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Romantic Dialectics: Culture, Gender, Theater

Essays in Honor of Lilla Maria Crisafulli

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Edited by Serena Baiesi and Stuart Curran

Romantic Dialectics: Culture, Gender, Theater aims to emphasize the importance of collaboration and exchange in the exploration of neglected areas of Romanticism. The essays grouped in this volume, moreover, are themselves inherently dialectical, being built on, and shaped by, the underlying tension between competing and even at times opposing literary, social and political elements. The three sections of the volume include: Culture and international relations; Aspects of female-oriented aesthetics; and Theatre and drama of the Romantic period. These three topics well reflect the diversified areas of the research and teaching of Professor Lilla Maria Crisafulli, to whom this volume is dedicated. This collection also eloquently illustrates how current research in Romanticism, carried out by scholars from a number of different countries and schools, is nevertheless united by a shared dialectical engagement in generating and debating new approaches to this extremely rich intellectual field.

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Eco«Ulysses»

Nature, Nation, Consumption

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Yi-peng Lai

This study focuses on the relationship between environment, history, politics, and rhetorical discourses in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Delving into different aspects of Joyce’s use of nature and linguistic discourses in orchestrating a specific dynamic of eco-politics, it adopts an interdisciplinary approach that includes cultural politics, historiographical poetics, and genetic criticism with close reading of the text. The first of the two sessions of the book addresses the environmental questions of land and consumption through discussions on co-operative politics, garden city movement, and the eco-politics of waste. The second section moves to examine the diverse ways in which nature and nation are (re)imagined exemplarily in Joyce’s composition of the forest and the marketplace.

By examining several thematic environmental issues addressed in Ulysses with the evidence of historical and archival resources, this study has demonstrated that Joyce is after all a writer with the environment in mind, and that the imagination of nature in Ulysses is inseparable from that of the emergent nation of fin-de-siècle Ireland.

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Universitäre Englischlehrerbildung

Wege zu mehr Kohärenz im Studium und Korrespondenz mit der Praxis

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Edited by Bärbel Diehr

Die Englischlehrerbildung findet in einem Spannungsfeld zwischen Theorie und Praxis statt. Die Aufgabe ihrer Weiterentwicklung stand im Mittelpunkt des Wuppertaler Symposiums Kohärenz und Korrespondenz in der universitären Englischlehrerbildung. Der Band enthält Beiträge aller Vortragenden aus Wissenschaft, Schule und Ausbildung. Sie gehen der Frage nach, wie die fachliche Fundierung des Studiums mit dem Professionsbezug zur Praxis verbunden werden kann. Dabei diskutieren sie Kohärenz in Bezug auf das Verhältnis zwischen Sprachwissenschaft, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft, Didaktik des Englischen und Praxiselementen. Zudem beleuchten sie den Austausch, die Korrespondenz, zwischen dem Schulfach Englisch und der universitären Disziplin Anglistik/Amerikanistik.

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Writing Slums

Dublin, Dirt and Literature

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Nils Beese

Dublin’s slums were once considered the worst in Europe. The city’s tenements were omnipresent and their inhabitants were plagued by poverty. Illuminating the intricate relationship between the «dirty» cityscape and Dublin literature from 1880 to 1920, this seminal book offers new socio-historical, cultural and political insights into one of the most interesting periods of Irish literature and history.

As well as delineating the characteristics of Dublin slum literature as a genre, the book challenges general assumptions about the Literary Revival as a mainly rural movement and discusses representations of slums in a variety of texts by «Alpha and Omega», James Connolly, Fannie Gallaher, May Laffan, Seumas O’Sullivan, Frederick Ryan, James Stephens, Katharine Tynan and many others. In addition, it reassesses W. B. Yeats’s and James Joyce’s literary genealogy in the context of the urban literary-historical discourse and analyses the impact of slums on their writing strategies. This work will be essential reading for scholars and students of Irish literature and cultural history.

