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    English Literature and Cultural Studies

    Publikationen / publications

    Monographien / books

    The Drama of Memory in Shakespeare’s History Plays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

    Shortlisted for the Shakespeare's Globe Book Award 2016.

    This book analyses the drama of memory in Shakespeare's history plays. Situating the plays in relation to the extra-dramatic contexts of early modern print culture, the Reformation and an emergent sense of nationhood, it examines the dramatic devices the theatre developed to engage with the memory crisis triggered by these historical developments. Against the established view that the theatre was a cultural site that served primarily to salvage memories, Isabel Karremann also considers the uses and functions of forgetting on the Shakespearean stage and in early modern culture. Drawing on recent developments in memory studies, new formalism and performance studies, the volume develops an innovative vocabulary and methodology for analysing Shakespeare's mnemonic dramaturgy in terms of the performance of memory that results in innovative readings of the English history plays. Karremann's book is of interest to researchers and upper-level students of Shakespeare studies, early modern drama and memory studies.

    Reviewed in

    • Times Literary Supplement, 22 April 2016, 22-23.
    • Renaissance Quarterly, 70.1 (Spring 2017), 414-5.
    • Shakespeare Jahrbuch 153 (2017), 238-42.
    • SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Vol. 57:2 (Spring 2017), 427-474.

    Männlichkeit und Körper: Inszenierungen eines geschlechtsspezifischen Unbehagens im englischen Roman des 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhunderts. Königstein/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer Verlag, 2007.

     Wann ist der Mann ein Mann? Eines eint die Antworten, die im 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhundert darauf gefunden wurden: eine rigide, aber prekäre Abgrenzung von Nicht-Männlichem. Jenseits der Grenzen liegen die Seinsbereiche des Weiblichen, des Infantilen, Tierischen, Anderen. Die Grenze selbst verläuft über den Körper: Der Mann wird als frei von den Beschränkungen seiner materiellen Existzenz präsentiert. Körper ist das, was andere haben, mehr noch: was andere sind, was sie beherrschbar macht, männlicher Führung bedürftig. Die Studie zeigt die kultur- und literaturhistorischen Bedingungen auf, unter denen in Romanen von Defoe über Smollett bis Mary Shelley solche männlichen Dominanzphantasien entstehen - und wie ihnen der Körper in die Quere kommt.

    Reviewed in

    • Anglistik 21:2 (2010), 191-192.
    • Anglia 127:3 (2009), 548-552.
    • IASLonline, URL: www.iaslonline.de/index.php [Rezensionsdatum 26.04.2009, letzter Zugriff 27.09.2010]
    Sammelbände / edited collections

    Forms of Faith: Literary Form and Religious Conflict in Shakespeare’s England. Ed. Jonathan Baldo and Isabel Karremann. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017.

    Forms of Faith explores a range of literary and theatrical forms as means of mediating religious conflict in early modern England. Over the last decade, the area of early modern studies has been significantly reshaped by a 'religious turn', which has generated vigorous discussion of the changes and conflicts brought about by the Reformation and the ways in which literature engaged with them. Despite the centrality of confessional conflict, however, it did not always erupt into hostilities over how to symbolize and perform the sacred; nor did it lead to a paralysis of social agency. Rather, people had to arrange themselves somehow with divided loyalties - between the old faith and the new, between religious and secular interests, between officially sanctioned and privately held beliefs.
    The order of the day may well have been to suspend confessional allegiances rather than enforce religious conflict, suggesting a pragmatic rather than polemical handling of religious plurality, in social practice as well as in textual and dramatic representations. Can we conceive of literary representations as possible sites of de-escalation? Do different discursive, aesthetic or social contexts inflect or even deflect the demands of religious loyalties? How do textual or dramatic works both reflect on and perform such a suspension of confessional tensions? By placing the focus on negotiation instead of escalation, these thirteen essays by distinguished international scholars explore specific means of mediating religious conflict in a time when faith still mattered more than nationhood or race.

     

    Shakespeare in Cold War Europe: Conflict, Commemoration, Celebration. Ed. Erica Sheen and Isabel Karremann. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

    This essay collection examines the Shakespearian culture of Cold War Europe - Germany, France, UK, USSR, Poland, Spain and Hungary - from 1947/8 to the end of the 1970s. Written by international Shakespearians who are also scholars of the Cold War, the essays assembled here consider representative events, productions and performances as cultural politics, international diplomacy and sites of memory, and show how they inform our understanding of the political, economic, even military, dynamics of the post-war global order. The volume explores the political and cultural function of Shakespearian celebration and commemoration, but it also acknowledges the conflicts they generated across the European Cold War ‘theatre’, examining the impact of Cold War politics on Shakespearian performance, criticism and scholarship. Drawing on archival material, and presenting its sources both in their original language and in translation, it offers historically and theoretically nuanced accounts of Shakespeare’s international significance in the divided world of Cold War Europe, and its legacy today.

