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Die Reihe Gegenwartsliteratur - Autoren und Debatten präsentiert konzise Auseinandersetzungen mit vorwiegend deutschsprachiger Literatur nach 1989. Sie ermöglicht ihren Leserinnen und Lesern Annäherungen an Texte, deren Bedeutungsspektrum noch längst nicht ausgeleuchtet ist. Die thematisch fokussierten Bände liefern Impulse zu den drängendsten Fragen der literarischen Jetztzeit.
Since the turn of the millennium, there has been a boom in political literature; however, the possibilities of political writing in the present must be renegotiated. The challenges of a post-political climate of lack of alternatives are met by Elfriede Jelinek’s theatrical work, which – as the field- and discourse-analytical investigation shows – strives to reclaim a democratic culture of the agon.
Clemens J Setz’s multi-award-winning books have had a perplexing, almost intrusive impact. The reason for this is their interplay between magical, metaphorical modes of perception and presentation, which can be described using cognitive aesthetics. This volume provides an introduction to the multifaceted novels by this Austrian author, presenting his poetological method using an innovative theory of magic and metaphor.
Non-realistic narratives are currently immensely popular but have been frequently accused of political escapism. This study models counterfactuality using theories of fiction and shows the great affinity that this narrative technique shares with political writing. Analyses of works by Christian Kracht, Kathrin Röggla, Juli Zeh, and Leif Randt demonstrate the diversity and relevance of political variations on reality in contemporary literature.
Digital media are transforming narratives and literary texts. They are also changing how we think about the present. It is against this backdrop that this volume inquires into the status of contemporary literature after digitalization: What role do new concepts of time play in writing? What forms of temporal reflection have shaped the novels of the last fifteen years? Which new modes of writing are being developed in digital media?
“Heimat” (roughly, “home” or “homeland”) is a central topos in Herta Muller’s work. But how have the term and its use changed historically? And how does Muller explore the spectrum of meanings in her writing? This systematic investigation shows that “heimat” is a multidimensional motif that enriches global identity discourse. The study thus makes a productive contribution to critical reflection on the concept.
This volume examines Daniel Kehlmann’s works, with specific attention to the intertextual and intermedia references that are characteristic of his writing, as well as his literary politics. In addition, the study discusses the supposed or actual tension between “entertaining” and “serious” literature. It thereby relates the author, his works, and their reception to general tendencies in contemporary literature.
In contrast to the littérature engagée popularized after the Second World War, literature since 1995 makes use of innovative aesthetic and political techniques. The study asks how contemporary literature thematizes politics, and explores literature’s ability to create fictional spaces for imagination and reflection by way of recent developments in political philosophy, literary studies, and political science.
Brigitte Kronauer’s artfully composed prose is characterized by an aggressive delight in the everyday and an aesthetic and political commitment to a nature in peril. This study sheds light on Kronauer’s joining of the incidental with the natural in multiperspective narration. What techniques does she use to create this effect?
Every new work by the Swiss author Christian Kracht further expands the topographical range of his literary settings, which gradually extend to encompass the entire globe. In this sense, Kracht’s work epitomizes world literature in a contemporary, provocative way: every location is a temporary sojourn in an aesthetic "in-between." The volume addresses the topographical and poetological dimensions of Kracht’s writings.