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Turning Pages - An Annual Creative Writing Journal at Chemnitz University of Technology

Hg: Cecile Sandten, Mandy Beck
Issue 2, 2020

The second issue of Turning Pages includes a variety of foci, ranging from meta-poetic texts and stories, to graphic artworks and illustrations via themes of belonging in an ever-changing world, tracing one’s origins, conquering personal struggles, or dealing with current incidents like COVID-19 and self-isolation. This issue combines students from diverse fields and backgrounds with professional writers from all over the world, such as Srishti Chaudhary, Andreas Gloge, Ogaga Ifowodo, Harald Linke, and Ian Watson.


Turning Pages - An Annual Creative Writing Journal at Chemnitz University of Technology

Hg: Cecile Sandten, Mandy Beck
Issue 1, 2019

Turning Pages is an annual journal of bright voices from all over the world in creative and original writing in English in short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and drama, as well as in drawings, art projects and many other related genres by students, academics, and writers. It is a production of the Chair of English Literatures at Chemnitz University of Technology and the first journal of its kind at the university.

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Special Issue: Voices of Their Own: South Asian Women’s Writing

Hg: Cecile Sandten, Ranu Uniyal

Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA) is an anonymously peer-reviewed journal that traditionally reflects the entire spectrum of English and American language, literature, and culture. Particular attention will also be paid to the new literatures in English, the development of linguistic varieties outside Britain and North America, the culture of ethnic minorities, and the relationship between anglophone and neighbouring cultural areas. The journal also welcomes contributions which examine theoretical and interdisciplinary issues in literary, linguistic, and socio-cultural research. Thus, ZAA invites contributions concerning a wide range of research on current issues, survey articles featuring recent developments in the fields of culture, literature and language, research reports as well as proposals concerning new directions within the discipline.


Special Issue: Representing and Narrating Flight, Refugeeism, and Asylum

Hg: Cecile Sandten
Postcolonial Text

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Postcolonial Text is a refereed open access journal that publishes articles, book reviews, interviews, poetry and fiction on postcolonial, transnational, and indigenous themes.


Vision and Character: Physiognomics and the English Realist Novel. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Eike Kronshage

As readers, we develop an impression of characters and their settings in a novel based on the author’s description of their physical characteristics and surroundings. This process, known as physiognomy, can be seen throughout history including in the English Realist novels of the 19th and 20th centuries. Vision and Character: Physiognomics and the English Realist Novel offers a study into the physiognomics and aesthetics as presented by some of the best known authors in this genre, like Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. In this highly original approach to the issues of representation, visuality and aesthetics in the nineteenth-century realist novel, and even the question of literary interpretation, Eike Kronshage argues that physiognomics has enabled writers to access their characters’ inner lives without interfering in an authoritative way.


Crisis, Risks and New Regionalism in Europe Emergency Diasporas and Borderlands

Hg: Cecile Sandten, Claudia Gualtieri, Roberto Pedretti, Eike Kronshage.
CHAT: Chemnitzer Anglistik/Amerikanistik Today. 2017.

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This collection of essays explores the idea of the efficacy, limitations and future of Cultural Studies as a theoretical and methodological approach to the analysis of recent crisis phenomena in Europe. The volume spans a wide range of topics, including: theoretical and critical approaches to the stability of the EU as a political and economic union of its 28 member states; the (not only) recent flow of refugees into Europe and other countries, and the refugee tragedies off the coast of Lampedusa; the resurgence of far-right, anti-Islam political groups throughout Europe; the negotiation of affect and crisis phenomena in literary texts; and the question of media and refugees. These and other pressing issues are addressed and discussed from a variety of historical, political, pedagogical, gender, media and aesthetic perspectives, as encompassed in Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Literatures.

The aim of the volume is to arrive at a new working definition of Cultural Studies – making culture political again – in conjunction with Postcolonial and Gender Studies within a European context. Thus, the papers offer a fresh approach for a discussion of crisis phenomena in the context of complex encounters and conflicts, new regionalisms, emergency diasporas, gender studies, and neo-capitalism/neo-colonialism within a German-Italian framework and beyond.


Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis

Hg: Cecile Sandten and Annika Bauer
Cross/Cultures 188
ASNEL Papers 20
Brill | Rodopi, 2016.