     

    Forgetting Faith? Negotiating Confessional Conflict in Early Modern Europe. Mit Cornel Zwierlein und Inga Mai Groote. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012.

    Early modern Europe faced a host of confessional conflicts. The Reformation brought about struggles over religious rites and doctrines as well as the persecution of secret adherents and forbidden practices. So far, the issues of religious pluralisation and the divisons between Catholic and Protestant positions, among sectarian movements, or between the church and the state, have been debated mostly in terms of dissent and escalation. Yet despite the centrality of confessional conflict, it did not always erupt into hostilities. Rather, everyday life had to go on, people had to arrange themselves somehow with divided loyalties - between the old faith and the new, between religious and secular interests or between officially sanctioned and privately held beliefs. The order of the day may have been, more often than not, to suspend confessional allegiances rather than enforce religious conflict, suggesting a pragmatic rather than polemical handling of religious plurality, in social practice as well as in textual and dramatic representations. This volume sets out to explore such a suggestion. The Title "Forgetting Faith?" raises the question whether it was necessary or indeed possible to sidestep religious issues in specific contexts and for specific purposes.

    reviewed in

     

    Mediating Identities in Eighteenth-Century England: Public Negotiations, Literary Discourses, Topographies. Ed. by Isabel Karremann and Anja Müller. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011.

    Through case studies from diverse fields of cultural studies, this collection examines how different constructions of identity were mediated in England during the long eighteenth century. While the concept of identity has recieved much critical attention, the question of how identities were medieated usually remains implicit. This volume engages in a critical discussion of the connection between historically specific categories of identity determined by class, gender, nationality, religion, political factions and age, and the media available at the time, including novels, newspapers, trial reports, images and the theatre. Representative case studies are the arrival of children's literature as a genre, the creation of masculine citizenship in Defoe's novels, the performance of gendered and national identities by the actress Kitty Clive or in plays by Henry Fielding and Richard Sheridan, fashion and the public sphere, the emergence of the Whig and Tory parties, the radical culture of the 1790s, and visual representations of domestic and imperial landscape. Recognizing the proliferation of identities in the epoch, these essays explore the ways in which different media determined constructions of identity and were in turn shaped by them.

    reviewed in 

    • Anglistik 23:2 (2012), 232-234.
    • Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 36: 4 (December 2013), 606-607.
    Aufsätze / articles

    "Geschlechterdifferenz". Der Neue Pauly: Lexikon zur Antikenrezeption in Aufklärung und Klassizismus. Supplemente 13: Das 18. Jahrhundert. Hg. von Joachim Jacob und Johannes Süßmann. Stuttgart, Metzler. Forthcoming 2018.

    "Post-reformation memory culture: Ritual forgetting in Anthony and Cleopatra", Shakespeare-Jahrbuch 154, forthcoming.

    "The Rhetoric of Amnesia in King Lear", South-Atlantic Review, Special Issue "Memory and Forgetting in Early Modern Europe", eds George Core and Wiliiam Engel, forthcoming.

    "Die Kunst des Lesens: Laurence Sternes Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman." Die Kunst des Erzählens, hrsg. von Michael Erler und Dorothea Klein. Würzburg Königshausen und Neumann, 2017. 147-164.

    "Introduction: A World of Difference. Religion, literary form, and the negotiation of conflict in early modern England." Forms of Faith: Literary Forms and Religious Conflict in Shakespeare's England, ed. by Jonathan Baldo and Isabel Karremann. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1-17.

    "Edmund Spenser’s The Ruines of Time as a Protestant Poetics of Mourning and Commemoration". Forms of Faith: Literary Form and Religious Conflict in Shakespeare’s England. Ed. by Jonathan Baldo and Isabel Karremann. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017. 90-109.

    "The Cultural Poetics of the Quatercentenary in Germany". Cold War Shakespeare: Commemoration, Celebration, Conflict. Palgrave Pivot Series. Ed. by Erica Sheen and Isabel Karremann. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 37-50.

