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"Definitionen sind unfruchtbar." Der Essay, seine Beweglichkeit und die Landkarten Europas.

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Authors Edgar Platen
Published in I: Liisa Laukkanen, Christoph Parry (Hg.): Schreiben zwischen Sprachen. Ausgewählte Beiträge der 3. Internatinalen Arbeitstagung "Germanistische Forschungen zum Text", Vaasa 19.-20.5.2016. (= Perspektiven. Nordeuropäische Studien zur deutschsprachigen Literatur und Kultur)
Pages 105-118
ISBN 978-3-86205-595-1
ISSN 2363-6939
Publisher Iudicium
Place of publication München
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Pages 105-118
Language de
Keywords Essay, Transkulturalität, Mitteleuropadiskurs
Subject categories General Literature Studies


The paper discusses the essay as a literary form eminently suited to give expression to the fundamental mobility and transculturality characteristic of the European situation. It starts with the theoretical discussion of the nature of the essay as a malleable hybrid genre which is neither fictional nor strictly scholarly but which is inherently dependent on intertextuality thus reflecting the flux and hybridity of Europe. In a second step exemplary essays on Europe by Karl-Markus Gauss, Libuše Monikova and Yoko Tawada are discussed.

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