Cultural Studies

Monika Tokarzewska: The dialogism of the metaphor (in German)

Jan 8th, 2015 | By

The terms „Gemeinschaft“ and „Gesellschaft“ have played a key role in German sociology ever since Ferdinand Tönnies published his groundbreaking monograph with both of them in its title. But what is the meaning of these concepts outside of the German-speaking world? What difficulties are there for a translator to overcome when transferring both terms into

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Vladimir Biti: Victim narratives as founding myths (in German)

Jan 8th, 2015 | By

(in German language)
Victim narratives are inherent components of many founding myths. By playing the role as catalysts of solidarity and unity of human communities they have an important function in the process of collective, especially national, identity formation. How do they fulfil their cultural function in literature? How do they change a given historical reality

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The dialogic image of the Other

Oct 31st, 2013 | By

An objective judgment of a foreign culture seems impossible. Nonetheless, humanities scholars keep calling on us to overcome “Eurocentrism” and “Orientalism”. In most cases, however, this leads solely to the observation of how deeply Europeans have internalised this attitude. An equal dialogue between the cultures of the West and the East therefore hardly seems achievable. Following a thorough analysis of images of China and Tibet in European films from 1980 to 2010, I nevertheless found that an equal dialogue between the West and the East is not only possible but is also slowly being realised.


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