    "Moderne mit und ohne Tiere: The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719)". In: Robinsons Tiere, Hg. Roland Borgards. Freiburg: Rombach, 2015. 89-113.

    "Human/Animal Relations in Romantic Poetry: The Creaturely Poetics of Christoper Smart and John Clare". European Journal of English Studies 19:1, 2015. (Special Issue The Creaturely, ed. Virginia Richter, Greta Olson, Pieter Vermeulen.) 94-110.

    "Venedig: Ambiguität der Republik". Handbuch Literatur & Raum, hg. von Jörg Dünne und Andreas Mahler. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015. 379-387.

    "Nostalgic Spectacle and the Politics of Memory in Henry VIII". Shakespeare Survey 67, 2014: 180-190.

    "Schulden machen Theater: Produktive Geldkrisen bei Shakespeare". Shakespeare-Jahrbuch 150, 2014: 17-41.

    "Animals and the Question of Literature". Social Alternatives 32:4, 2014: 21-27.

    "Aboard the Raging Queen: Eighteenth-Century Pirates as Queer Icons on the Contemporary Screen". The New Eighteenth Century: Re-Presenting Restoration, Enlightenment and Romanticism in Contemporary Literature and Film. In Honour of Hans-Peter Wagner . Eds. Anja Müller, Achim Hescher, and Anke Uebel Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2014. 139-154.

    "A Passion for the Past: The Politics of Nostalgia on the Jacobean Stage." In Passions and Subjectivity in Early Modern Culture, hg. von Brian Cummings und Freya Sierhuis. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013. 149-164.

    "Das ethische Potential des Vergessens – Eine Annäherung". In Potentiale des Vergessens, hg. von André Blum, Theresa Georgen, Wolfgang Knapp, Veronica Sellier. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2012. 93-115.

    "The Art of Oblivion: Semiotics – Pragmatics – Hermeneutics". In Die Soziokulturelle (De-) Konstruktion des Vergessens: Bruch und Kontinuität in den Gedächtnisrahmen um 1945 und 1989, hg. von Nicoletta Diasio und Klaus Wieland. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2012. 49-63.

    "Introduction". Mit Cornel Zwierlein und Inga Mai Groote. In Forgetting Faith: Negotiating Confesional Conflict in Early Modern Europe. Hgs. ibid. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012. 1-40.

    "Deafness as conditio humana in Eighteenth-Century Writings: The Case of Duncan Campbell". In Taste and the Senses in the Eighteenth-Century, ed. by Hans-Peter Wagner and Frédéric Ogée. Trier: WVT, 2011. 207-220.

    "The Displeasures of the Imagination: Gender, Distaste, and Paranoia in Tobias Smollett's Humphry Clinker". In Taste and the Senses in the Eighteenth-Century, ed. by Hans-Peter Wagner and Frédéric Ogée. Trier: WVT, 2011. 361-380.

    "Augustan Manliness and its Anxieties: Shaftesbury and Swift". In Constructions of Masculinity in British Literature from the Middle Ages to the Present, ed. by Stafan Horlacher. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 109-127.

    "Introduction: Mediating Identities in Eighteenth-Century England". In Mediating Identities in Eighteenth-Century England, ed. by Isabel Karremann and Anja Müller. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 1-16.

    "Found and Lost in Mediation: Manly Identity in Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year". In Mediating Identities in Eighteenth-Century England, ed. by Isabel Karremann and Anja Müller. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 31-44.

    "’Memory by litterature?’ The mnemonic anxieties of medieval and early modern historiography". Mitteilungen des SFB 573 2/2011, 17-25.

    "Media Pluralization and Censorship in the Early Seventeenth Century: The Case of Thomas Middleton’s A Game at Chess". In Proceedings of the Anglistentag 2010, ed. by Joachim Frenk and Lena Steveker. Trier: WVT, 2011. 343-352.

    "'Drinking of the wyne of forgetfulnesse': The Blessings of Oblivion and the Early Modern Stage". Shakespearean Criticism 136, 2011: 122-128.

    "The Sea Will Make a Man of Him? A Genealogy of the Queer Pirate in the Popular Imagination from the Eighteenth into the Twenty-First Century", gender forum 32 (2011): www.genderforum.org/issues/historical-masculinities-as-an-intersectional-problem/the-sea-will-make-a-man-of-him/. no pagination.

    "Rites of Oblivion in Shakespearian History Plays". Shakespeare Survey 63, 2010: 24-36.

