Award for staff publication: “Constructing a German Diaspora”

Aston Reader in German Dr Stefan Manz’s book on German emigration has been named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2015. The book has been reviewed in a number of highly regarded academic journals as being ‘a very significant contribution to the field of breathtaking scope’, ‘essential’, ‘a model of historical scholarship’, ‘pioneering’, ‘innovative’, ‘unique’, ‘fascinating’, and ‘important.

From the publisher:

“This book takes on a global perspective to unravel the complex relationship between Imperial Germany and its diaspora. Around 1900, German-speakers living abroad were tied into global power-political aspirations. They were represented as outposts of a “Greater German Empire” whose ethnic links had to be preserved for their own and the fatherland’s benefits. Did these ideas fall on fertile ground abroad? In the light of extreme social, political, and religious heterogeneity, diaspora construction did not redeem the all-encompassing fantasies of its engineers. But it certainly was at work, as nationalism “went global” in many German ethnic communities. Three thematic areas are taken as examples to illustrate the emergence of globally operating organizations and communication flows: Politics and the navy issue, Protestantism, and German schools abroad as “bulwarks of language preservation.” The public negotiation of these issues is explored for localities as diverse as Shanghai, Cape Town, Blumenau in Brazil, Melbourne, Glasgow, the Upper Midwest in the United States, and the Volga Basin in Russia. The mobilisation of ethno-national diasporas is also a feature of modern-day globalization. The theoretical ramifications analysed in the book are as poignant today as they were for the nineteenth century.”

Latest publications by Aston scholars

The following publications authored or co-edited by Uwe Schütte are now available:

 

Die Gegenwart erzählenFleming, Paul / Schütte, Uwe (eds) (2014). Die Gegenwart erzählen. Ulrich Peltzer und die Ästhetik des Politischen. transcript.

Ulrich Peltzer ist einer der profiliertesten und markantesten Autoren der Gegenwartsliteratur. Seine vielgelobten Romane liefern präzise Porträts einer zersplitterten Gegenwart im Kontext urbaner Räume. Mit einer Poetik radikaler Gegenwärtigkeit, die den Verästelungen post-fordistischer Prozesse im Bewusstsein der Romanfiguren nachgeht, registriert Peltzers Literatur sensibel soziale, politische und kulturelle Entwicklungen. Dieser Materialienband mit Einzelstudien internationaler Beiträger/-innen verschafft einen umfassenden Überblick über Ulrich Peltzers Werk. Ein aufschlussreiches Interview sowie eine ausführliche Bibliografie runden die Gesamtdarstellung ab.

 

 

InterventionenSchütte, Uwe (2014). Interventionen. Literaturkritik als Widerspruch bei W. G. Sebald. edition text+kritik.

G. Sebald ist einer der anerkanntesten und zugleich umstrittensten Schriftsteller der deutschen Literatur des späten 20. Jahrhunderts. Sein vielgerühmtes literarisches Werk ruht auf einem Fundament, das größtenteils kaum bekannt ist, nämlich die im Verlauf von rund 30 Jahren entstandenen kritischen Schriften. “Interventionen” bietet erstmals einen so tiefschürfenden wie umfassenden Überblick über die Literaturkritik Sebalds unter Einbezug zuvor unveröffentlichter Archivdokumente.

Uwe Schütte legt anschaulich dar, wie sich Sebalds eigenwillige Literaturkritik – von der Magisterarbeit über Carl Sternheim bis zum polemischen Essay “Luftkrieg und Literatur” – entwickelt hat. Seine Studie skizziert damit die intellektuelle Biografie des vom Allgäu in die Provinz East Anglias entlaufenen Germanisten. Vor allem aber zeichnet “Interventionen” nach, wie Sebald im kritischen Widerspruch zu Germanistik und deutscher Nachkriegsliteratur selbst zum Schriftsteller wurde.

 

Uwe has also co-edited a volume on German author Klaus Böldl with Aston Senior Lecturer Claudia Gremler (see earlier blog post)

Gremler, Claudia / Schütte, Uwe (eds) (2014). Raumerkundungen. Der Erzähler Klaus Böldl. Königshausen und Neumann.

 

Aston scholars publish first volume of literary criticism on Klaus Böldl’s works

 

Last year, Aston’s School of Languages and Social Sciences hosted novelist Klaus Böldl as Writer in Residence. During his stay, the author  presented his works to a variety of audiences and discussed his writings with Aston academics.

One year on, German at Aston is pleased to announce the publication of the first scholarly volume on Böldl’s works, edited by Aston lecturers Dr Claudia Gremler and Dr Uwe Schütte.

