German publications

2017

Die Welt auf Deutsch: Fremdenbilder und Selbstentwürfe in der deutschsprachigen Literatur und KulturBenbow, Heather. "Discourses of "Rescue" and "Exit" in Gay Turkish-German Coming-of-Age Novels," in Bandhauer, A., Lay, T., Lü, Y. and Morgan, P. (eds.,). Die Welt auf Deutsch: Fremdenbilder und Selbstentwürfe in der deutschsprachigen Literatur und Kultur. Röhrig Universitätsverlag, 2017.

What is the "self" and the "foreign" in the age of globalisation? How should a culture or a nation define itself and how would individuals deal with questions of identity in a world in which the belonging to a culture or to a nation no longer provides relatively stable categories for the formation and articulation of identity? This book provides in-depth analysis of literary and biographical texts, film and performance practices in the German speaking countries from the 17th century to the present and offers a study of the links and demarcations between language, culture and identity. More information...

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of BerlinLewis, Alison. "Writing in the Cold War," in Webber, Andrew J. (ed.,). The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Berlin. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

This collection of essays by international specialists in the literature of Berlin provides a lively and stimulating account of writing in and about the city in the modern period. The first eight chapters chart key chronological developments from 1750 to the present day, while subsequent chapters focus on Berlin drama and poetry in the twentieth century and explore a set of key identity questions: ethnicity/migration, gender (writing by women), and sexuality (queer writing). More information...

A history of the case study: sexology, psychoanalysis, literatureLang, B., Damousi, J. and Lewis, A. A history of the case study: sexology, psychoanalysis, literature. Manchester University Press, 2017.

This collection tells the story of the case study genre at a time when it became the genre par excellence for discussing human sexuality across the humanities and life sciences. It is a transcontinental journey from the imperial world of fin-de-siécle Central Europe to the interwar metropolises of Weimar Germany and to the United States of America in the post-war years. More information...

2016

Fachkommunikation im Fokus: Paradigmen, Positionen, PerspektivenKretzenbacher , Lewis. "Sprachenwahl und metasprachliche Kommentare bei deutsch-englischen Peer-Reviews," in Kalverkämper, H. (ed.,). Fachkommunikation im Fokus: Paradigmen, Positionen, Perspektiven. Frank and Timme, 2016.

The specialist communication research that has emerged from specialist language research can claim numerous groundbreaking findings in the range of topics. Paradigmatically, it is closely linked to the methods of interdisciplinarity. In her Wissenschafts position she oscillates between linguistics, translation studies, subject research and cultural studies as an independent discipline with a focus on practical application. It is sensitive to the needs of the public and offers creative perspectives for professional communication and translation into other cultures. More information...

Fachkommunikation im Fokus: Paradigmen, Positionen, PerspektivenLang, Birgit and Lewis, Alison et al. Limbus - Australisches Jahrbuch für germanistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft: Band 9 (2016): Besuch / Visitation. Rombach Druck - und Verlagshaus, 2016.

A global network is indispensable for the profiling of a scientific discipline such as German studies, especially in a country like Australia, whose geostrategic situation does not reflect the obviousness of a strong Germanist research in the same way as in the European area. This requirement should be taken into account by the Australian Yearbook for German Literature and Cultural Studies Limbus. More information...

2015

Marriage in Turkish German Popular Culture: States of Matrimony in the New MillenniumBenbow, H. Marriage in Turkish German Popular Culture: States of Matrimony in the New Millennium. Lexington Books, 2015.

This book documents the significance of marriage in 21st-century Turkish-German culture, unpacking its implications not only for the cultural portrayals of those of Turkish background, but also for understandings of German identity. It sheds light on the interactions of gender, sexuality and ethnicity in contemporary Germany. More information...

Pluricentric languages : new perspectives in theory and descriptionIn collaboration with Kretzenbacher, Heinz L. and Bissoonauth, Anu; Rudolf, M. and Dawn, M. (eds.,). Pluricentric languages : new perspectives in theory and description. Peter Lang, 2015.

This volume presents a selection of papers from the «3rd International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages» that was held in 2014 at the University of Surrey, Guildford (UK). The papers in section one deal with the theoretical aspects of pluricentricity and methods of description of the variations in pluricentric languages. Section two contains a number of papers about "new" pluricentric languages and "new" non-dominant varieties that have not been described before. Section three showcases pluricentric languages that are used alongside indigenous languages and section four deals with the pluricentricity of special languages. More information...

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...