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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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Faust und das Faustische. Ein abgeschlossenes Kapitel deutscher Ideologie?


Since its publication Goethe’s Faust has been interpreted at different times both through close readings as well as from different ideological perspectives. This chapter traces the stages of these interpretations, which have been significant milestones in the history of ideas in Germany and which were, till 1945, summed up as ‘Faustian’. After World War II the term ‘Faustian’ came to be negatively loaded. In recent years, however, this term is again being used freely, in an unself-conscious manner, without the baggage of the past. Drawing on recent developments, the article highlights that in future interpretations of Goethe’s Faust will also continue to be either close readings of the text or serve various ideological perspectives.

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