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TitelSpecial Issue of LWU, "Narratives of Fundamentalism"
BeschreibungCFP: Special Issue of LWU (Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht):
“Narratives of Fundamentalism”

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the term fundamentalism has come to be associated with a very specific imagery. In the shadow of the burning World Trade Center, religious fervor—and particularly its Islamist variety—is now globally perceived as inseparable from spectacular acts of violence. Islamic fundamentalism has indeed been the driving force behind a myriad of incidents, from the U.S. Embassy bombing in Beirut in 1983 via the countless suicide bombing reported from Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or India on an almost weekly basis to the shootings at a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012. Yet, as the cases of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and, more recently, of self-declared “modern crusader” Anders Behring Breivik demonstrate, extremist violence emerges from all major religions. At the same time, fundamentalism need not be openly violent in order to be recognized as a threat to democracy and peace. “The spectre of fundamentalism,” Klaus Stierstorfer and Axel Stähler note in Writing Fundamentalism (2009), “seems to raise its head in all walks of life. And more often than not that head is perceived to be ugly: for in spite of, or maybe even because of, its ubiquity, discussions of this multifaceted phenomenon are fraught with misconceptions and generalizations.”
The critical neglect of the interfaces between literature and fundamentalism is particularly surprising, since both fields share an investment in the construction and control of meaning as well as the quest for knowledge and ethical standards. By focusing on this hermeneutic overlap, this special issue of LWU seeks to explore representations of all kinds of fundamentalism—both historically and contemporary—in literature.
We are interested in depictions of Christian, Islamic, and Jewish fundamentalisms (including forms of millenarianism and apocalypticism), but also in political and cultural variations of the term—from secular movements of ideological purism to the “aesthetic fundamentalisms” of Stefan George and Christian Kracht. From the term’s origin in the context of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries’ Protestant movements in the United States to the contemporary manifestations of religiously motivated terrorism, we seek to investigate the motif of fundamentalism in North American, German, Irish, British, and post-colonial literatures. What are the intersections between religion and politics in these texts? How do poetry, drama, fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels present fundamentalist ideas in their specific social and cultural contexts? Which sites of negotiation are opened up by these configurations? How do formal, narratological, and structural aspects (of language, style, or emplotment) contribute to the larger project of understanding fundamentalism? How, for instance, do writers such as Salman Rushdie, John Updike, Dan Brown, Don DeLillo, Mohammed Moulessehoul (Yasmina Khadra), Nagib Mahfuz, Mohsin Hamid, Joseph Conrad, Kiran Nagarkar, Amitav Ghosh, Karen Kingsbury, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins engage with religious and/or political extremism? What notions of subjectivity and alterity are developed around these themes?

We invite contributions in either English or German.
Please send an abstract of 250-300 words and a short CV to The deadline for abstracts is July 15. All accepted essays have to be submitted by November 10, 2012.
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Däwes 
Funktion: editor 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: JGU Mainz 
Strasse/Postfach: Staudingerweg 9 
Postleitzahl: 55128 
Stadt: Mainz 
Telefon: 06131-3925994 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Zusätzliches SuchwortReligion, Fundamentalismus, Terrorismus
Ediert von  H-Germanistik
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