt for over three decades. Humboldt was very familiar with gardens like this one. So this is a very special place for me. I would describe myself as a scholar in Comparative and Romance literature, and I have always understood Romance Studies to be a global science. It has fascinated me since my days as a student and still does today.
I wrote my PhD thesis on a Cuban poet and my „Habilitation“ on a French theoretician. I am passionate about what I do, and I try to share that passion with others.

Nina Hübner (NH): Thank you so much for this nice introduction, Mr. Ette. As you just mentioned, we are sitting here in the Botanical Garden of the University of Potsdam. We chose this place because you have been working for many years now on the tropics and the Caribbean. You recently published a book concerned with TransArea Studies.
In a nutshell: What exactly does TransArea mean? Continue reading

Published @ Vimeo: Interview with Ottmar Ette on TransArea Studies (German)

TransArea: Ottmar Ette über karibische Literaturen, fraktale Gärten und tropische Mikrokosmen on Vimeo.

Interview with Ottmar Ette, Professor of Romance and Comparative Literature at the Universität Potsdam, Germany. The interview was conducted in German and filmed in 2012 at the Botanical Garden, Potsdam. In it, Ottmar Ette explains and reflects upon his concept of TransArea Studies. On this subject, Ette published in 2012 his monograph TransArea. Eine literarische Globalisierungsgeschichte (Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter).

The video interview was drafted, prepared, and produced by Jan Schmieder, Maria-Anna Schiffers, Nina Hübner, and Sebastián Roldán. 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: Ette, Ottmar / Müller, Gesine (ed.): “Worldwide. Archipels de la mondialisation. Archipiélagos de la globalización. A TransArea Symposium”, Iberoamericana – Vervuert 2012

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Ette, Ottmar / Müller, Gesine (ed.): Worldwide. Archipels de la mondialisation. Archipiélagos de la globalización. A TransArea Symposium. Madrid - Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana - Vervuert 2012

Ette, Ottmar / Müller, Gesine (ed.): Worldwide. Archipels de la mondialisation. Archipiélagos de la globalización. A TransArea Symposium. Madrid - Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana - Vervuert 2012

Ette, Ottmar / Müller, Gesine (ed.): Worldwide. Archipels de la mondialisation. Archipiélagos de la globalización. A TransArea Symposium. Madrid – Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana – Vervuert 2012 [416 p.]

Hardcover | List price Euro [D] 29.80
ISBN: 9788484896708

Content

The present volume discusses the historical traces of transarea literatures and cultures in prospective ways. Their future has long‐since begun, as has the future of their theoretical models.

Content (in Spanish) Continue reading

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

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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

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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 “TransArea. A literary history of globalization” by Ottmar Ette, to be published in May 2012

Ottmar Ette

Ottmar Ette

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. *
ISBN 978-3-11-028720-2

See for details the pages of deGruyter.

See for more details on Ottmar Ette his personal profile at the University of Potsdam.

Conference Ticker “El Caribe como paradigma”

1st day, 09/12/2011
(Ticker by Tobias Kraft)

2 p.m. - Ottmar Ette inaugurates the TransArea Conference “El Caribe como paradigma: Convivencias / Coincidencias. Les Caraïbes comme paradigme: Convivialités et Coïncidences.”

El Caribe nos puede enseñar de entender la literatura desde unas lógicas relacionales, de entrecruces.

Al mismo tiempo tenemos que desarrollar nuestros métodos y conceptos teóricos de una forma móvil, desarrollar nuevas pautas de investigación y de interrelación científico.

2:15 p.m. - Keynote by Enrico Mario Santí (University of Kentucky, Lexington) entitled “El paradigma, o la paradoja, del Caribe”.

Mi ponencia se va a dividir en tres partes: 1) Observaciones generales sobre el Caribe como paradigma 2) Una reseña extensa de “La Isla que se repite” de Antonio Benítez Rojo 3) Abrir el tema hacía algo quizás imposible.

Quizá el Caribe de hoy - como el primer “melting pot” de la historia - ofrece al mundo no sólo un modelo de creolización (Glissant) sino también un reto ya que los conceptos culturales que se han generado desde allí, frente a una economía globalizada, están en un momento de crísis, de auto-cuestionamiento.

La Isla que se repite: El Caribe y la perspectiva posmodernaDuring the second part of his keynote, Enrico Mario Santí discusses in detail a new, posthumous edition of Benítez Rojo’s famous book La Isla que se repite: El Caribe y la perspectiva posmoderna, published in 2010 by Editorial Plaza Mayor, which includes two new until then unedited chapters by Benítez Rojo called “La Paradoja” and “El Ritmo”. Mario Santí points out that these two chapters perhaps aim at the “profound structure” of the Caribbean paradigm. Continue reading

Book: Ottmar Ette: “Del macrocosmos al microrrelato. Literatura y creación – nuevas perspectivas transareales”, F&G Editores 2009

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Ottmar Ette: Del macrocosmos al microrrelato. Literatura y creación – nuevas perspectivas transareales. Traducción del alemán de Rosa María S. de Maihold. Guatemala: F&G Editores 2009 [290 p.]

