Klicken Sie bitte hier für die deutsche VersionDiscussion Group II

From the early 18th century onwards, literature - and especially the newly developing genre of the novel - functions in new ways as a cultural site for the negotiation, articulation and (re)production of meaning. In a time of increasing literacy, an astonishingly varied, if also highly reglemented, range of textual identities is offered to readers whose subjectivities are informed by and, indeed, constituted in the reading process. Reading becomes both door-step to and experience of one's own identity.

Based on these assumptions, the projects assembled in this group examine representations and circulations of different concepts of identity in literary texts. Since identities are constituted over time, the focus lies on narrative genres. Taking into account different sorts of texts, each of these projects examines how an increasingly complex web of categories of identity such as nation, class, gender and sexuality constitutes different experiences of identity - especially gender identities, authorship, and childhood - and how the processes of identity formation are being articulated and explored in literary texts.

The rich corpus of texts on which the projects in this section draw, visualises how the differentiation of new literary genres coincides with a differentiation of personal and collective identities.


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ProjectsProjects of Discussion Group IIIsabel Karremann, M.A.PD Dr. Franz MeierDr. Anja MüllerDr. Katharina Rennhak


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    Armstrong, Nancy. Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel. Oxford: UP, 1987
    Barker-Benfield, G. J. The Culture of Sensiblity: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1992
    Benedict, Barbara M. Framing Feeling: Sentiment and Style in English Prose Fiction 1745-1800. New York: AMS, 1994
    Bredvold, Louis I. The Natural History of Sensibility. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1962
    Brewer, John. The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century. London: HarperCollins, 1997
    Brissenden, R. F. Virtue in Distress: Studies in the Novel of Sentiment from Richardson to Sade. London: Macmillan, 1974
    Conger, Sydney McMillen (Ed.). Sensibility in Transformation: Creative Resistance to Sentiment from the Augustans to the Romantics: Essays in Honor of Jean H. Hagstrum. London: Associated University Press, 1990
    Dwyer, John. Virtuous Discourse: Sensibility and Community in Late Eighteenth-Century Scotland. Edinburgh: John Donald, 1987
    Ellis, Markman. The Politics of Sensibility: Race, Gender and Commerce in the Sentimental Novel. Cambridge: UP, 1996
    Erämetsä, E. "A Study of the Word ‘Sentimental’ and of Other Linguistic Characteristics of Eighteenth-Century Sentimentalism in England. Suomalaisen Tiedeakatemian Toimituskia [=Annales Academiae Scientarum Fennicae]. Helsinki, Tom. 74.1, 1951
    Goldberg, Rita. Sex and Enlightenment: Women in Richardson and Diderot. Cambridge: UP, 1984
    Hagstrum, Jean Howard. Sex and Sensibility: Ideal and Erotic Love from Milton to Mozart. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980
    Harvey, Karen. Reading Sex in the Eighteenth Century: Bodies and Gender in English Erotic Culture. Cambridge: UP, 2004
    Hilles, Frederick Whiley, and Harold Bloom (Eds.). From Sensibility to Romanticism. New York: Oxford UP, 1965
    Johnson, Claudia L. Equivocal Beings: Politics, Gender, and Sentimentality in the 1790s: Wollstonecraft, Radcliffe, Burney, Austen. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1995
    Jones, Chris. Radical Sensibility: Literature and ldeas in the 1790s. London: Routedge, 1993
    Jones, Vivien (Ed.). Women and Literature in Britain, 1700-1800. Cambridge: UP, 2000
    Jones, Vivien (Ed.). Women in the Eighteenth Century: Constructions of Femininity. London: Routledge, 1990
    Markley, Robert. "Sentimentality as Performance: Shaftesbury, Sternel and the Theatrics of Virtue". The New Eighteenth Century, Theory, Politics,English Literature. Ed(s). Felicity Nussbaum and Laura Brown. New York: Methuen, 1987. 210-230.
