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Fictionalizing the World

Rethinking the Politics of Literature

Louisa Söllner and Anita Vržina

The book offers ten essays which explore the interaction between literature and politics. The authors investigate a variety of genres including young-adult fiction, national poetry, novels, autobiography, and performance art from different time periods ranging from the 18 th up to the 21 st century from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Grouped in three sections, the essays focus on the relationship between fiction and identity; the creation of spaces of/in fiction; and the interplay of irony and fiction. They reveal that fiction has a fundamental potential not only to react to but also to affect and shape the world. This offers a possibility to negotiate and re-imagine the ways in which we perceive the world and position ourselves within it.
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Restaging the Colonial Encounter: Exhibition Culture and Practices of Fictionalization

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This essay explores a scenario from Herman Melville’s novel Typee (1843, 1892) and compares it to Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s performance Two Undiscovered Amerindians visit the West (1992). Both texts can be understood as comments on the history of exhibition practices, inviting readings from a postcolonial perspective.

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