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Edited by Birgit Bauridl, Ingrid Gessner and Udo Hebel

Rooted in Transnational American Studies, this collection explores German-American encounters in Bavaria since 1945. Spanning a trajectory from the end of World War II to the contemporary American presence in the region, the articles and visuals discuss the impact of the transnational contact zone on negotiations of democratization, historical guilt, cultural diplomacy, identity politics, military cooperation, economic interaction, pop and folk culture, literature, memory, museums, and tourism. Articles on Rhineland-Palatinate, Austria, and the Netherlands signify the complexity of European-American relations. The volume complicates bipolar, solidifying comparative approaches in favor of multidirectional, fluid conceptualizations of intercultural transfer and transnational entanglements.

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Reading Authentic English Picture Books in the Primary School EFL Classroom

A Study of Reading Comprehension, Reading Strategies and FL Development

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Julia Reckermann

This book deals with reading authentic English picture books in the primary school EFL classroom in Germany. Questioning whether teachers and researchers underestimate young learners’ competences in English as a foreign language, the author conducted a mixed methods study that investigated Year 4 EFL learners’ reading of six different picture books. While focusing on the learners’ reading comprehension and reading strategies, the study also explored the possible effects of regular reading on foreign language development. The results of the study suggest a greater focus on meaningful reading tasks in the primary school EFL classroom to create a challenging, authentic and individualised learning environment for young learners of English.

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Sichtweisen auf den Englischunterricht

Die Bedeutung des Migrationshintergrunds von Englischlehrerinnen und Englischlehrern für den inter-/transkulturellen Englischunterricht – eine empirische Studie

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Soumaya Djemai-Runkel

Das Buch untersucht die Sichtweisen von Englischlehrern mit Migrationshintergrund auf den Englischunterricht. Die Autorin geht hierbei der Frage nach, welchen Einfluss die inter-/transkulturellen Lebenserfahrungen auf die LehrerInnen ausübt und rekonstruiert diese systematisch, um sie für didaktisch-methodische Überlegungen zu nutzen. Das Buch bedient sich des problemzentrierten Interviews als zentraler Untersuchungsmethode. Die Auswertung der Datenerhebung lässt darauf schließen, dass Englischlehrer mit Migrationshintergrund ein besonderes Potenzial für den Englischunterricht aufweisen. Darüber hinaus resultieren die Ergebnisse in der Erweiterung und Modifizierung des ICC/TC-Modells sowie in dem Modell zu portativen Kompetenzen.

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Lessons from the East

Representations of East Asia in Contemporary Anglophone Films and Novels

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Stankomir Nicieja

This book analyses representations of East Asia, mainly China and Japan, in selected Anglophone novels and films. Starting with the earliest texts and accounts, the first two chapters explore wider historical and cultural contexts of the mutual influences between the cultures of the East and West. The subsequent three chapters discuss symptomatic examples of contemporary Anglophone films and novels and seek to show how various cultural flows have continued to mould Western images of East Asia. The book focuses on narratives that highlight Western subjects transforming or becoming reinvigorated under the East Asian influence and explores such issues as the impact of East Asian martial arts and religious practices on Western masculinities, East Asian motifs in utopian and dystopian fiction, and contemporary depictions of Asian-Western romantic relationships.

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Beyond Diversity

The Past and the Future of English Studies

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Edited by Przemysław Żywiczyński, Marta Sibierska and Waldemar Skrzypczak

This book offers a collection of papers that, taken jointly, show the academic potential of English Studies – its most contemporary lines of investigation seen against the area’s traditional concerns. The chapters illustrate a cross section of research in English literature, linguistics, language teaching and translation studies – disciplines traditionally pursued at Departments of English. They also show an expansion of the core philological lines of research into other areas of knowledge, such as semiotics or comparative and cognitive studies. The book thus makes a strong case that the philological ethos, reflected in the Polish translation of «English Studies» as filologia angielska, still constitutes a valuable academic formula.

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Michiko Ogura

This monograph is one of the studies on English verb syntax, especially focusing on its changes in Old and Middle English periods. Investigations have been made so far by the author on ‘impersonal’ verbs, reflexive constructions, verbs of motion, verbs of emotion, and other verbs in various semantic fields. In this study the author explains all the periphrastic expressions found in the early history of English, some of which survived up to Modern English, by using dictionary data and her own findings. She tries to show the devices of periphrastic expressions with modal and other auxiliaries, which have supplied simple verb forms in writings and translations in the process of the language change.