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The notion of the postcolonial metropolis has gained prominence in the last two decades both within and beyond postcolonial studies. Disciplines such as sociology and urban studies, however, have tended to focus on the economic inequalities, class disparities, and other structural and formative aspects of the postcolonial metropolises that are specific to Western conceptions of the city at large. It is only recently that the depiction of postcolonial metropolises has been addressed in the writings of Suketu Mehta, Chris Abani, Amit Chaudhuri, Salman Rushdie, Aravind Adiga, Helon Habila, Sefi Atta, and Zakes Mda, among others. Most of these works probe the urban specifics and physical and cultural topographies of postcolonial cities while highlighting their agential capacity to defy, appropriate, and abrogate the superimposition of theories of Western modernity and urbanism.
These ASNEL Papers are all concerned with the idea of the postcolonial (in the) metropolis from various disciplinary viewpoints, as drawn from a great range of cityscapes (spread out over five continents). The essays explore, on the one hand, ideas of spatial subdivision and inequality, political repression, social discrimination, economic exploitation, and cultural alienation, and, on the other, the possibility of transforming, reinventing and reconfigurating the ‘postcolonial condition’ in and through literary texts and visual narratives.
In this context, the volume covers a broad spectrum of theoretical and thematic approaches to postcolonial and metropolitan topographies and their depictions in writings from Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, South Asia, and greater Asia, as well as the UK, addressing issues such as modernity and market economies but also caste, class, and social and linguistic aspects. At the same time, they reflect on the postcolonial metropolis and postcolonialism in the metropolis by concentrating on an urban imaginary which turns on notions of spatial subdivision and inequality, political repression, social discrimination, economic exploitation, and cultural alienation – as the continuing ‘postcolonial’ condition.


Britisch-deutscher Literaturtransfer 1756-1832

Hg: Lore Knapp und Eike Kronshage.
WeltLiteraturen/World Literatures 11
Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016.


Im Zeitraum zwischen 1756 und 1832 lassen sich zwei Phasen des britisch-deutschen Literaturtransfers ausmachen. Die Anglophilie und europäische Gelehrsamkeit der Deutschen - besonders in Braunschweig, Göttingen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Zürich und Weimar - wird zum Ende des achtzehnten Jahrhunderts abgelöst vom wetteifernden Denken in den Kategorien Welt und Nation. Die Beiträge des Bandes nähern sich dem weit verzweigten Netz britisch-deutscher und am Rande auch deutsch-britischer Bezüge mit zwölf Fragestellungen, die sich auf die Rezeption, Übersetzung und Verarbeitung britischer Schriften im deutschsprachigen Raum bis nach Prag, auf den Vergleich ästhetischer Diskurse sowie auf Schilderungen von Englandreisen beziehen.


Concepts, Constructions, Contexts

Hg: Cecile Sandten, Kathy-Ann Tan. CHAT: Chemnitzer Anglistik/Amerikanistik Today. 2015.

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This collection of essays sets out to examine the complexity and significance of the idea of "home" in its various permutations and manifestations. It puts forward the notion of "home" not only as a physical spatial/geographical location, but as a cultural, socio-economic and ideological paradigm that is gendered and racialized. In exploring the different concepts, constructions and contexts of "home," and challenging the common associations of the term, the contributions in this volume propose that it might be less a static and fixed entity than a flexible, multivalent and even inherently contradictory term.
Adopting diachronic approaches to the concept of home from various disciplines such as literature, cultural studies, history, sociology, art, media, architecture, philosophy, and psychology, this volume includes an exceptionally broad variety of case studies and individual conceptualizations of home in literature, film, media, and the arts. It illustrates how the notion of "home" should be unhinged from prevalent and seemingly universal understandings of the term as a permanent location of repose and shelter, the place of one's origin and roots. Rather, the essays collected here propose that "home" refers to a much more complex, and contested, concept. To this end, they investigate the various productive tensions that emerge as a result of globally/locally contested spaces, diverging ideologies, conflicts of interest and power struggles, all of which re-shape and re-configure the various concepts, constructions and contexts of "home."


