TransArea: A Literary History of Globalization

Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
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The future of area studies lies in opening out into TransArea studies, which tie together area-connected competencies with transdisciplinary research practices. It is one of the loftiest and most urgent duties of philology to lift up this treasure in the awareness of the special relevance of literature, and to make it democratically available to the broadest possible sections of the population.
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Ottmar Ette, Potsdam University, Germany.
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Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
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Jul 11, 2016
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Foreign Language Study / Romance Languages (Other)
Literary Criticism / European / General
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Dieser Band nimmt Reinhold und Georg Forster, Alexander von Humboldt und Adelbert von Chamisso mit ihren Erfahrungen als reisende Autoren und Naturforscher, als Landsleute wie als »Fremde« in den Blick. Er rekonstruiert aus den Hinterlassenschaften der Reisen die Praktiken des Schreibens, Sammelns und des Transfers hinsichtlich ihrer Rolle für die Genese moderner Wissensordnungen. Die einzelnen Beiträge des Bandes untersuchen die Horizonte der Protagonisten, vermittelt durch ihre Tagebücher, Skizzenhefte und Briefwechsel, die gesammelten Naturalien und Artefakte, ihre Beobachtungen der Tier- und Pflanzenwelt, der Landschaften und Menschen. Sie behandeln die Werk- und Wirkungszusammenhänge untereinander sowie zu anderen Forschenden und Forschungsreisen.


This volume takes a look at Reinhold and Georg Forster, Alexander von Humboldt and Adelbert von Chamisso both as fellow countrymen and as “foreigners”, together with their experiences as travelling writers and naturalists. Drawing upon the legacies of their travels, it reconstructs the practices of writing, gathering and transferring with regards to their role in the genesis of modern knowledge systems. The individual articles within this volume examine the protagonists’ horizons, conveyed through their diaries, sketchbooks and letter exchanges, the natural produce and artefacts they collected, as well as their observations of the animal and plant world, landscapes and people. They deal with work-and-effect relationships and interrelationships, including those with other researchers and expeditions.

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