Literatures - Cultures of Knowledge - Processes of Transfer

Philosophische Fakultät und Fachbereich Theologie

FAU Contact:
Niefanger, Dirk Prof. Dr.
Feldmann, Doris Prof. Dr.
Fischer, Robert Dr.


Based on philological and cultural historical expertise, research in this context funnels the faculty’s literary studies scholarship in order to examine questions concerning the history of knowledge and ideas, as well as to engage in comparative perspectives. Two key aspects will form the main focus: on the one hand, scholars will investigate the relations between literature and knowledge (for instance regarding the natural sciences, knowledge of the future, medical discourses, or religion); on the other hand, research in this field will also deal with cultures of mediation (i.e. explicit and tacit knowledge, school education, editions, electronical media, etc.). Several questions guide both key aspects: questions regarding the transfer between literatures and cultures of differing languages, different cultural milieus and discourses; and, also, questions concerning contexts within the history of ideas, educational institutions and university disciplines, as well as competing or mutually inspiring forms of art. A particular emphasis is placed on the materiality of literature and its media.

Assigned publications

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Kragl, F. (2019). Gottfrieds Ironie. Sieben Kapitel über figurenpsychologischen Realismus im 'Tristan'. Mit einem Nachspruch zum 'Rosenkavalier'. Berlin: Schwabe.
Sestu, T. (2018). Lesarten der Gigantomachie. Der Pergamonaltar und Peter Weiss’ Ekphrasis in der Ästhetik des Widerstands. In Joanna Godlewicz-Adamiec, Tomasz Szybisty (Eds.), Literatura a rzeźba/ Literatur und Skulptur. (pp. 301-314). Krakau: imedius.
Kley, A. (2018). Literature and Knowledge: An Introduction. In Antje Kley, und Kai Merten (Eds.), Literature and Knowledge. Frankfurt/M.: Lang.
Kley, A., & Höpker, K. (2018). Unruly Creatures, Obstinate Things – Bio-Objects and Scientific Knowledge Production in Contemporary Science Novels. In Sina Farzin, Roslynn Haynes, Susan M. Gaines (Eds.), Under the Literary Microscope: New Perspectives on Science in Society from Contemporary Fiction. University Park, PA: Penn State UP.
Kley, A. (2018). US Print Culture, Literary Narrative, and Slow Reading in the Age of Big Data: Steve Tomasula’s VAS – An Opera in Flatland. In Heike Schaefer and Alexander Starre (Eds.), Medium, Object, Metaphor: The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture..
Kley, A., & Höpker, K. (2017). Beyond the Laboratory: Biotechnology and Literary Knowledge Production in Contemporary Science Novels. Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht, XLVIII, 3 (2015), 195-212.
Illi, M. (2017). Eine kleine Debatte zur adäquaten Darstellung naturwissenschaftlichen Wissens um 1800: Gehler’s Physikalisches Wörterbuch (1787–1795) und Goethes Zur Farbenlehre (1810). In Lubkoll, Christine; Freiburg, Rudolf; Neumeyer, Harald (Eds.), Zwischen Literatur und Naturwissenschaft Debatten – Probleme – Visionen 1680–1820. (pp. 166-188). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.
Weber, A. (2017). Episierung im Drama. Ein Beitrag zur transgenerischen Narratologie. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter.
Schulenberg, U. (2017). From Finding to Making: Jacques Rancière, Richard Rorty, and the Antifoundationalist Story of Progress. Culture, Theory and Critique, 58(3), 275-293.
Illi, M. (2017). Inside out – outside in. Religiöse Sondergemeinschaften in der Gegenwartsliteratur. In Hiergeist, Teresa (Eds.), Parallel- und Alternativgesellschaften in der Gegenwartsliteratur. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.

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