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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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Kamakshi P. Murti - Germany and its Muslim immigrant: The dissembling function of taxonomy


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Germany and its Muslim immigrant: The dissembling function of taxonomy


Als der schwedische Naturalist Linnaeus sein Systema Naturae entwarf, um die evolutionäre Hierarchie zu erklären, preisten es seine Zeitgenossen als eine unanfechtbare wissenschaftliche Methode, um Begründungsgeschichten einzurahmen. Im 19. Jahrhundert verstärkte Darwins Evolutionstheorie weiterhin das, welches die Kulturkritikerin’ Judith Butler als grievable and ungrievable [trauerbare und nicht trauerbare] Menschen charakterisiert. Wie die afrikanische Science-Fiction-Schriftstellerin Octavia Butler bemerkt, verlässt sich ein solches System auf die Kolonialreisen des 18. Jahrhunderts, und auf Versuche, den Mythos von ‚europäischer Überlegenheit‘ zu normalisieren, indem männliche, europäische Autorität und Wissen in die Mitte gerückt werden.

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