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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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It is indeed a great pleasure to present to you the Goethe Society of India’s Yearbook 2015. The Yearbook mostly contains the research papers presented at the conference Comparatism and the Idea/Function of Genre at the University of Pune in 2014. The conference was organized in collaboration with the German Section of the University of Pune and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to commemorate 100 years of German Teaching at the University of Pune and Mumbai. The Goethe Society of India was happy to be associated with this event. The presence of two of the founding members of the Goethe Society of India, Anil Bhatti and Pramod Talgeri was indeed very gratifying. Equally encouraging was the presence and participation in the proceedings of two well-known Goethe scholars, Jochen Golz (President of the Goethe Society in Weimar) and Manfred Osten (former Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation). The membership of the Goethe Society of India has been steadily increasing and due to the active participation and constant support of our members, it has been possible for us to regularly publish our Yearbook. Special mention needs to be made of the Goethe Society of India’s Vice-President, Shaswati Mazumdar, and Secretary, Madhu Sahni, for their commitment and effort in making this publication a reality.

The activities of the Goethe Society of India extended into a new area this year in that, for the first time, we instituted a translation competition for translating short texts, poems and...

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