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Italian World Heritage

Studi di letteratura e cultura italiana / Studien zur italienischen Literatur und Kultur (1300-1650)


Christoph Mayer, Grazia Dolores Folliero-Metz, Mariateresa Girardi and Susanne Gramatzki

L’Italia comunale e rinascimentale ha ricoperto un ruolo precursore nella formazione dell’Europa moderna, per quanto riguarda il costituirsi sia delle strutture e istituzioni europee che delle singole culture nazionali. Ancora oggi è vitale il valore fondativo delle esperienze culturali elaborate nel ‘Rinascimento lungo’ della storia d’Italia, in specie nell’ambito letterario e artistico, specifico della stessa identità e civiltà italiana.

Italienisch- und deutschsprachige Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler gehen in diesem Band gemeinsam der Frage nach, welche kulturellen Ideen Italien in Mittelalter und Renaissance als wegweisend für Europa hervorgebracht hat und in welcher Weise die vielfältigen literarischen und künstlerischen Projekte aus der Ideenfabrik Italien heute noch aktuell sind.

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Living by the Golden Rule: Mentor – Scholar – World Citizen

A Festschrift for Wolfgang Mieder’s 75th Birthday

Edited by Andreas Nolte and Dennis Mahoney

This Festschrift for Wolfgang Mieder, preeminent paremiologist and folklorist, combines personal tributes and scholarly papers by colleagues, friends, and former students – presented in three categories that address his roles as a mentor, scholar, and world citizen over many decades.

The central scholarly section likewise consists of three parts. The papers dealing with proverbs examine them as patterns, stereotypes, rhetorical devices, media for self-enchantment, and means of allusion in works by Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, Chukovskaya, and Kempowski. A second group deals with fairy-tale motifs in literary works by Lehmann, Rabinowich, and Hummel. A third section includes topics ranging from James Bond to Stephen King, from runaway slaves to the Holocaust, and literature as cultural ecology.

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The NEUROGES® Analysis System for Nonverbal Behavior and Gesture

The Complete Research Coding Manual including an Interactive Video Learning Tool and Coding Template

Hedda Lausberg

The NEUROGES® analysis system is an objective and reliable interdisciplinary research tool for analysis of body movement and gesture. The system has been field-tested on more than 500 individuals from cultures of five continents, including healthy adults and children as well as individuals with mental illness or brain damage, and further, on non-human primates.

Following up on the first book on theoretical background of the NEUROGES® system, which was published in 2013, this book contains the complete coding manual for the application of the system in research including an interactive video learning tool with video examples of all NEUROGES® hand movement and gesture types, training videos, and a template file for the Multimedia Annotator ELAN.

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Forfatterens individuelle estetikk i gjendiktning

Wisława Szymborska og Czesław Miłosz i norske oversettelser


Aleksandra Wilkus-Wyrwa

The book poses a question about the functioning of the individual aesthetic features of a writer in the translation. The author examines this multi-faceted problem from the comparative perspective, analyzing the poetry of Wisława Szymborska and Czesław Miłosz translated to the Norwegian language. Two novel analytical models were used, first based on the Walter Benjamin’s concept of aura and the second based on the poet-translator’s phenomenon.

Szymborska’s translators had a lot of problems with the lexical-semantic and cultural code contained in her poetry. On the other hand, Paal Brekke, an influential Norwegian writer, applied in his translations of Miłosz’ poetry many solutions closely related to his own literary aesthetics, thus changing the original form of the poems.

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Patrick O’Mahony

Normative democratic theory does not lie securely above societal argumentation but is rather part of it. We need to know not just how the public should ideally reason, but how it actually does or could in better foreseeable circumstances. For the health and the necessary extension of democracy, given general societal and cosmopolitan challenges, fundamentally depends on the reasoning capacities of publics. The concept of the public sphere is intrinsic to understanding this process, but it has long been limited by its division into the twin approaches of normative argumentation in democratic theory and empirical-theoretical application in the social sciences. This book aims to go beyond this entrenched divide to show how democratic theory can become empirically applicable and the social sciences normatively relevant. It does this by linking democratic theory to the theory of society and relating both to a cognitive-communicative account of public culture. The book contributes significantly to exchanges within and between sociology, philosophy, cultural and communication studies, political science, and cognate disciplines. It also addresses a long-established concern of critical theory to combine empirical and normative perspectives to advance the goal of a better society.

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Manufacturing Indianness

Nation-Branding and Postcolonial Identity


Ishita Sinha Roy

Manufacturing Indianness takes an interdisciplinary approach in deconstructing nation-branding exercises in neoliberal India, utilizing the fetish as a critical device to demonstrate how postcolonial nation-building can become colonizing. Using interviews with media-makers and nation-branding professionals, postcolonial theory, media and cultural studies, psychoanalytic theories, political economy approaches, affective theory, cultural geography, and branding and marketing perspectives, Manufacturing Indianness provides an insightful and academically sophisticated investigation into how the Indian state and its corporate partners have merged cultural/ethnic nationalism (Hindutva) with neoliberalism to form the ultimate fetish of Brand India.

