This project gathers together a series of publications on contemporary writing in German-speaking Europe. Collectively, they enhance existing theories of authorship by reflecting on the impact of the media and media constructions on writer's views of themselves and on the aesthetic nature and social function of their writing. They present German cultural output within the globalized world of the media and literary celebrity, and reflect on the interconnections between the regional and the global literary market place.
This monograph project examines the potential of narrative fiction to challenge the limits or ‘reason’ – that is, of classical logic – by presenting us with paradoxical structures. While philosophers did not substantially question the validity of the Aristotelian principle of non-contradiction until the 20th century, fiction has been much more daring from Cervantes on in inviting us to think differently, Today, some logicians give reason to fiction, which turns out to provide access to a way of thinking we had never thought was possible and valid.
There have been many forms of cultural resistance to right-wing populism in Austria. When Jörg Haider's 'liberal' party formed part of a coalition government in 2000, the EU reacted with sanctions. This study looks at the novels, films, plays, etc. that followed.
This project takes a comparative view of recent contrasting cultural vehicles for socio-political protest: first, the recent phenomenon of ‘pop-feminism’ and pop-feminist writing across the United States, Britain, and Germany. A complex contemporary feminist discourse exploring the question of how women go about establishing selfhood and agency in a postfeminist neoliberal climate, pop-feminism is finding expression in popular feminist guides, as well as in complex autofictions and literary blogging online. The project also investigates performance poetry as a contemporary ‘world literary’ phenomenon and its potential for modelling future possibilities in literary led creative practices and their ability to address pressing social issues.