German publications

2014

 European Writers and Gender in Transnational Context. Rohrig Universitatsverlag, 2014Lewis, Alison, Anderson, Lara and Benbow, Heather (eds.,). Other Encounters: European Writers and Gender in Transnational Context. Rohrig Universitatsverlag, 2014.

The nationalist projects of the long nineteenth century in Europe sought to define and contain the national self by positing concepts of national character and incommensurable national difference. Scholarship on European nationalisms has shown that national identity is inherently gendered, as can be seen from the gendered division of the public and private spheres, the exclusion of women from nation-building projects, the gendered politics of culture and from gendered allegories of the nation itself... This collection of essays, spanning the long nineteenth century from the revolutionary late-eighteenth century to the pre-WWI period in the twentieth century, explores the varied ways in which the transnational encounter contributed to or contested the gendered paradigm of nineteenth-century nationalisms. More information...

Corkhill, A. and Lewis, A. (eds.,). Intercultural Encounters in German Studies. Rohrig Universitatsverlag, 2014Corkhill, A. and Lewis, A. (eds.,). Intercultural Encounters in German Studies. Rohrig Universitatsverlag, 2014

Jilovsky, Esther. ""Weil wir keine Deutschen sind": Memory, Narrative and Identity in German-Jewish Holocaust Memoirs," in Corkhill, A. and Lewis, A. (eds.,). Intercultural Encounters in German Studies. Rohrig Universitatsverlag, 2014, pp. 305-320

Benbow, Heather. "Gendering the Turkish-German 'Ethno-Sitcom'," in Corkhill, A. and Lewis, A. (eds.,). Intercultural Encounters in German Studies. Rohrig Universitatsverlag, 2014, pp. 233-251

Lang, Birgit. "The Case of the Con Man: Criminal Writers, Legal Experts and the Question of Culture," in Corkhill, A. and Lewis, A. (eds.,). Intercultural Encounters in German Studies. Rohrig Universitatsverlag, 2014, pp. 359-375

Interculturality remains an important avenue of enquiry that continues to yield new findings in the interrelated disciplines of Germanistik and German performance and cinema studies. For scholars researching outside the traditional centres of German Germanistik, particularly those working in Australia and New Zealand, the United States of America, Japan and on the periphery of the Federal Republic of Germany, the theme of the intercultural encounter and the question of intercultural methodologies have enduring appeal and value. This volume brings together recent research on interculturality by scholars from five continents. More information...

 Theorien, Konzepte, empirische Befunde.Kretzenbacher, Leo. "Sich und andere auf internationalen wissenschaftlichen Konferenzen vorstellen - zur sprachlichen Inszenierung von Kulturalitat und lingua franca-Interkulturalitat in der Wissenschaftskommunikation," in Meier, S., Rellstab, D. and Schiewer, G. (eds.,). Dialog und (Inter)Kulturalitat: Theorien, Konzepte, empirische Befunde. Gunter Narr Verlag, 2014, pp. 237-254. More information...

2013

 Topos Australien. Rombach Verlag, 2013Deiters, Franz-Josef; Fliethmann, Axel; Lang, Birgit; Lewis, Alison and Weller, Christiane (eds.,). Limbus 6: Australisches Jahrbuch für germanistische Literatur - und Kulturwissenschaft: Topos Australien. Rombach Verlag, 2013.

A global network is essential for the shaping of a scientific discipline such as German literature - especially in a country like Australia, from its geo-strategic location, the self-evidence of a strong Germanic research does not result in the same way as in Europe. This requirement is what propels the Australian Yearbook of Germanistic literature and cultural studies named Limbus. More information...

 Beitraege zu Status und Perspektiven der Wissenschaftssprache Deutsch. Klett Kallmeyer, 2013, pp. 82-83Kretzenbacher, Leo. "Die internationale Sichtbarkeit des Deutschen als Wissenschaftssprache im 21. Jahrhundert: ein paar Thesen," in Wintermantel, M., Lehmann, K. and Eichinger, L. (eds.,). Deutsch in den Wissenschaften: Beitraege zu Status und Perspektiven der Wissenschaftssprache Deutsch. Klett Kallmeyer, 2013, pp. 82-83.

The debate about German as a scientific language is closely linked with elementary questions about language and identity, language policy and multilingualism, and is as relevant as ever. The topic of this volume is to determine the position of the current and future role of the German language in a scientific context. More information...

 Language Variation and Sociocognitive Dimensions. De Gruyter, 2013, pp. 243-270.Norrby, Catrin and Kretzenbacher, Leo. "National variation in address in pluricentric languages: The examples of Swedish and German," in Soares de Silva, A. (ed.,). Pluricentricity: Language Variation and Sociocognitive Dimensions. De Gruyter, 2013, pp. 243-270.

The studies collected in this volume explore the sociocultural, conceptual and structural dimensions of variation and change within pluricentric languages, with specific emphasis on the relationship between national varieties. The volume describes patterns of phonetic, lexical and morphosyntactic variation, and language attitudes. More information...

