Literature, Ethics, Responsibility

Lehrstuhl für Anglistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft


This research project focuses on the specific role literature assumes in historical and contemporary ethical debates. Adopting a diachronic perspective, it studies the manifold ethical dilemmas caused by the individual's confrontation with the overwhelming changes in history, fate, morality, natural science and religion. The catalogue of topics analysed comprise 'theodicy', 'war', the 'Holocaust', and 'Responsibility in the Natural Sciences' and 'The Ethics of Survival'.

Assigned publications

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Freiburg, R. (2017). “Fighting Trauma”: Silencing the Past in Alan Scott Haft’s Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano. In Susana Onega, Constanza del Rio, Maite Escudero (Eds.), Traumatic Memory and the Ethical, Political and Transhistorical Functions of Literature (pp. 80-105). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Bayer, G., & Kobrynskyy, O. (Eds.) (2015). Holocaust Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: Images, Memory, and the Ethics of Representation. New York: Wallflower-Columbia University Press.
Bayer, G., & Kobrynskyy, O. (2015). Introduction: The Next Chapter in the History of Holocaust Cinema. In Kobrynskyy, Oleksandr; Bayer, Gerd (Eds.), Holocaust Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: Images, Memory, and the Ethics of Representation New York: Wallflower-Columbia UP.
Bayer, G. (2014). History, Dreams, and Shards: On Starting Over in Jenny Diski’s Then Again. In Marita Nadal and Mónica Calvo (Eds.), Trauma in Contemporary Literature: Narrative and Representation (pp. 88–99). New York: Routledge.
Freiburg, R. (2014). "I do remember terrible dark things, and loss, and noise": Historical Trauma and its Narrative Representation in Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture. In Susana Onega and Jean-Michel Ganteau (Eds.), Contemporary Trauma Narratives: Liminality and the Ethics of Form (pp. 70-86). New York; London: Routledge.
Broders, S. (2013). 'A Serpent to Sting You' - The Medical Practitioner Caught Between Curiosity and Monstrosity. Frankenstein, Jekyll, Moreau. In Lembert-Heidenreich Alexandra; Mildorf, Jarmila (Eds.), The writing cure: literature and medicine in context (pp. 55-76). Münster: Lit.
Freiburg, R. (2012). 'Old age isn't a battle, old age is a massacre': Altern als Trauma bei Philip Roth. In Freiburg Rudolf, Kretzschmar Dirk (Eds.), Alter(n) in Literatur und Kultur der Gegenwart (pp. 185-215). Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.
Müller, P. (2012). ‘The impediment that cannot say its name': Stammering and Trauma in Selected American and British Texts. Anglia, 130, 54-74.
Broders, S. (2011). Identitätskonstruktion und Ethik im Zweiten Weltkrieg: Die narrative Anerkennung der Erinnerung in Adam Thorpes The Rules of Perspective. In Schönleben, Mark; Kley, Antje (Eds.), Ethik - Anerkennung - Gerechtigkeit. Philosophische und gesellschaftliche Perspektiven. (pp. 253-269). München: Fink.
Modlinger, M., & Sonntag, P. (2011). Introduction: Other People's Pain: Narratives of Trauma and the Question of Ethics. In Modlinger Martin, Sonntag Philipp (Eds.), Other People's Pain: Narratives of Trauma and the Question of Ethics (pp. 1-18). Oxford u.a.: Lang.

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