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Cultural Contexts and Literary Forms

Essays on Genre

Edited By Goethe Society of India, Chitra Harshvardhan, Rekha Rajan and Madhu Sahni

Genres mutate, disappear, travel through translation and sometimes re-emerge. Traditionally viewed as a classificatory device, the idea of genre has been challenged by anti-genre theoreticians who question the possibility of reading texts merely through a typological framework. The essays in this volume contribute to a transcultural poetics through an engagement with genre, viewing it as neither normative nor inflexible. They investigate historically established genres; genres that transgress conventions as they move between different art forms and cultures; and genres that, whilst seeming to respond to reader expectations, expand and create new communicative spaces. The volume includes not only theoretical considerations of the boundaries and scope of genre but also case studies of science fiction, poetry, aphorism, immigrant writing, filmic adaptation and the role of translation in genre.
This volume is the 2015 Yearbook of the Goethe Society of India.
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Judhajit Sarkar - To read or not to read generically: Notes towards some comparative possibilities


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To read or not to read generically: Notes towards some comparative possibilities


‚Genology‘ ist seit langem eine der meist diskutierten Komponenten in der methodologischen Triade der vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft. (Die beiden anderen Komponenten sind Thematologie und Geschichtsschreibung.) Nur indem sie das dialektische Verhältnis dieser drei Komponenten in der Produktion und Rezeption von Texten über Medien, Sprachen und kulturelle Systeme hinaus versteht, kann die vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft den Anspruch erheben, den ‚Atomismus‘ (Claudio Guillen) in der Betrachtung textueller Phänomene zu transzendieren. Die vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft schlägt vor, Genre als eine Methode zum Verständnis textueller Phänomene zu benutzen, da diese selber durch den ‚Erwartungshorizont‘ der Leser/Zuschauer geprägt werden und dadurch Kommunikation ermöglicht wird.

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