From a diachronic point of view, two linguistic contributions deal with grammaticalization and iconicity and with metaphorical aspects of compounding. The other two linguistic papers are related to the present. One offers a critique of perceptual dialectology and the other is concerned with recent developments in computer cartography. The contributions in the domains of literary and cultural studies demonstrate the wide extension of the field of enquiry and of current methods. Historically, they reach from the Old English period to the present day, and systematically, from new approaches in the interpretation of particular works through overviews over the regional validity of modes of literary aesthetics to recent innovations in literary theory and narratology.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2006. VIII, 219 pp., 8 fig., num. tables
Contents: Yasmine Gooneratne: ‘Truth’ and ‘Fiction’ in South Asian Literature – Olga Fischer: Grammaticalization and
Iconicity: Two Interacting Processes – Ruta Nagucka: Metaphorical Aspects of Compounding in Old English – Katie Wales: Dialects
in Mental Contact: A Critique of Perceptual Dialectology – Heinrich Ramisch/Wolfgang Viereck: Recent Developments in Computer
Cartography – Liliane Gallet-Blanchard/Marie-Madeleine Martinet: Hypermedia and Urban Culture: A Presentation on the CD-ROM
«Georgian Cities» – Therese Fischer-Seidel: Review: «Georgian Cities», CD-ROM – Tom Shippey: Review of Michael Alexander,
«Beowulf: A Verse Translation» – Graham Parry: The Anglican Counter-Reformation – Sabine Volk-Birke: Milton, Handel, and Samson’s
Fall. Changing Concepts of Tragedy and Heroism – Manfred Malzahn: Scottish Literary Aesthetics – William V. Davis: «Bruised
by God»: Charles Wright’s Apocalyptic Pilgrimages – Ansgar Nünning: Narratology and Cultural History: Tensions, Points of
Contact, New Areas of Research – Frédéric Regard: Joining Critical Theory and Ethical Theory: Pragmatics and the Question
of the Author – Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan: Narrative as Paradigm in the Interface Between Literature and Psychoanalysis – Ronald
Shusterman: Theory as Solidarity: The Ethical Dimension of Fictional and Theoretical Reading.