Content (in Spanish)

Book: Ottmar Ette: "Del macrocosmos al microrrelato. Literatura y creación – nuevas perspectivas transareales.", F&G Editores 2009

Book: Ottmar Ette: "Del macrocosmos al microrrelato. Literatura y creación – nuevas perspectivas transareales", F&G Editores 2009

La literatura ha estado desde siempre comprometida con todo lo creado. Quiere abarcar y dar a conocer todo el cosmos, la realidad en su conjunto. La literatura no pretende ser una presentación de la realidad, sino una representación literaria de una realidad vivida y padecida, que como tal está vinculada con el saber vivir de su público de su público lector. La literatura no quiere transmitir conocimientos abstractos y novedades, sino un conocimiento vivido y experimentado que en su movimiento y desde el movimiento trata de desvelar estéticamente hasta los aspectos aparentemente más ocultos.

Las literaturas del mundo y también las literaturas sin residencia fija se comprenden como formas estéticas de expresión de una conciencia universal, dentro de las que aparecen las formas más variadas y complejas del saber vivir, de la convivencia y la supervivencia. Por medio de ellas se pueden reflexionar un sinnúmero de líneas de conflictos y formas de la convivencia en la diferencia, ya que ponen a la disposición un saber vivir, que precisamente en tiempos de una acelerada globalización —y con ello de una intensificación de naufragios tanto a nivel individual como colectivo— es de una importancia vital. Continue reading

Book: Ottmar Ette, Horst Nitschack (ed.): “Trans*Chile. Cultura-Historia-Itinerarios-Literatura-Educación. Un acercamiento transareal”, Iberoamericana – Vervuert 2010

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Book: Ottmar Ette, Horst Nitschack (ed.): "Trans*Chile. Cultura-Historia-Itinerarios-Literatura-Educación. Un acercamiento transareal", Iberoamericana - Vervuert 2010

Book: Ottmar Ette, Horst Nitschack (ed.): "Trans*Chile. Cultura-Historia-Itinerarios-Literatura-Educación. Un acercamiento transareal", Iberoamericana - Vervuert 2010

Ottmar Ette, Horst Nitschack (ed.): Trans*Chile. Cultura-Historia-Itinerarios-Literatura-Educación. Un acercamiento transareal. Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana – Vervuert 2010. [208 p.]

Content (in Spanish)

¿Chile, una franja de tierra, una isla al borde del mundo o Trans*Chile, un espacio-movimiento, un espacio creado por los movimientos transareales, un ámbito transgresor de fronteras territoriales? Este fue el interrogante del que partieron los investigadores de cinco disciplinas o áreas de producción de saber complementarias: Cultura, Historia, Itinerarios, Literatura y Educación, cuyo acrónico compone la voz de CHILE, en un foro de debate bajo la égida de la Universidad de Potsdam y la Universidad de Chile; que culminó en la edición del presente volumen, un hito en el proceso de re-unificación de las distintas disciplinas y una apología a la necesidad de incluir en el estudio y la definición de las culturas nacionales, los múltiples procesos y movimientos transareales que atraviesan y traspasan las fronteras nacionales. Continue reading

Video Lecture by Ottmar Ette: “TransTropics. Alexander von Humboldt and the hemispheric constructions.”

Video Lecture by Ottmar Ette, recorded at the University of Potsdam, Germany on the 15th of January 2009. In his lecture, Ette reflects on Humboldt’s American and Russian travels, Science in the Field and TransArea Studies.

Book: Ette, Ottmar (ed.): “Caribbeans on the Move – Archipiélagos literarios del Caribe. A TransArea Symposium”, Peter Lang 2008

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Book: Ette, Ottmar (ed.): "Carribeans on the Move - Archipiélagos literarios del Caribe. A TransArea Symposium", Peter Lang 2008

Book: Ette, Ottmar (ed.): "Carribeans on the Move - Archipiélagos literarios del Caribe. A TransArea Symposium", Peter Lang 2008

Ette, Ottmar (ed.): Caribbeans on the Move. Archipiélagos literarios del Caribe. A TransArea Symposium. Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang 2008 [168 p.]

Content

Space can best be defined not by looking at borders and territories but, rather, by focussing on movements of crossing and re-crossing. Today, the horizons of traditional Area Studies have to be opened up by innovative TransArea Studies which generate a new vision of entangled and connected histories and multi-, inter- and transcultural developments. The vectorization of all kinds of knowledge is on the agenda: the movements of the past are still present in the movements of today. Continue reading

Video Lecture by Ottmar Ette: “National Philologies, Globalization and TransArea Studies”

This lecture was held by Ottmar Ette at the Institut for Aestetiske Fag at the Aarhus Universitet in Denmark on the 14th of December 2007. In his lecture, Ette discusses new paradigms for understanding philology and literature in the context of different periods of accelerated globalization outlining his concept of TransArea Studies.