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Edward Scarr

This book tells the untold story of Australia’s veteran bikers. Like other motorcycle clubs, the Australian War Fighters (pseudonym) are a fringe-dwelling subculture that provokes strong opinions. Newspaper editors have been salivating over motorcycle club imagery since the subculture emerged in California in the middle of the twentieth century. Motorcycle clubs remain the subject of persisting ‘moral panics’ in Australia and have been the subject of successive crackdowns, police operations, and hard-hitting legislation aimed at driving them out of existence. The War Fighters operate on the periphery of the hard-core one percent element of the subculture. While they enjoy the notoriety of looking mean, the War Fighters do significant charity work, and the seemingly bizarre combination of outlaw biker subculture aesthetic with raising money for local hospitals means these men enjoy the paradox of looking bad while doing good. Drawing on sociological research Edward Scarr tells the true story of how and why the veteran motorcycle club subculture came to be. What follows is an ultimately hopeful story of redemption from despair and the salvation of lives that had been all but given up on.

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Österreichische Beiträge zum Internationalen Slawistikkongress 2018 in Belgrad

Edited by Peter Deutschmann, Imke Mendoza, Tilmann Reuther and Alois Woldan

Der Band vereinigt 14 österreichische Beiträge (12 Papers, 2 Poster) zum Internationalen Slawistikkongress 2018 in Belgrad.

Acht linguistischen Beiträge betreffen klassische und innovative Bereiche der Sprachwissenschaft von Syntax und Lexikografie über Gender und Codeswitching bis Fachsprache und Internet, ein Beitrag behandelt Texte der Slavia Orthodoxa. Die behandelten Sprachen sind Polnisch, Serbisch, Russisch, und Ukrainisch.

Vier literaturwissenschaftliche Beiträge beschäftigen sich mit postjugoslawischen Literaturen (bosnischer, kroatischer und serbischer) und deren Thematisierung von medial vermitteltem Gedächtnis und Erinnerung; ein weiterer Beitrag behandelt die russisch-orthodoxen Hymnographie des 16. Jahrhunderts.

Mehrere Beiträge haben kulturwissenschaftliche Anteile.

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Catching the Elusive

Lexical evidentiality markers in Slavic languages (A questionnaire study and its background)

Björn Wiemer

Evidentiality deals with the marking of information source, that is with means that specify how we come to know what we (think to) know. For instance, such means indicate whether knowledge derives from hearsay, or whether an inference has been based on perception or on knowledge about habits. Often these indications are vague. This book focuses on sentence adverbs and so-called function words in Slavic languages. Six of them were subject of a questionnaire survey, whose discussion, preceded by general methodological background, occupies the second part of this book. The first half contains a thorough consideration of notional links between evidentiality and related domains, first of all of epistemic modality, and it discusses the intricacies of doing lexicography of evidential marking.

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Erna Cooper

Although separated by language and geography, Willa Cather and Marguerite Duras both explored the lives of women and children across the tumultuous twentieth century by drawing on their own experiences. This comparative critical study of Cather, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and Duras, winner of the Prix Goncourt and Cannes Film Festival award, reveals the blurring of fiction and autobiography in their works, focusing on their concerns for women, children and the socially marginalized. Relying on a corpus of novels, plays, films, letters and interviews, the study highlights questions about power and authority relevant to the study of feminism and women’s writing during and after the world wars.

Dominant themes include female adolescence and creative emergence, poverty, racism, immigrant and postcolonial life, psychosexual trauma, adult narcissism and child exploitation. The works explored also serve to examine the authors’ respective theories of art and changes in narration and genre that took place in twentieth-century women’s writing. This book highlights particular aesthetic elements and narrative strategies that are keys to missing knowledge about the writers’ childhoods, personal relationships and changing values, which when combined establish a poetics of loss.

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Espiritualismo at the U.S.-Mexican Border Region

A Case Study of Possession, Globalization, and the Maintenance of Tradition

Rodolfo A. Otero

Espiritualismo at the U.S.-Mexican Border Region: A Case Study of Possession, Globalization, and the Maintenance of Tradition is a sensitive, empathetic, and beautifully detailed account of the Mexican religious movement Espiritualismo Trinitario Mariano as practiced in the U.S.-Mexican border region, culminating 16 months of fieldwork. This study offers a salient portrait of a changing religion and society in Mexico and is critically relevant to the understanding of religious change in the developing world. Espiritualista symbolism at the U.S.-Mexican border, mainly manifested through spirit possession performances, is an effective system of knowledge and empowerment accessible to individuals from all levels in society. This symbolism reflects an awareness of attempts at discrediting tradition through the imposition of a "rational," modernist hegemonic perspective. According to espiritualistas at the border, the social arrangements engendered by capitalism and the strong presence of Protestantism in the area are the forces that present a direct attack on Mexican tradition. In an uneasy alliance with Catholicism, espiritualismo stands as a bastion of tradition, and at the same time, it establishes a path to modernity. This book is a major contribution to the anthropology of religion, Latin American anthropology, gender studies, medical anthropology, and studies of migration. It is an excellent supplemental reading for undergraduate and graduate courses on the anthropology of religion.