Shakespeare's Globe, Global Shakespeares

Cecile Sandten

CHAT: Chemnitzer Anglistik/Amerikanistik Today. 2015.

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In this valuable study, Cecile Sandten examines a selection of transnational Shakespearean adaptations in the genres of prose, poetry and drama that have emerged within and from a postcolonial context. Scrutinising Shakespeare's appeal as a cultural phenomenon and a mainstay of the British literary canon, Sandten insightfully surveys how rewrites from Africa, the Caribbean, India and Canada engage and transform Shakespeare's plays to tackle issues of race and ethnicity, class and caste, colonial history, gender and language in their respective culturally-specific contexts. As counter-narratives that seek to redress and re-configure historical and contemporary power structures and imbalances, these adaptations rework and re-inscribe the dominant narratives of western modernity, especially with respect to the binaries of colonised/coloniser, margin/centre, servant/master, them/us.
Broadly dividing these rewrites into four interlinked categories or strategic modes of Shakespearean adaptations – the "affirmation rewrite", the "writing back rewrite", the "individual rewrite" and the "mutilation rewrite", – this critical study focuses on the second and third approaches to convincingly illustrate how postcolonial writers have gradually transitioned from a "writing back" method of literary redress to a more transnational and syncretic form of literary adaptation. In this respect, Sandten perceptively elucidates how the process, and not merely product, of literary adaptation is less a one-way than a two-way exchange and of intercultural dialogue, syncretism and transformation.
Offering a critically nuanced take on the issue of Shakespeare as a "global" playwright, this study of transcultural adaptations of the bard's plays in postcolonial literatures will be indispensible to students and scholars of Elizabethan and postcolonial literatures alike.


Palimpsestraum Stadt

Hg: Eike Kronshage, Cecile Sandten, Winfried Thielmann. CHAT: Chemnitzer Anglistik/Amerikanistik Today. 2015.

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Als Raum erscheint die Stadt immer schon geschichtet. Die sich überlagernden Schichten sind als Palimpsest lesbar – sowohl im tatsächlichen Stadtraum, als auch in dessen ästhetischen Repräsentationen. Wo Schichtung als zentrales Merkmal von Stadtraum verstanden wird, entsteht ein Blick auf dessen Flexibilität und Wandel: Die Schichten werden freigelegt, die Überschreibungen und Verschiebungen werden lesbar und die Interpretation des Stadttextes gewinnt an Komplexität. Fragen nach Machtdiskursen, die Überschreibungsprozesse beeinflussen, lassen sich vor diesem Hintergrund neu stellen und beantworten, wodurch das Palimpsest des Stadtraums kritisches Potential gewinnt und seine Anschlussfähigkeit an unterschiedliche Untersuchungen beweist.
Der vorliegende Band spürt diesem Phänomen, dem Palimpsestraum Stadt, in 13 deutsch- und englischsprachigen Beiträgen nach, die sich historisch von der mittelalterlichen Stadt, über die Entwicklung der Metropole seit der Aufklärung bis zum heutigen Stadtraum erstrecken. Dem Thema vielfältiger Schichtungen entsprechend, stammen die Beiträge aus unterschiedlichen Fachdisziplinen: Der Mediävistik, der (antiken) Rhetorik, der Geschichtsforschung, den Literaturwissenschaften, der Kunstgeschichte, der Filmwissenschaft, der Linguistik, den Kulturwissenschaften sowie der Stadtplanung. Ziel des Bandes ist es, einen kritischen Stadt(raum)begriff vorzustellen, der dazu beiträgt, Aufmerksamkeit auf Schichtungsphänomene im Kontext komplexer Räume, Begegnungen, Konflikte, unsichtbarer Machtausübung und Übersetzungsvorgänge, zu lenken.


Journal of English and American Studies/ZAA
A Quarterly Journal of Language, Literature and Culture
Special Issue – Arun Joshi: Avant-Garde, Existentialism and the West

Guest Editors Pavan Malreddy and Dieter Riemenschneider, Berlin: De Gruyter, 62 (1), 2014.


Detective Fiction and Popular Visual Culture

Hg: Cecile Sandten, Gunter Süß, Melanie Graichen. CHAT: Chemnitzer Anglistik/Amerikanistik Today. 2013.

