Professor Paul Armstrong, Professor Timothy Aubry, Professor Amy Blair, Dr. Dustin Breitenwischer, Prof. Dr. Christa Buschendorf, Hannah Wohl, Professor Wendy Griswold, Professor Amy Hungerford, Daniel Silliman, Prof. Dr. Jan Stievermann, Merve Emre, Winfried Fluck, Günter Leypoldt, Philipp Löffler
REAL - Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature, Volume 31 (2015)
Few scholars in literary studies would contest the notion that literature is a part of culture, or part of a society's cultural memory, but many are divided over the precise nature of the connection between literature and culture. In recent years, the rise of Cultural Studies has led to a situation in which literature is frequently used as documentary evidence of particular aspects of culture and cultural change. But the aesthetic dimensions of literary texts are often unduly neglected in Cultural Studies, and the connections between literature and cultural change have not been sufficiently examined. That literature is a factor that contributes to cultural change – either internal, due to the dynamics of culture as a system of signification, or external, due to the manifold contacts with other cultures – is hardly in need of additional demonstration. What is less clear and deserves more attention, however, is its particular role in motivating, instigating or hindering cultural change, and the influence of cultural change on the evolution of literature.
To what extent – if at all – is literature a self-determining, autonomous subsystem of culture, and what are the historical factors that, at least in the West, have enabled literature to become a form of communication in which, as Jacques Derrida pointed out, it is possible “in principle to say everything” and thus to transgress the limits of culture? To what extent and by which means and strategies can literature, due to this extraordinary licence and empowering, act as an agent of cultural change?
|Herausgeber||Winfried Fluck, Günter Leypoldt, Philipp Löffler|
|Autor||Professor Paul Armstrong, Professor Timothy Aubry, Professor Amy Blair, Dr. Dustin Breitenwischer, Prof. Dr. Christa Buschendorf, Hannah Wohl, Professor Wendy Griswold, Professor Amy Hungerford, Daniel Silliman, Prof. Dr. Jan Stievermann, Merve Emre|