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Timur Kibirovs dichterisches Werk in seiner Entwicklung (1979–2009)

Ringen um Werte in einer Zeit der Umbrüche

Marion Rutz

Ein Paradigmenwechsel Mitte der 1990er Jahre hat in der Slavistik die Gegenwartsliteratur als Thema etabliert, allerdings betraf er vor allem die postmoderne Prosa. Die Dichtung (Lyrik) erfuhr lange Zeit wenig Aufmerksamkeit. Diese Arbeit stellt einen der wichtigsten russischen Dichter der letzten Jahrzehnte vor: Timur Kibirov (*1955). Kibirovs Verstexte sind ein Seismograph der gesellschaftlichen Prozesse im spät- und postsowjetischen Russland. Immer wieder fragen sie nach moralischen, ästhetischen und religiösen Werten. Sie suchen nach einem Mittelweg zwischen den Extremen der ideologischen Verfestigung und des postmodernen Relativismus, ob sie in konzeptualistischer Manier sowjetische Ideologie dekonstruieren oder postmodern für Moral und Glauben agitieren.

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Wiener Slawistischer Almanach

Schwerpunkt «Madness and Literature» und weitere literaturwissenschaftliche und linguistische Beiträge

Edited by Aage A. Hansen-Löve, Maija Könönen, Tilmann Reuther and Andrei Rogatchevski

Die literaturwissenschaftlichen Beiträge behandeln Werke zum Thema «Madness and Literature» in Russland, zur Poetik Pasternaks, zum Nomadischen bei Platonov und zur Anti-Utopien in der russischen Gegenwartsliteratur.

Die linguistischen Artikel betreffen die slavische Sprachgeschichte (lexikalisch-semantischer Wandel sowie die Vita Constantini), Tempus und Aspekt im Russischen (Form-Funktionszusammenhang vom Morphem zum Text) sowie Fragen der sprachlichen Identitätskonstruktion (allgemein und im Slavischen).

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Slavistische Linguistik 2015

Referate des 41. Konstanzer Slavistischen Arbeitstreffens in Wien. Literaturwissenschaftliche Beiträge. Texte und Materialien Rezensionen

Edited by Aage A. Hansen-Löve, Angelika Hechtl, Renate Rathmayr and Tilmann Reuther

Der Band vereinigt Beiträge deutscher, österreichischer und Schweizer slavistischer Linguistinnen und Linguisten des «Konstanzer Kreises» sowie literaturwissenschaftliche Beiträge aus Russland, Israel, den USA, der Schweiz und Deutschland.

Die linguistischen Aufsätze betreffen klassische und innovative Bereiche der Sprachwissenschaft (von Morphologie und Syntax bis Diskursanalyse und Medienlinguistik).

Die literaturwissenschaftlichen Beiträge behandeln die altrussische Poetik, das Zaubermärchens und Gogol, Detektiv-Motive von Belyjs Peterburg, Fragen der Literaturverfilmung und das Verhältnis von Kuzmin und der Achmatova.

Hinzu kommt eine vollständige Erfassung der Bibliothek N. Gumilevs.

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Edited by Magdalena Maria Kubas

Litanic verse is based on different syntactic and rhetorical devices, such as enumeration, parallelism, anaphora, and epiphora. Its Italian variants are not to be seen as a mere convention of versification, but as a multifactorial phenomenon, which involves semantic and performative aspects as well. The variants reveal their different faces within various periods, beginning with the Duecento. This book analyzes Italian poetry up until the first decades of the twentieth century, together with certain musical pieces that are closely related to the history of literature. The monograph is the fourth of five volumes devoted to the emergence and development of litanic verse in the literature of European regions.

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Edited by Magdalena Kowalska

Despite the numerous famous examples of «les litanies» in French poetry, the manner in which the structures of this form of worship affect the versification strategies of poems has not previously been discussed thoroughly. Litanic verse, whose origins are as ancient as those of the litany genre, is recognized in works whose poetic diction, in whole or in part, includes the distinctive features of the litany, such as enumeration, parallelism, anaphora, and epiphora. The third volume describes the development of litanic verse from troubadour poetry and Old French religious verse up to World War II. This rich and multifaceted material is presented in chronological order and in the context of different literary genres.