    McGann, Jerome. The Poetics of Sensibility: A Revolution in Literary Style. Oxford: Clarendon, 1998
    Mullan, John. Sentiment and Socialbility: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1988
    Nünning, Vera. "Die Kultur der Empfindsamkeit: Eine mentalitätsgeschichtliche Skizze". Eine andere Geschichte der englischen Literatur: Epochen, Gattungen und Teilgebiete im Überblick. Ed(s). Ansgar Nünning. Trier: wvt, 1998. 107-126.
    Porter, Roy. Pleasure in the Eighteenth Century. London: Macmillan, 1996
    Rawson, Claude J. Satire and Sentiment, 1660-1830. Cambridge: UP, 1994
    Roberts, T. A. The Concept of Benevolence: Aspects of Eighteenth-Century Moral Philosophy. London: Macmillan, 1973
    Rousseau, George S. (Ed.). The Languages of Psyche: Mind and Body in Enlightenment Thought. Berkeley: U of California P, 1990
    Todd, Janet. Sensibility: An Introduction. London: Methuen, 1986
    Van Sant, Ann Jessie. Eighteenth Century Sensibility and the Novel: The Senses in Social Context. Cambridge: UP, 1993
    Wegmann, Nikolaus. Diskurse der Empfindsamkeit: Zur Geschichte eines Gefühls in der Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1988
    Richter, Virginia (Ed.). Revolution und Emanzipation: Geschlechterordnungen in Europa um 1800. Köln: Böhlau, 2004
    Heipcke, Corinna. Autorhetorik: Zur Konstruktion weiblicher Autorschaft im ausgehenden 18Jahrhundert. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2002
    Rinnert, Andrea. Körper, Weiblichkeit, Autorschaft: Eine Inspektion feministischer Literaturtheorien. Königstein: Helmer, 2001
    Fulford, Tim. Romanticism and Masculinity: Gender, Politics, and Poetics in the Writings of Burke, Coleridge, Cobbett, Wordsworth, De Quincey, and Hazlitt. London: Macmillan, 1999
    Ingrassia, Catherine. Authorship, Commerce, and Gender in Eighteenth-Century England. Cambridge: CUP, 1998
    Kord, Susanne. Sich einen Namen machen: Anonymität und weibliche Autorschaft 1700-1900. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1996
    Schabert, Ina, und Barbara Schaff (Ed.). Autorschaft: Genus und Genie in der Zeit um 1800. Berlin: Schmidt, 1994
    Keupp, Heiner et al. Identitätskonstruktionen: Das Patchwork der Identitäten in der Spätmoderne. Reinbek: Rowohlt, 1999
    Assmann, Aleida, und Heidrun Friese (Ed.). Identitäten. Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp, 1998
    Hall, Stuart, and P. du Gay (Eds.). Questions of Cultural Identity. London: Sage, 1996
    Marquard, Odo, und Karlheinz Stierle (Ed.). Identität. München: Fink, 1979
    Elias, Norbert. The Civilizing Process. Oxford: Blackwell, 1978
    Foucault, Michel. L'histoire de la sexualité. Paris: Gallimard, 1976
    Shoemaker, Robert B. Gender in English Society, 1650-1850: The Emergence of Separate Spheres?. London: Longman, 1998
    Honegger, Claudia. Die Ordnung der Geschlechter: Die Wissenschaften vom Menschen und das Weib. Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus, 1992
    Habermas, Jürgen. Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit: Untersuchungen zu einer Kategorie der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft. Mit einem Vorwort zur Neuauflage 1990. Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp, 1990
    Landes, Joan B. Women and the Public Sphere in the Age of the French Revolution. Ithaca, New York: Cornell UP, 1988
    O'Malley, Andrew. The Making of the Modern Child: Children's Literature and Childhood in the Late Eighteenth-Century. New York: Routledge, 2003
    Brown, Marilyn R. (Ed.). Picturing Children: Constructions of childhood between Rousseau and Freud. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002
    Heywood, Colin. A History of Childhood: Children and Childhood in the West from Medieval to Modern Times. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2001
    Tadmor, Noami. Family and Friends in Eighteenth-Century England: Household, kinship, and patronage. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001
    Barney, Richard A. Plots of Enlightenment: Education and the Novel in Eighteenth-Century England. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1999
    Flint, Christopher. Family Fictions: Narrative and Domestic Relations in Britain, 1688-1798. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1998
