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)

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REAL invites contributions on the relationship between literature and cultural change. The study of culture has to face the difficulty of not being able to observe its object directly. Its only access is via cultural phenomena as observable products of human activity: artefacts, texts, rites, symbols, forms of conduct. If scholars wish to study cultural change, they need to do so by investigating the changing relationships among these phenomena, the changing connections between social structures, mentalities and the material dimension of texts, artefacts and other objects. While some scholars have rejected the concept of culture because of this indirectness, others – from Malinowski to Luhmann – have attempted to make it theoretically more precise and historically more saturated. Societies change as well as cultures, but they are not the same and they evolve at different speeds.
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REAL invites contributions on the relationship between literature and cultural change. The study of culture has to face the difficulty of not being able to observe its object directly. Its only access is via cultural phenomena as observable products of human activity: artefacts, texts, rites, symbols, forms of conduct. If scholars wish to study cultural change, they need to do so by investigating the changing relationships among these phenomena, the changing connections between social structures, mentalities and the material dimension of texts, artefacts and other objects. While some scholars have rejected the concept of culture because of this indirectness, others – from Malinowski to Luhmann – have attempted to make it theoretically more precise and historically more saturated. Societies change as well as cultures, but they are not the same and they evolve at different speeds.
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?

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ISBN 978-3-8233-4186-4
EAN 9783823341864
Bibliographie 1. Auflage
Seiten 237
Format gebunden
Höhe 230
Breite 150
Ausgabename 14186
Verlag Gunter Narr Verlag
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
Erscheinungsdatum 09.12.2015
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