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Crime and detective fiction have never been more popular. When it comes to detective fiction and critical writings, as Larry Landrum remarked in 1999, "a great deal of effort has been put into the study of mystery and detective fiction and related genres, providing many new perspectives on how and when these forms emerged and how they are related to culture". As with all serial phenomena, the evolution of the genre of detective fiction can be described by two simultaneous processes: repetition and variation.
Thus, the purpose of this volume of essays is to bring together, in a bilingual format (English and German), both academic papers that were presented at the conference "Detective Fiction in American Popular Culture" held at Chemnitz University of Technology in October 2011 and three pieces of short fiction (one extract from a novel) that were awarded the "1. Chemnitzer Krimipreis". Moreover, several articles were commissioned specially for this volume in order to sharpen its focus on exploring the intersections between detective fiction (understood in a broader sense) and popular visual culture. Last but certainly not least, the publication of this volume marks not only the 60th birthday of Evelyne Keitel, Professor of American Studies, but also the 175th anniversary of Chemnitz University of Technology. The editors have, accordingly, decided to include articles by colleagues, friends, and young academics who share Evelyne Keitel's research and scholarly interests, in particular, her strong focus on detective fiction in American popular culture. This volume thus demonstrates how the intersections between detective fiction and popular visual culture have become a topic of interdisciplinary study in its own right.


Stadt der Moderne

Hg: Cecile Sandten, Christoph Fasbender, Annika Bauer. CHAT: Chemnitzer Anglistik/Amerikanistik Today. 2013.

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Review: Völker, Nico. „Schichten und Geschichten der Großstadt – Das ‚urbane Palimpsest‘ als Gestaltungsprinzip des Städtischen.“ KULT online 45 (2015).

Chemnitz verkörpert eine Stadt, in der die Moderne nicht durch in der Höhe konkurrierende Wolkenkratzer symbolisiert wird. Vielmehr ist es die über- einander geschichtete Sichtbarkeit von Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, die auf konstante Entwicklungen – architektonisch, politisch kulturell – hinweist. So lassen Spuren alter Ladenschilder an Häusern, in denen nun ein neues Unternehmen tätig ist, den Fortschritt in Städten wie Chemnitz offensichtlich werden. Sanierung, aber auch Verfall von Gebäuden im urbanen Raum sind dabei die Aktivitäten respektive Auswirkungen, mit denen das Palimpsest ’Stadt’ ständig neu beschrieben wird.
Der Band Stadt der Moderne basiert auf der gleichnamigen Ringvorlesung, die zum 175-jährigen Jubiläum der Technischen Universität Chemnitz und dem gleichzeitigen "Jahr der Wissenschaft" der Stadt Chemnitz Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler zu einem interdisziplinären Austausch über Formen und Repräsentation von Modernität in der Stadt zusammenbrachte. Diese chronologisch angelegte Vortrags- und Essaysammlung als fächerübergreifender Beitrag zum Stadtdiskurs umfasst literarische, visuelle, textuelle, historische und künstlerische Repräsentation von modernen Städten wie Chemnitz, Alexandria, Annaberg, Lissabon, Moskau, New York, Schanghai, Kairo oder Delhi von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart.


Journal of Postcolonial Writing - Special Issue:
Orientalism and Terrorism: Theory, Text, and Images after 9/11

Guest Editors: Pavan Kumar Malreddy, Birte Heidemann. 2012.


Journal of Postcolonial Writing - Special Issue:
Tracing the urban imaginary in the postcolonial metropolis and the "new" metropolis

Guest Editors: Ines Detmers, Birte Heidemann, Cecile Sandten. 2011.


Hollywoodkino nach 9/11
Das Neuverhandeln von gender im Kontext von Familie

Antje Tober

CHAT: Chemnitzer Anglistik/Amerikanistik Today. 2011.

