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Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium - Michaela Holdenried

HoldenriedProf. Dr. Michaela Holdenried
German Literature
University of Freiburg

Tracking. Research Expeditions as a Topic in Contemporary Literature
When Jan 21, 2019
from 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, seminar room
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Attendees universitätsoffen / open to University members
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Tracking. Research Expeditions as a Topic in Contemporary Literature

My project is a contribution to research in travel literature. With the introduction of cultural science issues, it addresses a desideratum: to probe into and to broaden research paradigms, which up to now have been rather hermeneutically positivistic. Beyond Brenner’s 1989 standard work, new approaches to travelogues, based on an exemplary inventory, still remain to be formulated. 

The genre “fictionalized expeditions” is taken into account with emphasis on contemporary German literature and comparative excursions into French and Anglo-American literature. Points of departure are the tendencies in the last three decades to deconstruct the explorer as a hero, a focussing on historically minor characters and new perspectives on expeditions altogether. At the same time ethnographical, psycho-social, aesthetical dimensions and concepts of knowledge are noted, aimed at rewriting former narrative experiences of otherness as part of post-colonial revisions.

This talk will be held in German.