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Simon Bennett

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Adam Dziadek

This book illustrates the problems connected with the body and the sign: the real body and the body of the text, somaticism and semiology (both as a general sign theory and in the medical sense as «symptomatology»). The author seeks to derive a more general principle from these two words, referring to the representation of experience in different literary texts. If we are talking about the representation of experience, we cannot, by any means, ignore the body that becomes the essential point of reference for human experience. This general principle aims at creating a matter of concept, a somatic criticism project, which is closely related to the issue of rhythm in literary texts - a rhythm understood as an intermediary between the body and the sense of the text.

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Edward Scarr

This books 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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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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Rita Nikolai

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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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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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Wiener Slawistischer Almanach Band 79 2017

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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Narrating the New Nation

South African Indian Writing

Jaspal K. Singh and Rajendra Chetty

The purpose of Narrating the New Nation is to engage with South African Indian writings through a critical examination of the oeuvre of key writers within a postcolonial theoretical framework. With the advent of democracy, South Africa has witnessed new writings which either reflected on apartheid with elements of restoration for past atrocities and centered around reflective nostalgia, or looked ahead with optimism and foregrounded new beginnings. The end of the interregnum in 1994 drove people to narrate the relationship between past, present and future, which revealed an exciting diversity and rituals of bourgeois lives or reflected upon disadvantaged and marginalized homes in townships, casbahs and ghettos. These innovative narratives attempt to conquer and spatialize different histories, while at the same time finding creative ways to assemble shattered fragments of memory. A critical question this study asks is whether South African literature continues to address themes of journey, exile, migration and identity within the major concern of place and displacement in apartheid and post-apartheid South African Indian writing, or whether the new writings foreground critical self-awareness as citizens of a democratic and neo-colonial nation-state. What analytical questions and concerns do new writings from the Global South address? This book of critical essays hopes to endorse social and cultural—race, class, gender, sexuality—analysis, problematize them, expand them, and in the end enrich South African literature. In so doing, the authors attempt to encourage a critical, creative and empowering space for a plurality of voices, minds and stories and hope to reveal how literature involves itself in the unfinished business of the collective in South African history and literature.