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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>05/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies
Issue number2
Volume51
Number of pages118
Pages (from-to)81-199
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This edition of the journal _Seminar_ gives a German take on the topic of 'World Authorship'. The volume explores the notion of a 'world author' and the various methodological approaches that underpin the academic study of 'world literature' in the context of ongoing globalizing trends. With papers ranging from Goethe's concept of Weltliteratur as an individual performative act of literary resistance through to discussions of increasingly anonymous, culturally-inflected collective appropriations of Christa Wolf, the articles encourage a new way of thinking about notions of value and political and ethical accountability in the literary marketplace. They are complemented by an extensive research-led introduction that probes the conceptual frames of both authorship and world literature, and an epilogue that sets out the contribution that digital humanities can make to our research methodologies in this area.