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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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Andreas Wiebel - Entwicklungen der Gegenwartslyrik. Zum Beispiel Filzstiftpoesie


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Entwicklungen der Gegenwartslyrik. Zum Beispiel Filzstiftpoesie


The current status of poetry in Germany is briefly highlighted in the first section of this article. The novel-oriented book market makes survival difficult for poets. Nevertheless, poetry is still alive and in certain milieus highly appreciated. Since poetry is changing rapidly today, there are multiple trends and movements emerging. One of the latest developments is the so-called Filzstiftpoesie. The second section of the article primarily engages with the following questions: What is Filzstiftpoesie? What are the inherent qualities of Filzstiftpoesie? What possible progressive meaning and content could Filzstiftpoesie be associated with? The third section discusses a few concepts of Theodor W. Adorno on poetry and building on that, draws a parallel between Filzstiftpoesie and Zwölftonmusik [twelve-tone music].

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