    "Macht-Körper-Sinn? Körper als Schnittstelle zwischen kultureller Einschreibung und verstörendem Eigensinn" (mit Carolin Roder). In Disturbing Bodies, ed. by Sylvia Mieszkowski and Christine Vogt-Williams. Berlin: trafo, 2008. 121-164.

    "'Drinking of the wyne of forgetfulnesse': The Blessings of Oblivion and the Early Modern Stage", Wissenschaftliches Seminar Online 6, 2008: 29-39
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    "Meaning by Critics: Klassikerverehrung als Ausschlußpolitik" (mit Carolin Roder). Shakespeare-Jahrbuch 141, 2005: 119-132.

    "Männlichkeitsforschung und Literatur(wissenschaft) in Deutschland". Jahrbuch für Finnisch-Deutsche Literaturbeziehungen 36, 2004: 33-46.

    "'I’d Rather be a Cyborg than a Goddess': Reading the Cyborg Poetics of Eavan Boland’s In Her Own Image". Nordic Irish Studies 3:1, 2004: 113-126.

    "'One and One is Two, Three is Potency: the Dynamics of the Erotic Triangle in Othello". In: 'Nothing but papers, my lord': Studies in Early Modern English language and literature, ed. by Jorge L. Bueno Alonso et al. Vigo: Servicio de Publicatións da Universidade de Vigo, 2003. 111-121.

    Rezensionen / reviews

    Peter Wagner, An Introduction to British and Irish Fiction (Trier: WVT, 2014). In: Anglia 134:4, 2016: 711-715.

    Roland Weidle, Englische Literatur der Frühen Neuzeit. Eine Einführung. Grundlagen der Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Band 37 (Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2013). In: AAA – Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 40, 2015: 1-2.

    April London, The Cambridge Introduction to the Eighteenth Century Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012). In: Anglia 132:2, 611-615. (2013). Jonathan Baldo, Memory in Shakespeare’s Histories: Stages of Forgetting (New York: Routledge, 2012). In: Anglia 131:4, 2014: 667-671.

    Jonathan Baldo, Memory in Shakespeare's Histories: Stages of Forgetting (New York: Routledge, 2012). In: Anglia 131:4, 2013: 667-671.

    Martin Middeke and Christina Wald, The Literature of Melancholia: Early Modern to Postmodern (Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave, 2011). In: Anglia 130:4, 2012: 592–597.

    Norbert Lennarz, "My Unwash’t Muse": Die (De-)Konstruktion der Erotik in der englischen Literatur des 17. Jahrhunderts . In: Anglia 128, 2010: 513-518.

    Warren Chernaik, The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's History Plays (2007); Ton Hoenselaars, ed., Shakespeare's History Plays (2007); Dermot Cavanagh et al., eds., Shakespeare's Histories and Counter-Histories (2006); Paulina Kewes, ed., The Uses of History in Early Modern England (2006). In: Shakespeare-Jahrbuch 145, 2009: 246-249.

    The Handbook of Lesbian and Gay Studies , eds. Diane Richardson and Steven Seidman (Sage, 2003). In: Rac(e)ing Questions II, gender forum 10, 2004: www.genderforum.uni-koeln.de

    Sylvia von Arx, Sabine Gisin, Ita Grosz-Ganzoni, Monika Leuzinger, Andreas Sidler eds., Koordinaten der Männlichkeit: Orientierungsversuche (Tübingen: edition diskord, 2003). In: Gender Queeries, gender forum 8., 2004: www.genderforum.org/fileadmin/archiv/genderforum/queer/queer.html

    David Halperin, How to Do the History of Homosexuality (Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 2002). In: Anybody’s Concerns II: Gender and the Body, gender forum 7, 2004. www.genderforum.org/fileadmin/archiv/genderforum/anybody2/anybody2.html

    Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian Writing (London/ New York: Routledge, 2002). In: Anybody’s Concerns I: Gender and the Body, gender forum 6, 2003: www.genderforum.org/fileadmin/archiv/genderforum/anybody/anybody.html

    Stephen Whitehead, Men and Masculinities: Key Themes and New Directions (Cambridge: Pollity, 2002), erschienen in H(a)unted Heroines, gender forum 4, 2003: www.genderforum.org/fileadmin/archiv/genderforum/haunted/haunted.htm

    Michael Neill, Putting History to the Question: Power, Politics, and Society in English Renaissance Drama (New York: Columbia UP, 2001), in ZAA 2003:3, 319-321.

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