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Selected publications by members of the IAA

A few selected publications by members of the department are listed on this page. You will find more publications via the corresponding links which refer to each person’s publications as well as their personal pages within the department.

Carmen Birkle, Johanna Heil (ed.): Communicating Disease: Cultural Representations of American Medicine

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Communicating Disease: Cultural Representations of American Medicine
Universitätsverlag Winter, 2013
ISBN: 978-3-8253-6215-7

‘Communicating Disease’ focuses on the intersections of literature and medicine. It unravels the intricate entanglement of culture and disease and is devoted to the representation of life through medical narratives, exploring its value to both the literary critic and the medical practitioner. Grouped in four sections, the contributions to this volume discuss cultural representations of medical practice, the medical profession, diseases and epidemics, and potential healing functions of narratives. Topics range from eighteenth-century Old and New World practices of medicine via the careers of nineteenth-century women doctors and nurses subverting dominant gender norms, to twentieth- and twenty-first-century cognitive sciences; from smallpox epidemics via yellow fever to AIDS and biotechnology; from Alice James and Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Siri Hustvedt and Richard Powers as well as women pathologists on the screen; to be concluded by a transnational reading of the world of medicine in the medium of literature. (publisher’s information)

Further publications by Prof. Dr. Carmen Birkle

Sonja Fielitz: Einführung in die anglistisch-amerikanische Dramenanalyse

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Einführung in die anglistisch-amerikanische Dramenanalyse
Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2010
ISBN: 978-3534233939

This introduction provides the necessary instruments for the description and analysis of the genre of drama. The guiding principle here is the close connection between drama and theatre. The focus of the publication is on the textual analysis of figures, actions time and space. The volume concludes with a look at film analysis.  

Sonja Fielitz presents with this volume a comprehensive introduction to drama analysis.  It takes up current research approaches and discusses drama in close connection to the theatre. It becomes clear that the template of the literary text is irrevocably connected to its visual presentation on stage. The various analytical approaches to the text, the performance, the relationship between the text and performance are covered in detail. Particular attention is paid here to the important categories of figures, acts, time and space. The works of Shakespeare, Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Edward Albee and Caryl Churchill illustrate the procedure. The connective chapters are in the end also devoted to the fundamentals of communication, semiotics as well as film analysis.   (translation of publisher’s information)

Jürgen Handke: Patient Hochschullehre: Vorschläge für eine zeitgemäße Lehre im 21. Jahrhundert

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Patient Hochschullehre: Vorschläge für eine zeitgemäße Lehre im 21. Jahrhundert
Tectum, 2014
ISBN: 978-3-8288-3256-5

Crowded auditoria, poor study conditions, high numbers of students: this is the harsh reality of German universities. Doubled numbers in high school, suspension of compulsory military service and high birth rates have made sure that many universities and technical colleges are bursting at the seams. As many instructors complain, a proper teaching experience is just not possible.

Teaching at university has got worse not since the Bologna Process. High school teachers are not selected for pedagogical skill, the teaching organisation has not had a priority for a good while.  As opposed to using new media and methods, still in place are traditional concepts. For years, universities have failed to adapt their teaching and teachers to the changing conditions of the 21st century. ‘Uni’ may not work so in the long run.

Jürgen Handke, an insider as a university professor, gets to the heart of the problem. He clearly identifies the weaknesses of a teaching bureaucracy and offers a wealth of concrete suggestions for improvements. These are based on a far-reaching digitisation of university teaching, the new teaching and teaching scenarios that accompany this, as well as the changed role of teaching staff.  This book offers a stimulating discussion for teachers and students alike.

See also: the book’s blog

Further publications by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Handke

Rolf Kreyer: The Nature of Rules, Regularities and Units in Language: A Network Model of the Language System and of Language Use

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The Nature of Rules, Regularities and Units in Language: A Network Model of the Language System and of Language Use
De Gruyter Mouton, 2013
ISBN 978-3-11-031832-6

Comprehensive networks of language make use of structures that go beyond the basic associative connections that can be found in the brain. This study is an attempt to provide an account of language that restricts itself to structures of a neurophysiological kind, i.e. simple nodes, excitatory and inhibitory connections. It is shown that fundamental aspects of language system and use can be explained with such a simple and cognitively plausible network.

Further publications by Prof. Dr. Rolf Kreyer

Martin Kuester, Françoise LeJeune, Anca-Raluca Radu, Charlotte Sturgess (eds.): Narratives of Crisis - Crisis of Narrative

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Narratives of Crisis - Crisis of Narrative
Wißner, Augsburg, 2011
ISBN: 978-3-89639-849-9

The early 21st century has proven to be a time of crises in the fields of the economy, ecology and politics, the events of September 11, 2001 being a harrowing starting point of the new millennium. These crises have left their mark on the way we write and read about our world in fiction as well as nonfiction. Narratives of Crisis – Crisis of Narrative brings together views by European and Canadian literary and media scholars on the crisis of narrative in a transatlantic context. This volume has arisen from the cooperation of the Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies with corresponding institutions at the Universities of Strasbourg and Nantes. (publisher’s information)

Further publications by Prof. Dr. Martin Kuester