Kretzenbacher, L., Hajek, J. and Norrby, C. "Address and introductions across two pluricentric languages in intercultural communication," in Muhr, R. et al (eds.,). Exploring linguistic standards in non-dominant varieties of pluricentric languages. Lang - Peter Lang, 2013, pp. 259-274Kretzenbacher, L., Hajek, J. and Norrby, C. "Address and introductions across two pluricentric languages in intercultural communication," in Muhr, R. et al (eds.,). Exploring linguistic standards in non-dominant varieties of pluricentric languages. Lang - Peter Lang, 2013, pp. 259-274.

This volume commemorates the 20th anniversary of Michael Clyne’s seminal volume Pluricentric languages. Differing norms in different countries published in 1992. The main focus of this volume is the exploration of linguistic standards in non-dominant varieties and the discovery of the ways in which different language communities of non-dominant varieties reconcile their wish to express their national, social and personal identity via language with their desire to adhere to a common language. More information...

2012

Deiters, Franz-Josef; Fliethmann, Axel; Lang, Birgit; Lewis, Alison and Weller, Christiane (eds.,). Limbus 5 Die Aktualität der Romantik / The Actuality of Romanticism. Rombach Verlag, 2012Deiters, Franz-Josef; Fliethmann, Axel; Lang, Birgit; Lewis, Alison and Weller, Christiane (eds.,). Limbus 5 Die Aktualität der Romantik / The Actuality of Romanticism. Rombach Verlag, 2012

A global network is essential for the shaping of a scientific discipline such as German literature - especially in a country like Australia, from its geo-strategic location, the self-evidence of a strong Germanic research does not result in the same way as in Europe. This requirement is what propels the Australian Yearbook of Germanistic literature and cultural studies named Limbus. More information...

 Rombach, 2012Lu, Y., Stephens, T., Lewis, A. M. and Vosskamp, W. (eds.,). Wissensfiguren bei Heinrich von Kleist. Freiburg i. Br.: Rombach, 2012

The respective relation between knowledge and action, knowledge and feeling, as well as knowledge and error in Kleist's literary works is ambiguous, not least because of the context often contradicts the beliefs of the characters in an unusually cruel manner. This corresponds to the experimental character of the works of Kleist, which remodel not only traditional genres but also fixed beliefs of the Enlightenment to test and show their inadequacy. More information...

 Getting the Picture. In memory of Michael Clyne. Frankfurt/M. etc.: Peter Lang (Österreichisches Deutsch - Sprache der Gegenwart; 14), 2012Muhr, Rudolf, Norrby, Catrin, Kretzenbacher, Heinz L., Amorós Negre, Carla (eds.). Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages: Getting the Picture. In memory of Michael Clyne. Frankfurt/M. etc.: Peter Lang (Österreichisches Deutsch - Sprache der Gegenwart; 14), 2012

This volume comprises 28 papers presented at the 1st International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages in Graz (Austria) in July 2011. The conference was also held in memory of Michael Clyne - eminent linguist, scholar, language enthusiast and advocate of multilingualism who died in October 2010. The volume pays homage to his important contributions in many fields of linguistics and in the theory of pluricentric languages. More information...

 Narrative and Demarcation in Postcolonial Literatures and Media. Universitatsverlag Winter Heidelberg, 2012, pp. 119-130Benbow, Heather. "I Heart New York: Berlin and Transnational Jewishness in Max Minsky and Me'," in West-Pavlov, R., Makokha, J. and Wawrzinek, J. (eds.,). Border-Crossings: Narrative and Demarcation in Postcolonial Literatures and Media. Universitatsverlag Winter Heidelberg, 2012, pp. 119-130.

The history of human interaction around the globe with its extraordinary mobility, hostility, productivity and creativity has clearly been driven as much by the infringement of borders as by their maintenance. This collection of essays scrutinizes the functions of borders, demarcations and their transgression in literature and other cultural artefacts. More information...

 The Mockumentary from Big Screen to Small. Scarecrow Press, 2012, pp. 121-135.Benbow, Heather. ""That's Not Zen!" Mocking Ethnographic Film in Doris Dorrie's Enlightenment Guaranteed," in Miller, C (ed.,). Too Bold for the Box Office: The Mockumentary from Big Screen to Small. Scarecrow Press, 2012, pp. 121-135.

Although considered a relatively new genre, the mockumentary has existed nearly as long as filmmaking itself and has become one of the most common forms of film and television comedy today… In Too Bold for the Box Office, Cynthia J. Miller has assembled essays by scholars and filmmakers who examine this unique cinematic form. Individually, each of these essays looks at a given instance of mockumentary parody and subversion, examining the ways in which each calls into question our assumptions, pleasures, beliefs, and even our senses. More information...

 Interdiziplinaere Aspekte der vernetzten Vielfalt. Frank & Timme, 2012, pp. 860-899.Kretzenbacher, Heinz L. "Mikropragmatik in kommunikativen Gattungen und plurizentrischer Sprachkultur: Zur Anrede im Deutschen," in Baumann, K. (ed.,). Fach - Translat - Kultur: Interdiziplinaere Aspekte der vernetzten Vielfalt. Frank & Timme, 2012, pp. 860-899.

The two related volumes provide a broad and rich insight into the three aspects of theory and professional practice areas, translation and culture. These terms represent the agile modern societies, the current key action areas in which language, communication, behavior, interaction and globality play a dominant role. More information...