    Higonnet, Anne. Pictures of Innocence: The History and Crisis of Ideal Childhood. London: Thames and Hudson, 1998
    Hilton, Mary, Styles Morag, and Watson Victor (Eds.). Opening the Nursery Door: Reading, Writing and Childhood 1600-1900. London: Routledge, 1997
    Cunningham, Hugh. Children and Childhood in Western Society Since 1500. London and New York, 1995
    Steward, James (Ed.). The New Child: British Art and the Origins of Modern Childhood, 1730-1830. Berkeley: University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives., 1995
    Jackson, Mary. Engines for Instruction, Mischief and Magic: Children's Literature in England from its Beginnings to 1839. Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1989
    Summerfield, Geoffrey. Fantasy and Reason: Children's Literature in the Eighteenth-Century. London: Methuen, 1984
    Pickering, Samuel. John Locke and Children's Books in Eighteenth-Century England. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1981
    Stone, Lawrence. The Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500-1800. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977
    Ariès, Philippe. L'enfant at la vie familiale sous l'ancien régime. Paris, 1960
    Carter, Philip. Man and the Emergence of Polite Society, Britain 1660-1800. Harlow: Pearson, 2001
    Porter, Roy. Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World. London: Penguin, 2000
    Bermingham, Ann, and John Brewer (Eds.). The Consumption of Culture 1600-1800: Image, Object, Text. London: Routledge, 1995
    Habermas, Jürgen. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society (Trans. Thomas Burger with the assistance of Frederick Lawrence). Cambridge: MIT Press, 1989
    McKendrick, Neil, John Brewer, and J.H. Plumb. The Birth of a Consumer Society: The Commercialization of Eighteenth-Century England. London: Hutchinson, 1983
    O'Connell, Sheila. The Popular Print in England. London: The British Museum, 1999
    Mackie, Erin. Market à la Mode: Fashion , Commodity, and Gender in The Tatler and The Spectator. Baltimore: John Hopkins UP, 1997
    Schmidt, Siegfried J. Die Selbstorganisation des Sozialsystems Literatur im 18. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp, 1989
    King, Thomas A. The Gendering of Men, 1600-1750. Madison: Wisconsin UP, 2005. Vol II: Queer Articulations
    King, Thomas A. The Gendering of Men, 1600-1750. Madison: Wisconsin UP, 2004. Vol I: The English Phallus
    McMaster, Juliet. Reading the Body in the Eighteenth Century Novel. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
    Nussbaum, Felicity. The Limits of the Human: Fictions of Anomaly, Race and Gender in the Long Eighteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003
    Choudhury, Mita, Laura J. Rosenthal. Monstrous Dreams of Reason: Body, Self and Other in the Enlightenment. Lewisburg, Penn.: Bucknell UP, 2002
    Robinson, Sally. Visibility, Crisis and the Wounded White Male Body: Marked Men: White Masculinity in Crisis. New York: Columbia UP, 2000
    Williams, Andrew P. The Image of Manhood in Early Modern Literature: Viewing the Male. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1999
    Petersen, Alan. Unmasking the Masculine: Men' and 'Identity' in a Sceptical Age. London: Sage, 1998
    Deutsch, Helen, Felicity Nussbaum (eds.). Defects: Engendering the Modern Body. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1995
    Epstein, Julia, Katja Straub (Eds.). Body Guards: The Cultural Politics of Gender Ambiguity. New York/London: Routledge, 1991
    Scarry, Elaine. The Body in Pain. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1985
    Barker, Francis. The Tremulous Body: Essays in Subjection. London: Methuen, 1984
    Meier, Franz. "Sexualität und Tod: Eine Themenverknüpfung in der englischen Schauer- und Sensationsliteratur und ihrem soziokulturellen Kontext (1764-1897)". Buchreihe der Anglia. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer, 2002. 36
Journal Articles
    Castle, Terry J. "P/B: Pamela as Sexual Fiction". Studies in English Literature, 22 (1982). 469-89.
    Fiering, Norman S. "Irresistible Compassion: An Aspect of Eighteenth-Century Sympathy and Humanitarianism". Journal of the History of ldeas, 37 (1976). 195-218.
