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These new books written and edited by members of staff of the English Department have just been published:

Schaff, Barbara (ed.), Exiles, Emigrés and Intermediaries. Anglo-Italian Cultural Transactions, Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2010

This volume explores the dynamic and productive cultural forces engendered by exiles, wanderers, and diasporic communities in Britain and Italy over more than five centuries. It investigates the historic resonance of transnational encounters and movements between two European cultures that look back on a long history of cross-fertilisation. Drawn from a range of academic disciplines including literary studies, history, musicology, art history and bibliography, it presents the ways in which exiles, émigrés, intermediaries and their attendant cultural perspectives interact with the sometimes repressive, sometimes productive religious or political systems and ideologies that they encounter. This volume pays tribute to the stimulating exchange, circulation, and appropriation that has occurred between Britain and Italy, showing that the condition of displacement can lead not only to the articulation of loss and grief, but also to fruitful forms of interaction.

Jutta Ernst, Brigitte Glaser (eds.), The Canadian Mosaic in the Age of Transnationalism, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag WINTER, 2010

Canada’s ideological concept of the mosaic has considerably changed over the years. Whereas, until the 1980s, it was predominantly white and European in origin, it has since become much more colourful with Asian, African, Caribbean, First Nations, and other facets being added. Moreover, there is the at times seemingly contradictory tendency towards border crossings and the dissolution of boundaries. Many recent Canadian cultural products are by artists who work from a sense of belonging to more than one location, space, or culture. This collection of essays brings together scholars from various disciplines who investigate the geographical, sociological, political, economic, literary, and cultural implications attached to the concept of the Canadian mosaic in an age of mobility and globalization. Cutting across nationally framed area studies, the contributors address both theoretical questions and practical examples that range from the applicability of the terms ‘postcolonial’ and ‘imperial’ to Canada over ethnic and post-ethnic forms of literary expression to Canadian popular culture.

Kirsten Sandrock, Gender and Region, Augsburg: Wißner, 2009

Maritime fiction by women writers constitutes an important focal point for the interaction between gender and regionalist discourses. It heralds the naissance of a new, dialogic tradition that includes the works of Canadian authors studied in this book: Susan Kerslake's Middlewatch (1976), Donna E. Smyth's Subversive Elements (1986), Carol Bruneau's After the Angel Mill (1995), Ann-Marie MacDonald's Fall On Your Knees (1996), and Joan Clark's An Audience of Chairs (2005).
These works ascertain how diversely contemporary women have become involved in the literary representation of the Canadian Maritimes and how their works reconfigure established topics, motifs, and generic conventions of regional writing.


Ralf Haekel and Markus Dauss (eds.), Leib/Seele - Geist/Buchstabe. Dualismen in der Ästhetik und den Künsten um 1800 und 1900, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2009

Die beiden Begriffspaare, die Gegenstand der Aufsätze des von Ralf Haekel und Markus Dauss herausgegebenen Bandes Leib/Seele – Geist Buchstabe. Dualismen in der Ästhetik und den Künsten um 1800 und 1900 sind, haben unterschiedliche Ursprünge und Traditionslinien – und stehen doch zueinander in einem engen, beziehungs- und spannungsreichen Verhältnis. Auf der einen Seite das Paar Leib und Seele, dessen Ausgangspunkt in der platonischen Philosophie liegt und dessen Verhältnis seit Descartes in veränderter Form als ein Grundproblem der neuzeitlichen Philosophie verhandelt wird. Auf der anderen Seite das Begriffspaar Geist und Buchstabe, das auf den zweiten Korintherbrief zurückgeht – »Denn der Buchstabe tötet, aber der Geist macht lebendig« – und das in der hermeneutischen, anthropologischen und poetologischen Diskussion der Neuzeit aktualisiert wird. Zueinander in Beziehung gesetzt werden somit eine dualistische Anthropologie und eine dualistische Zeichentheorie. Mit dem Menschen und dem Zeichen stehen mithin zwei Paradigmen der ästhetischen Erfindung der Moderne im Zentrum des Bandes.


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