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Die Ereignisse vom 11. September 2001 lösten in den USA ein nationales Trauma aus. Vor den Augen der Welt griffen Terroristen mit den von ihnen entführten Flugzeugen nicht nur bedeutende Gebäude in New York und Washington an, sondern auch das amerikanische Wertesystem und die Nation als solche. Neben der in kürzester Zeit lancierten außenpolitischen Machtdemonstration der USA mit militärischen Gegenschlägen in Afghanistan und dem Irak war eine Abschottung nach innen zu beobachten, die einem Rückzug in die kleinste gesellschaftliche Einheit, die Familie, gleichkam und mit einem konservativen Wertewandel einherging. Auch das Hollywoodkino reagierte auf die geänderte sozio-politische Situation in den USA, die mit dem Schlagwort "New Traditionalism" überschrieben werden kann. Als erzählendes Medium bot es eine Plattform für die narrative Verarbeitung des erlittenen Traumas. Die Familie war dabei ein amerikanischer Wert, auf den das Hollywoodkino - unter Rückgriff auf Mütter und Väter - wieder verstärkt Bezug nahm. Das vorliegende Buch, das die Veröffentlichung der Dissertationsschrift der Autorin im Fach Amerikanistik darstellt, befasst sich mit der filmischen Repräsentation von Müttern und Vätern, wie sie nach dem 11. September im Hollywoodkino zu beobachten war. In Vorbereitung der Filmanalysen wird zunächst der Problemhorizont skizziert, der Stellenwert von kritischer Theorie im Zuge von 9/11 bestimmt und der theoretische Zusammenhang von Nation und Familie hergestellt. Die beiden Analysekapitel bestehen aus dem close reading von jeweils vier spezifischen Mutter- und Vaterdiskursen, die eine Typologie bilden und sich in jeweils verschiedenen Genres wiederfinden. Pro Typ werden 3-5 Filme analysiert. So findet sich zum Beispiel der Typ der "Kämpfenden Mutter" in Filmen wie Panic Room (2002) und Flightplan (2005) wieder. Väter, die ihr Kind und dabei die ganze Welt retten, sind in War of the Worlds (2005) und I Am Legend (2007) vertreten. Ein Jahrzehnt nach dem 11. September 2001 bietet die hier vorliegende Studie einen kleinen Ausschnitt aus der unmittelbar im Anschluss eingesetzten Sinnstiftung der Katastrophe durch das Medium Film. Dabei wird deutlich, dass die Kategorien "Mutter" und "Vater" für patriotische Zwecke von kommerziell extrem erfolgreichen Filmen verstärkt mit der Idee eines biologischen Determinismus verknüpft werden. Differenziertere Betrachtungsweisen fanden sich dagegen nur in wenigen Nischenfilmen, die teils nur einen eingeschränkten Rezipientenkreis erreichten. Eine kritische Bewertung dieses neuen Traditionalismus durch den Hollywoodfilm findet daher fast nicht statt; am Ende der Filme ist die Ordnung stets wieder hergestellt.


Industrialization, Industrial Heritage, De-Industrialization: Literary and Visual Representations of Pittsburgh and Chemnitz

Hg: Evelyne Keitel, Cecile Sandten, Gunter Süß. CHAT: Chemnitzer Anglistik/Amerikanistik Today. 2009.

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Pittsburgh, the American world capital of steel was, to all intents and purposes, "born out of fire": Iron and steel created this city. Chemnitz, the former "Manchester of Saxony," was dominated by the textile industry and engine construction. Both cities experienced a severe structural change and had to re-develop by the beginning of the 21st century. One of the central tasks confronting those seeking to invent 'narratives' for a new belonging in former industrialized centres such as Chemnitz and Pittsburgh is in the presence of the industrial heritage at all levels in the respective cityscapes. Paintings, movies, narrative texts and poems tend to foreclose alternative ways of thinking and seeing.
This collection of essays, largely the fruit of a symposium organized under the auspices of English Literatures and American Studies at Chemnitz University of Technology and the Industrial Museum of Saxony in Chemnitz, explores how industrialization and de-industrialization have taken such a firm hold on artists and writers in Pittsburgh and Chemnitz and provides a predominantly cultural perspective on those phenomena. The book is ordered chronologically. The essays collected examine various manifestations and literary as well as cultural representations of industrialization and de-industrialization primarily in Pittsburgh and Chemnitz. The contributors, for the most part young scholars in the areas of history, literature and sociology, offer a panoply of viewpoints of Pittsburgh's and Chemnitz' interaction with industrialization, industrial heritage and de-industrialization.