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Mosquitoes management

Between environmental and health issues


Edited by Cécilia Claeys

This edited volume focuses on contemporary developments in mosquito control policies. It is premised on the idea that, in view of the social and ecological changes of recent decades, effective management of vector mosquitoes calls for a break with the old North/South, environment/health dualisms. Increasing urbanization and climate change encourage the proliferation of vector mosquitoes and expand their range of distribution. Globalization and the accelerated flow of human beings, insect vectors and viruses are increasing epidemic risks.

In the North, populations are now exposed to emerging or re-emerging epidemic risks (dengue fever, chikungunya, zika, malaria, etc.). However, comfort-based mosquito control techniques designed predominantly to reduce a nuisance have proven ineffective against vector mosquitoes. In the South, social acceptance of large-scale insecticide spraying is waning. Ecological concerns are voiced with growing insistence, denouncing a cure that can be worse than the disease. Reliance on chemical control appears even less desirable as its effectiveness declines due to increasing insecticide resistance among mosquitoes. Meanwhile, genetic engineering is still in the trial and error phase and raises new ethical questions.

The changes studied here are socio-environmental. To understand them, this volume proposes a dialogue between sociology, geography, entomology, epidemiology and ecology based on several study areas in Africa, the Indian Ocean, America and Europe. These analyses show that the relationships between human societies and mosquitoes are more deeply enmeshed than ever, as if caught in a duel that is still all too often fatal.

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Embodying Theory

Epistemology, Aesthetics and Resistance

Elizabeth Bishop and Tamsen Wojtanowski

Embodying Theory: Epistemology, Aesthetics and Resistance takes a deep dive into representational spaces of social science theory and research, positioning post-structuralist frameworks as potent tools in ongoing fights against injustice and inequity. In this interactive text, the reader takes a discursive tour through theoretical and imagistic landscapes that offer options for liberated existence and expression from repression and moralism. By foregrounding the "double articulation" of what is articulated through language and what is shown through visual material, Embodying Theory furthers an argument that there are numerous ways to embody, interpret and interact with meaning across cultural, materialist and populist platforms, to strategically create counter-narratives in the service of building peaceable, inclusive, sustainable and joyful futures.

Embodying Theory offers a series of writings and images to make theory walk, recasting major post-structural and deconstructive thought in order to explore spheres of action in the educational, the sociopolitical, the ethical, the aesthetic and the academic. This is an explicitly politicized approach to text creation, understood as both building theory and practice, to collaboratively design a textual experiment. This book reconceptualizes the text as an anti-moralistic response, as a non-violent battleground visually and textually. Embodying Theory uses the form of the book to demonstrate the always possible, to break open words and images. Through an interplay of light and language, the text foregrounds an affirmative stance against the nihilistic and the cynical. Embodying Theory interacts with core notions of "becoming" as key to understanding processes of subjects constructing their present and future.

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L’Odyssée ou le Retour d’Ulysse

Un traité d’économie politique

André Sauge

L’unique objet de l’Odyssée, c’est le Retour d’Ulysse, sa légitimité, en instance jusqu’à la sanction de Zeus, au tout dernier moment du récit. Si le retour doit être légitimé, c’est qu’il entraîne avec lui un enjeu de grande conséquence : en Ithaque (en Athique), on a besoin d’Ulysse en tant que gouvernant capable de soumettre les grands seigneurs à la règle du bien commun. Cela le légitime-t-il à réclamer pour lui la « dignité » royale ? Ses propres alliés lui feront comprendre que la plus sûre façon d’éviter la tyrannie, c’est de refuser tout gouvernement monarchique.

L’étude qui fait l’objet de la présente publication est dans la continuité de celles que l’auteur a publiées, chez le même éditeur, sur l’Iliade : L’Iliade, poème athénien de l’époque de Solon (2000) et Iliade : langue, récit, écriture (2007). Elle confirme les conclusions antérieures et situe clairement Homère et son œuvre à Athènes entre ~570 et ~546 de l’ère ancienne.

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L'urgence de dire

L’Irlande du Nord après le conflit


Fabrice Mourlon

Depuis la fin des années 1990 et la signature de l’Accord du Vendredi-Saint à Belfast en 1998, un nombre croissant de témoignages de survivants du conflit nord-irlandais ont été recueillis et publiés et occupent une place importante dans l’espace public, tant dans la presse que le monde de l’édition. Le sentiment de n’être pas véritablement reconnu par la société et par ses institutions, d’être exclu du récit historique dominant, et le manque de consensus sur le statut de « victime » contribuent au besoin de raconter sa propre histoire, donnant ainsi l’impression d’une polyphonie de points de vue.

Alors que la plupart des études ont analysé la fonction et la portée politique et sociale des témoignages en Irlande du Nord, cet ouvrage montre dans quelle mesure ces récits permettent aux affects et aux émotions de s’exprimer et de s’élaborer, tant du côté du narrateur que de celui du lecteur. En adoptant une approche pluridisciplinaire et en soulignant le rôle de l’intersubjectivité, ces récits, adressés à un Autre, sont ici analysés par le prisme d’un lecteur bien particulier : celui du chercheur, qui accepte sa subjectivité et se situe délibérément dans l’interaction entre le narrateur et lui-même.