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Literature - Narrativity - Discourse

The study group "Literature - Narrativity - Discourse" brings together doctoral candidates, postdocs and principal investigators from Slavic Studies, General and Comparative Literature Studies as well as Historical Studies. The meetings focus on exploring literary discourses and textual practices of Eastern, Central and Southeastern European authors from the beginning of the 20th century to present day.

The study group examines specific narratives and the different levels of meaning generated by them in a transnational and interdisciplinary comparative perspective. It also discusses the historical and cultural backgrounds for the development, reception and impact of texts. The range of topics from current projects includes questions on political narratives and poetics in historical transitional periods, on transformations within cultures of remembrance, on figurations of hybrids in transcultural contexts of migration, on the (de)construction of historical, cultural and national identity attributions, on experiences of otherness and contingency as well as on the imaginations and perceptions of (culture) space.

While being dedicated to literary texts, cultural theoretical texts as well as the cultural and historical dynamics within various discourses of knowledge, the study group also examines the relation between literature and other arts and media. These should, among other things, further serve discussions on the peculiarities of narratives creating meaning and the epistemological function of literature as well as discussions on both the possibilities and limitations of literary science itself, thus sharpening students’ own methods and concepts. Narrativity is a key category for the study group’s work on the analysis of history and stories in the field of tension between fiction and factuality.

Group leaders:

Members and projects:

  • Frances Jackson, M.A.
    "Zůstali věrni?" Narrativierung(en) der nationalen Gefährdung
  • Marina Klyshko, M.A.
    Das politische Imaginäre eurasischer Fiktionsräume: China im postsowjetischen Diskurs Russlands
  • Slata Kozakova, M.A.
    Der einsame Mann, die einsame Frau. Die Krise der Geschlechter in der russischen Literatur der 2. Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts
  • Frederik Lange, M.A.
    Der Fluss unter der Brücke. Die Drina als ambivalenter Erinnerungsort
  • Dr. Anna-Dorothea Ludewig
    "Die jüdische Frau" – Verhandlungen von Weiblichkeit und Judentum in der kulturzionistischen Literatur und Publizistik
  • Mara Matičević, M.A.
    Grenzenloses Erzählen. Narrative Konstruktionen migratorischer Subjekte in den Literaturen der Gegenwart
  • Jeremias Schmidt, M.A.
    Kriegserfahrungen bayerischer Soldaten an der Ostfront des Ersten Weltkrieges, 1915-1918
  • Emanuel Tatu, M.A.
    "Erfahrung" und "Wahrnehmung" in der Prosa rumänisch-jüdischer Autoren der Zwischenkriegszeit (ca. 1920-1940). Ion Călugăru, Ury Benador, Max Blecher
  • Philipp Tvrdinić, M.A.
    Stanislaw Lem und die Kybernetik
  • Kai Johann Willms, M.A.
    Historiker als Mittler des Kulturtransfers. Polnische Historiographie im amerikanischen Exil, 1939-1989

Former members and projects:

  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Strätling (since 04/2018 at Universität Potsdam)
  • Annelie Bachmaier, M.A.
    Agents of Cultural Transfer. Polish Émigré Scholars in the Development of Eastern European Studies in the United States, 1939–1989
  • Alice Buzdugan, M.A.
    Urban literature of the interwar period in Romania between national propaganda and cultural philosophy
  • Jana Kantoříková, M.A.
    The work of Miloš Martens and the question of intertextuality
  • Dr. Nina Weller
    The Past of the Present. Representations of History, Fiction and Remembrance in the Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian Culture