    Frye, Northrop. "Towards Defining an Age of Sensibility. English Literary History, 23 (1956). 144-152.
    Halttunen, Karen. "Humanitarianism and the Pornography of Pain in Anglo-American Culture. American Historical Review, 100.2 (1995). 303-334.
    Hansen, Klaus P. "Neue Literatur zur Empfindsamkeit. Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, 64 (1990). 514-528.
    Maurer, Shawn Lisa. "The Female (as) ReaderSex, Sensibility, and the Maternal in Wollstonecraft's Fictions. Essays in Literature, 19 (Spring 1992). 36-54.
    Spacks, Patricia Meyer. "Oscillations of Sensibility. New Literary History, 25.3 (1994). 505-520.
    Wolf, Werner. "Schauerroman und Empfindsamkeit: Zur Beziehung zwischen Gothic novel und empfindsamem Roman in England". Anglia, 107 (1989). Jan 33.
    Wright, Walter Francis. "Sensibility in English Prose Fiction, 1760-1814. Illinois Studies in Language and Literature: A Reinterpretation. Urbana/IL: U of Illinois P, 22.03.2004, 1937
    Rodriguez, Catherine M. (Ed.). "Aging and Identity: An Eighteenth-Century Perspective". Journal of Aging and Identity, 1999. 4.2
    Benzaquén, Adriana S. "Childhood, Identity, and Human Science in the Enlightenment. History Workshop Journal, 57 (Spring), 2004. 34-57.
    Luhmann, Niklas. "Das Kind als Medium der Erziehung. Soziologische Aufklärung. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1995. 6. 204-28.
    Burdan, Judith. "Girls must be seen and heard: Domestic surveillance in Sarah Fielding's The Governess". Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 1994. 8-14.
    Jordanova, Ludmilla. "New Worlds for Children in the Eighteenth Century: Problems of Historical Interpretation". History of Human Sciences, 1990. 3.1. 69-83.
    Kramnick, Isaac. "Children's Literature and Bougeois Ideology: Observations on Culture and Industrial Capitalism in the Late Eighteenth Century". Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, 1983. 12. 163-77.
    Plumb, J.H. "The New World of Children in Eighteenth-Century England. Past and Present, 1975. 67. 64-95.
Book Articles
    Friedman, Arthur. "Aspects of Sentimentalism in Eighteenth-Century Literature. The Augustan Milieu: Essays Presented to Louis A. Landa. Ed(s). Henry Knight Miller. Oxford: Eric Rothstein and George S. Rousseau, 1970. 247-261.
    Rousseau, George S. (Ed.). "Nerves, Spirits, and Fibres: Towards Defining the Origins of Sensibility". Studies in the Eighteenth-Century III: Papers Presented at the Third David Nichol Smith Memorial Seminar. Ed(s). R. F. Brissenden and John C. Eade. Canberra: Australian National UP, 1976. 137-158.
    Bourdieu, Pierre. The biographical illusion, repr. In Identity: A Reader. Ed(s). Eds. Paul du Gay, Jessica Evans, and Peter Redman. London: Sage, 2000. 299-305.
    Hall, Stuart. "The Questions of Cultural Identity. Modernity and its Future. Ed(s). Eds. Stuart Hall, David Held, and Tony McGrew. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1995. 273-325.
    Jacobson-Widding, Anita (Ed.). "Personal and Socio-Cultural Identity. Acta Univ.Ups., Uppsala Studies in Cultural Anthropology. Uppsala: Almqvist&Wiksell, 1983. 5
    Shavit, Zohar. "Cultural notions and literary boundaries: On the creation on the systemic opposition between children's literature and adult literature in the eighteenth century". Proceedings of the XIIth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Society, 1990. 416-422.
    Meier, Franz. "(Pro-)Creation and Social Bonding: Conflicting Sexualities in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein". Alternative Romanticisms: Proceedings of the Gimma Conference 2001. Hgg. Werner Huber und Marie-Luise Egbert. Studien zur Englischen Romantik!. Essen: Die Blaue Eule, 2003. 123-36.

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