 

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Publication of Figurationen. Zum lyrischen Werk von W. G. Sebald

FigurationenAston Reader in German Uwe Schütte recently published his latest book Figurationen. Zum lyrischen Werk von W. G. Sebald.

 

W. G. Sebald is today considered as one of the most import literary voices of the late 20th century. While his celebrated prose works have received a great deal of attention, his little-known poetry was much neglected. This regrettable state of affairs has now been rectified by Uwe Schütte.

 

His study Figurationen looks at the entirety of the author’s poetical oeuvre: Sebald’s first poems were published in 1964 but he kept writing poetry over the next 40 years, up to his untimely death in 2001. The vast majority of poems were published only posthumously and Figurationen also features unknown poetry from the Sebald archive.  While some poems are complementary to narrative texts, Schütte can demonstrate that the poetical body of texts  demands attention in its own right.

 

 

Further details and an extract of the book can be found here:

 

http://www.amazon.de/Figurationen-Zum-lyrischen-Werk-Sebald/dp/386142584X/r

 

 

 

Publication of Unterwelten – Zu Leben und Werk von Gerhard Roth

Our colleague Uwe Schütte has just published Unterwelten – Zu Leben und Werk von Gerhard Roth, a general introduction to the Austrian author Gerhard Roth who is well-known for being actively engaged in political debates.

Gerhard Roth’s literary works are primarily concerned with the fight against neglecting historical responsibility. Hence they can be read as an alternative to official historical interpretations. His work is a multilayered oeuvre that gives a voice to the persecuted, forgotten and alienated.

Unterwelten – Zu Leben und Werk von Gerhard Roth offers insights into the author’s work and demonstrates its role as an artistic tracing of the dark past. Uwe Schütte is an established expert on Gerhard Roth ever since his PhD thesis Auf der Spur der Vergessenenen – Gerhard Roth und seine Archive des Schweigens was published in 1997.

You can find more details on the book here:

http://www.residenzverlag.at/?m=30&o=2&search_titles=unterwelten&id_title=1635

A public launch of the book will take place on 15 January 2014 in the Vienna City Hall.

German Reasearch at Aston

The summer  provides us with time to relax and reflect on the events of the past academic year – but it is also a good time for research. Here are some examples of recent publications by German at Aston staff:

Claudia Gremler:

“Utopien, Epiphanien und Melancholie : Der Norden als Erfahrungs- und Imaginationsraum in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur.” IN: Martin Huber et.al. (ed), Literarische Räume. Berlin: Akademie Verlag 2012.

“‘Warum bleiben wir eigentlich nicht immer hier?’ Schweden als Projektionsraum für deutsche Sehnsüchte in Kurt Tucholskys ‘Schloß Gripsholm’ und seinen beiden Verfilmungen”. Text und Kontext, 33 (2011) , pp. 21-47. (Full text available here.)

Stefan Manz:

“Intercultural transfer and artistic innovation: German musicians in Victorian Britain.” German Life and Letters, 65,2 (2012), pp. 161-180.

“Expellees, counterfactualism and potatoes : enlargement and cross-national debates in German-Polish relations.” IN: Ljiljana Šarić et.al. (ed.),  Contesting Europe’s Eastern Rim. Bristol: Multilingual Matters 2010.

Gertrud Reershemius:

“Research cultures and the pragmatic functions of humor in academic research presentations: a corpus-assisted analysis.” Journal of Pragmatics, 44, 6-7 (2012), pp. 863-875.

“Reconstructing the past? Low german and the creating of regional identity in public language display.” Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 32, 1 (2011), pp. 33-54.

Uwe Schütte:

“Gegen die Welt wie sie ist. Versuch über Thomas Bernhard als Realist.” Manuskripte, 93 (2011), pp. 150-157. (Full text available here.)

Arbeit an der Differenz. Zum Eigensinn von Heiner Müllers Prosa.  Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter. (Introduction available here.)

German Research at Aston University

Aston's German Section

If you wonder what German staff at Aston get up to when there is no teaching and no marking to be done, then take a look at the section’s impressive research output. All our publications are listed in Aston’s research repository and many can be even be downloaded for free!

One of Aston’s (and German at Aston’s) key research areas is language education research and we are proud that CLERA, the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston, is thriving following its successful launch last year – and has now started its own blog and twitter feed. So why not head over to see what’s new in the world of classroom research!

Currently one of CLERA’s German projects investigates the topic of teaching content courses in the target language (one of Aston’s specialities) and the Centre’s first conference is dedicated to Transition in Languages and will take place in July.