Edited By E.W.B. Hess-Lüttich, Anita Czeglédy, Edit Kovács and Petra Szatmári
Plural, polyphon, postkolonial? Theoretische Beschreibungs- und Interpretationsmodelle der Schweizer Literatur nach der Jahrtausendwende
Eszter Pabis (Universität Debrecen)
Plural, polyphon, postkolonial?
Theoretische Beschreibungs- und Interpretationsmodelle der Schweizer Literatur nach der Jahrtausendwende1
After the millennium, new theoretical descriptive and interpretative models of Swiss literature has been developed that no longer recourse to a substantialistic notion of nation or national literature, but rather focus on the relationship between cultural and aesthetic phenomena of identity and alterity. One of these new, recurring topoi in the academic discourse on Swiss literature is emphasizing its plurality, referring not only to the diversity of literatures in all four national languages but also to the multiplication and diversification of identities and memories in general. Secondly, recent publications on colonial and postcolonial Switzerland argue that even nations without former colonies shared colonial discourses and were involved in colonial practices, therefore postcolonial theory proves useful in analysing the hybridity of Swiss literature and culture. Thirdly, recent research on polyphonic literature interprets a basic notion of postcolonial literature, hybridity, as a general linguistic and cultural mode of existence and calls for the analysis of (Swiss) literary texts, in which linguistic polyphony has not merely an illustrative function, but also significance in the narrative structure. The present article aims to discuss these approaches and to asses their suitability as descriptive and interpretative models of Swiss literature.
Nach der Jahrtausendwende wurden neue theoretische Beschreibungs- und Interpretationsmodelle der Schweizer Literatur erarbeitet, die nicht mehr substantialistisch auf Kategorien der Nation und ihrer Literatur rekurrieren, sondern vielmehr auf den Zusammenhang...
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