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Literary studies

The literary research analyses modern German literature and culture with a focus on theoretical, aesthetic and historical issues related to sustainability issues, literary education and expressions of inter- and transculturalism.

Research findings are presented for example at the international conferences arranged every other year within the framework of Zur Darstellung von Zeitgeschichte in deutschsprachiger Gegenwartsliteratur (see Iudicium).

Up to 2005, the Swedish Research Council project titled Narrative Forms as Cultural Self-Description: History and Identity of Today’s Young German Literature was located at the University’s then separate department for German studies. Based on this project, from 2004 to 2008 we established a network titled Autobiographical Writing in Contemporary German Literature in collaboration with colleagues from other Nordic countries (Nordforsk). In 2006, we also started the European network Movens: Crossing Cultural and Aesthetic Boundaries (Swedish Research Council, STINT) together with colleagues from Sweden, England, Ireland, Slovenia and Germany.

PhD students participate/participated in both networks described above.
Within the interdisciplinary project Estrangement and Desautomatization: Approaches to Literature in Academic Teaching Situations (Swedish Research Council), this profile was expanded from 2005 to 2008 to also include education research.

The research projects are organized through the Forum für deutsche Gegenwartsliteratur und Deutschlandstudien (DGD) (previously Institut für deutsche Gegenwartsliteratur und Deutschlandstudien), which was founded in 2003 with support from the Faculty of Arts. Through DGD, we have also arranged literary seminars that reach beyond the area of German studies. Moreover, the international Master’s programme Deutsche Gegenwartsliteratur. Rezeption – Vermittlung – Kontext was developed in 2007.

In 2004, an association titled Germanistische Literaturwissenschaft in Schweden (GLS) was established with the support of the Swedish Academy and together with colleagues within the subject area of German at other institutions in Sweden. The main purpose of the association and its information platform is to spread knowledge about German literature and German literary studies to a broader audience.

Contact Information

Edgar Platen, Professor, Literature

Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Lundgrensgatan 7

031-786 4596

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