Walserherbst, 29.08.2008-20.09.2008

Die erste Woche des 3 wöchigen Festivals hat einen literarischen Schwerpunkt. Unter dem Titel ‘Literatur & Musik am See’ wird zum Seewaldsee in Fontanella geladen.

Themengebiete beinhalten:
Exilliteratur – Literatur von ÖsterreicherInnen
Walser Literatur (Italien/Schweiz/Österreich)
Life-Hörspiel am See
Literatur-Baumhaus für Kinder

Die zweite Woche bietet ein Filmangebot mit preisgekrönten Filmen aus Europa zum Thema Heimat. Das Kino wird im Geroldshus in St. Gerold eingerichtet.

Die dritte Woche steht unter dem Zeichen ‘Theater im Freiraum Blons’.

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British Imperialism and culture

The significance of British Imperialism to culture
Sociology Essay

  • Assessment: Analytical exercise
  • Mark: A
  • Year: 2007
  • Wordcount: 2188

This essay contains close readings of
1) De Quincey T., Confessions of an English Opium Eater: The Malay (1822)
2) De Quincey T., Confessions of an English Opium Eater: Oriental Dreams (1822)
3) Coleridge S.T., Christable; Kubla Khan: A Vision; The Pains of Sleep: Kubla Khan (1816)

Tiffin (1995: 95) points out that more than “three quarters of the contemporary world has been directly and profoundly affected by imperialism and colonialism”. With the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, for instance, Britain was left in governing power over 200 million people , of whom a large proportion were Asians (Leask 1996: 235). These political developments went hand in hand with a wave of European artistic and scholarly interest in the cultures and languages of Eastern nations from about the 1760s onwards (Schwab 1996: 294-296). The increased encounter with other cultures, in person and via traveller narratives or cultural artefacts, had a deep impact on Britain’s cultural production.
Romantic poets , for example, adopted the imagery and narratives from these sources and looked to the Orient for creative and sublime inspiration but also with feelings of anxiety. Since language is one form through which thoughts and ideas are represented in a culture (Hall 2003: 1), the aim of this analytical exercise is both, to highlight the role of Romantic poetry in the construction of oriental stereotypes, and also, to investigate its significance in accordance with Said’s notion that the “Orient was almost a European invention” (Said 2004: 329). I will accomplish these aims by examining the discursive strategies employed in Romantic poetry, such as idealization of the Orient, the projection of fantasies and sexual desire as well as the drawing attention to cultural differences and the tendency to represent non-Europeans as the uncivilized and barbaric essential ‘Other’.
According to Hall (2003: 42-43) Foucault is concerned with “the production of knowledge (rather than just meaning)” through a particular discourse. Therefore…

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Gothic fiction - freedom for women

How and why has the Gothic been of importance in writing by and for women?
Literature Essay

  • Assessment: essay
  • Mark: A
  • Year: 2006
  • Wordcount: 3285

The Gothic genre arose with the publication of Walpole’s Castle of Otranto in 1764, and achieved instantly a high popularity. It was particularly associated with female writers and readers (Markman 2003: 48). The Gothic novels of the first wave consist often of a formulaic plot around a hidden crime that feature stereotypical characters in a medieval setting and draw on supernatural occurrences (Markman 2003: 1-16). Within these tensions of gothic horror, female writers and readers started to explore their private fears and desires. On the one hand, many Gothic texts written by women draw on female fears of male oppression and betrayal. On the other hand, these texts picture female desires in exploring the themes of identity and sexuality, and feature heroines that are models of resistance.
This essay will examine the importance of Gothic fiction as a space of freedom for women during the late 18th century. In looking at Radcliffe’s Romance of the Forest and Austen’s Northanger Abbey, I will particularly focus on the construction of female identity, the theme of female oppression as well as the function of the Gothic heroine. In the first part, I will examine the significance of Gothic fiction for the female reader. After that I will highlight the opportunities within this genre for the female author. The aim of this essay is to provide evidence that suggests that the significance of the Gothic genre lies in the texts’ function to serve as a “reflective distortion of social reality” (Meyers 2001: 17) with an aim to question and test out 18th century boundaries and limits.
Gothic texts crossed social boundaries in exploring “new extremes of feeling, through the representation of scenes and events well beyond the normal range of experience” (Clery 2000: 13). These new emotions are often linked to the texts’ exploration of female fears and desires that were regarded as inappropriate in 18th century society…

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