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Stimme, Kultur, Identität: Vokaler Ausdruck in der populären Musik der USA, 1900-1960

Edited by Katrin Horn, Martin Pfleiderer, Tilo Hähnel, and Christian Bielefeldt

Bielefeld: transcript, 2015, 518 pp.stimme-kultur-identitat

ISBN 978-3-8394-3086-6 ; EUR 36,99

Dieses Buch widmet sich den Stimmen und Gesangsweisen in der populären Musik der USA. Am Beispiel von Sängerinnen und Sängern aus den Bereichen Vaudeville, Gospel, Blues, American Popular Song, Musical, Jazz, Country, Folk, Rhythm & Blues, Rock’n’Roll und Soul beschreiben die Beiträge detailliert, wie vokale Ausdrucksmittel einander über Genregrenzen hinweg beeinflusst haben und wie sich in ihnen Images, kulturelle Stereotypen und kollektive Identitäten spiegeln.
Die Verknüpfung von musikanalytischen mit kulturwissenschaftlichen Forschungsansätzen gibt neue Impulse für die Auseinandersetzung mit populärer Musik und populärem Gesang.

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Rural America

Edited by Antje Kley and Heike Paul

Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2015, 510 pp.
ISBN 978-3-8253-6383-3 ; EUR 70

Rural_America“The United States was born in the country”, Richard Hofstadter once wrote, “and remained emotionally attached to it long after it had moved away”, David B. Danbom added in his ‘History of Rural America’. Thus it may be argued that the study of American culture and civilization, first and foremost, needs to make sense of the rural. This multidisciplinary volume focuses on rural America, on areas seemingly apart from the political, economic, and cultural centers of the nation. Despite this apparent marginality, the rural often proves to be constitutive not only of regional but also of other subnational and even national American identities. Putting rurality at the center thus problematizes the well-established dichotomous models of city vs. country. The contributors to this volume address the rural as a mythic construction (e.g. as the American “Heartland” and as the centerpiece of a US pastoral tradition), as a (socio-)economic sector, as an imaginary time-space within American culture, and as the site of specific political, social, and cultural practices with, at times, transnational/global implications. The various perspectives on rural America are drawn from the fields of history, sociology, cultural studies, literary studies, environmental studies, and journalism.
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Ideas of Order: Narrative Patterns in the Novels of Richard Powers

Edited by Antje Kley and Jan D. Kucharzewski

Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2012, 316 pp.
ISBN: 978-3-8253-6081-8 ; EUR 42

Kley_Ideas of OrderInvestigating the distinct poetics of Richard Powers’ writing, this volume demonstrates that the author’s complex body of fictional work warrants much more focused and systematic critical attention than it has received so far. The essays explore how Powers’ work oscillates between the poles of realism and metafictional postmodernism, creating narratives in which the conventions of realism are both deployed and undermined, in which characters are simultaneously presented as motivated agents and as textual constructs. By conceptualizing Powers’ novels as texts in which order is both a central and a consciously fictional idea, the essays collected in this volume discuss how Powers’ densely structured fictions indicate the potential of a concrete relation between life and literature that manifests itself in an inherently narrative vision of human consciousness.
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No Maps for These Territories: Cities, Spaces, and Archeologies of the Future in William Gibson

Karin Höpker

Amsterdam/New York, NY: Rodopi, 2011, 254 pp.
ISBN: 978-90-420-3353-5 ; EUR 50/USD 68

Höpker_No MapsNo Maps for These Territories offers an archaeology of seemingly tried and trusted concepts: cartography, architecture, urban space. While rethinking Michel Foucault’s theories, Karin Hoepker reconstructs the cartographic dispositives of spatial order. The futuristic fictional cityscapes of science fiction writer William Gibson are the touchstone for this epistemological analysis and typology of spatial formations. In seven probing chapters that focus on architectural blueprints, forms of inhabitation, Wunderkammern, and economic formations of retail, consumption, and entertainment such as shopping malls, amusement parks, and gambling meccas, Hoepker investigates a set of exemplary phenomena crucial to the fields of architecture, geography, philosophy, cartography, history of science, literary studies, and the arts. No Maps for These Territories thus offers close readings of fictional, philosophical, and theoretical texts, and examines instructive examples of the workings of spatial production. In a form of contrastive writing, the monograph sheds critical light on theoretical and fictional texts equally.
The book is a revised version of the author’s doctoral dissertation in American Studies at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, in the context of the German Federal Research Fund’s specialized doctoral program “Cultural Hermeneutics: Reflections on Difference and Transdifference.”
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Ethik – Anerkennung – Gerechtigkeit: Philosophische, literarische und gesellschaftliche Perspektiven

Edited by Antje Kley, Alexandra Böhm, and Mark Schönleben

Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2011, 422 pp.
ISBN: 978-3-7705-5053-1 ; EUR 49.90

Kley_Ethik - Anerkennung - GerechtigkeitSeit den 1990er Jahren zeigt sich im politisch-gesellschaftlichen und im ästhetisch-kulturellen Feld eine Hinwendung zu ethischen Fragestellungen und Themenfeldern, die unter dem Schlagwort des ethical turn kontrovers diskutiert werden. Die hier versammelten philosophischen, literaturwissenschaftlichen und soziologischen Analysen konkretisieren Leitlinien dieser interdisziplinären Diskussion unter Rückgriff auf kulturwissenschaftliche und poststrukturalistische Theorien. Die Beiträge thematisieren die Konstitution von Subjekten und Gemeinschaften, das Verhältnis von Erinnerung und Gerechtigkeit, sowie Formen gelingender oder verweigerter Anerkennung. Dabei steht im Fokus, wie mediale und narrative Repräsentationen Prozesse der Normbildung reflektieren sowie sozialphilosophische Positionen zu Individualethik und sozialer Gerechtigkeit ergänzen bzw. transformieren.
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Ethik medialer Repräsentation im britischen und US-amerikanischen Roman, 1741 – 2000

Antje Kley

Heidelberg: Winter, 2009, 521 pp.
ISBN: 978-8253-5438-1 ; EUR 48

Kley_MedienethikIn the Western world, successive modernization syndromes (S.J. Schmidt) and the related experience of transcendental homelessness have, since the 18th century, turned ethical questions into an object of public debate. Within this context, novels have been engaged in constituting and critiquing the concepts of individual autonomy and responsibility which are central to the modern discourse of ethics. Starting from this assumption, this transatlantic study draws on media history and the ethical turn in order to demonstrate how the practice of narration in modern British and US-American novels recurrently assumes the ethical function of confronting and familiarizing readers with increasingly media-contingent modes of perception and evaluation. This happens, as exemplary studies of selected novels by Richardson, Brown, Hawthorne, Eliot, Thorpe und Powers demonstrate, in thematic and formal reflections on the media, which have been addressing printing technology since the mid 18th century, the industrialization of visual culture since the mid 19th century, and the digital integration of the media since the late 20th century.
The monograph is based on the author’s habilitation thesis which was written and examined at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany.
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