Literary Cultures

Literary Cultures

The term “Literary Cultures” emphasizes the cultural studies character of literary studies as practiced in the range of cultural studies in Lüneburg. The core area – as in traditionally oriented institutes of literary studies – is initially and above all dedicated to literary works: their aesthetics, the circumstances of their production, their history, and the readings they have engendered. Yet literary cultures go beyond the individual literary work in at least two ways. First, in intracultural regard by elucidating different cultures of production and reception within a society, which partially exist totally independent of each other; second, in intercultural regard, by addressing processes of global cultural exchange in relation to literature.

Literary studies oriented toward cultural studies is obliged to interdisciplinarity. Still based on traditional branches of philology and their theory formations, the questions raised in research and teaching are transdisciplinary and genuinely oriented toward cultural studies. Therefore, themes that can be sensibly addressed only in conjunction with fields of cultural studies are particularly relevant. These cross-section themes include interculturality, mediality, cultural memory, gender relations, and relations of violence. For this reason, Literary Cultures in Lüneburg collaborates not only with the humanities – history, philosophy, media and art history, as well other branches of philology – but also with the social sciences.

“Literary Cultures” in Lüneburg does not intend to offer a full study course of literary studies, but students can at all times place a focus on this field and write their Bachelor and Masters thesis as well as their doctorate here.

In the Leuphana bachelor in the “Cultural Studies” Major, the focus can be placed on the field of “Literary Cultures” by selecting certain modules of “Integral Cultural Analysis,” e.g., “Media Culture and Aesthetics” or “Literature, Text, Reading.” In both the “Research Project Seminar” and the “Independent Studies” module, the focus can be placed on subjects related to literary studies. The subject of the Masters thesis can also be oriented toward literary studies.