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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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CHANDRANI CHATTERJEE is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Savitri Phule Pune University. Her doctoral dissertation, published as a book in 2010, was titled Translation Reconsidered. She has published articles on topics ranging from comparative literature and translation studies to history of the book and Indian writing in English. Her areas of interest include Renaissance and Shakespeare studies, gender studies, comparative literature, translation studies, history of the book and critical theory.

JOCHEN GOLZ was previously a research assistant at the Institute for Classical Literature in Weimar. From 1990 to 1993 he was director for research and editions of German literature and from 1994 to 2007 he was director of the Goethe and Schiller archive in Weimar. He has also been the President of the Goethe Society, Weimar since 1999.

SEBASTIAN GRIESE completed his PhD at the Free University Berlin. He has taught German as a Foreign Language at Goethe Institutes in Manila, Mumbai and Paris. He was Visiting Scholar at the Department of German, University of Mumbai. His publications include Inszenierte Privatheit. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen literarischer Erinnerung (2009) and Nichtverstehen. Ein Selbstversuch in Indien (in press).

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