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Mapping the Fluid Self. Water Writing as a Transcultural Strategy in Contemporary German Literature

Funding: VR
Period: 2014–2016 (was prematurely terminated due to other employment)
Researchers: Linda Karlsson Hammarfelt

Against backdrop of the frequent use of liquid metaphors and the changed role of the water element in literature in recent years, the project Mapping the Fluid Self. Water Writing as a Transcultural Strategy in Contemporary German Literature explores forms and functions of “water writing” in contemporary German literature that depicts processes of globalization. Focus lies on narration about a protean self and a world in constant flow and the aim is to explore the tension between experiences of fluidity and the quest for a mapping understanding of the self and the world, a tension that will be discussed using Deleuze and Guattari’s concepts of smooth and striated space. Thus, the project is based on current literary research on water writing but also engages cultural theory, especially Deleuze and Guattari as well as Braidotti, to contextualize the results of close reading.

Four articles for peer reviewed journals and several case studies will come out of the study, and one of the sub-projects is designed to investigate didactical implications of my findings. The study will contribute to the understanding of water writing and contemporary literature, but it can also be regarded as a humanistic complement to research on the water element in natural and political sciences and a contribution to interdisciplinary globalization studies. Presenting a literary perspective on highly topical issues my study will highlight the important role of literature as a forum of negotiation, in which societal challenges are reworked in aesthetic form.

Contact Information

Linda Karlsson Hammarfelt

Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Lundgrensgatan 6

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