Detectives, Dystopias, and Poplit: Studies in Modern German Genre Fiction - Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture v. 153 (Hardback)Bruce B. Campbell (author), Alison Guenther Pal (author), Vibeke Rutzou Petersen (author)
Hardback 300 Pages / Published: 01/09/2014
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Some of the most exciting research and teaching in the field of German Studies is being done on "genre fiction," including detective fiction, science fiction, and what is often called "poplit," to name but a few. Such non-canonical literature has long been marginalized by the German tradition of Bildung and the disciplinary practice of German literary studies (Germanistik). Even today, when the examination of non-canonical texts is well established and uncontroversial in other academic contexts, such texts remain understudied in German. And yet, the trend toward "German Studies" and "cultural studies" approaches within the field has raised considerable interest in the analysis of genre fiction, resulting in both a great deal of new scholarship and a range of new courses. This first broad treatment of German genre fiction brings together innovative new scholarship, foregrounding themes of gender, environmentalism, and memory. It is an ideal companion to research and teaching. Written in accessible English, it speaks to a wide variety of disciplines beyond German Studies. Contributors: Bruce B. Campbell, Ray Canoy, Kerry Dunne, Sonja Fritzsche, Maureen O. Gallagher, Adam R. King, Molly Knight, Vibeke Rutzou Petersen, Evan Torner, and Ailsa Wallace. Bruce B. Campbell is Associate Professor of German Studies at the College of William and Mary. Alison Guenther-Pal is Assistant Professor of German and Film Studies at Lawrence University. Vibeke Rutzou Petersen is Professor Emerita of Women's Studies at Drake University.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 608 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
[T]his anthology capably argues for the inclusion of non-canonical texts in contemporary German Studies scholarship. [It] open[s] the door for future scholarly investigation of these primary texts and many others that have traditionally belonged to categories of Trivialliteratur or pulp ?ction. The editors and contributors succeeded in their aim to break with that tradition and to inaugurate a new one. MONATSHEFT [R]ich and diverse . . . highly recommended for researchers of genre ?ction, whether working in German Studies or beyond: quotations are provided in German and English, and [an] extensive bibliography[y] direct[s] readers to resources in both languages. Detectives, Dystopias and Poplit invites researchers in one area of genre ?ction to enrich their understanding of the ?eld by learning about others. Seeing how the di?erent genres of crime, science ?ction, and poplit have addressed shared themes such as history, identity, and politics proves to be highly illuminating. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW [Katharina Hall]
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