Polland-Schmandt, Imke; Nünning, Ansgar (eds.)

The Cultural Work of Fictions

Trajectories of Literary Studies in the 21st Century

Taking its cue from the ubiquity of fictions in current society – regularly dubbed ‘post-truth’ era – this volume dedicates itself to the examination of fictions, the cultural work they engage in, and the functions they fulfill. We employ a broad definition of the notion of fiction that takes into account literary fictions as well as cultural fictions and pays respect to their pervasiveness and affordances. The contributions to this volume engage in exemplary analyses that offer a collection of the various facets of the cultural work of fictions. By way of model interpretations and case studies, the articles explore the interfaces of literary and socio-cultural fictions and the cultural work these fictions accomplish.

The contributors to this conceptual collection address one of the main research agendas in the contemporary study of literature and culture – namely the role and functions of fictions – and, on this basis, deliberate the trajectories of the study of literature and culture. In this way, they also contribute to strengthening the very institutional importance of literary studies in the academic landscape of the 21st century.


ISBN 978-3-86821-912-8, 216 S., 2 Abb., kt., € 32,50 (2021)

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