Literary Encounters of Fundamentalism

A Case Book

1. Edition, 2008
341 Pages

ISBN: 978-3-8253-5460-2
Product: Book
Edition: Hardcover
Subject: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Series: Anglistische Forschungen, Volume No.: 385
Available: 04.09.2008

Keywords: Literatur, Englisch, Geschichte, Aufsatzsammlung, Terrorismus, Instrumentalisierung, Nationalismus, Fundamentalismus, Fundamentalismus in Literatur, Dogmen, Religionsstreit

Literature, literary interpretation and criticism have always had an interestingly paradoxical relationship with fundamentalism: fundamentalisms are generally built on texts, which can be sacred and exclusive, and on a claim to exclusive authority for interpretation. Therefore they tend to see the cornucopian profusion of texts and interpretations so typical of Western concepts of Literature as a threat; a circumstance which has been widely exploited by writers and critics to engage with fundamentalism on its home turf.

The volume addresses the cultural given that the term ‘fundamentalism’ has acquired such wide-spread currency, at least in the West. In their various approaches, the contributions examine what fundamentalism has come to signify for those who use the term so extensively and so indiscriminately; and they try to establish what this implies for reaching more productive and positive positions in negotiating fundamentalisms. In doing so, the contributors offer investigations of literary approaches to fundamentalism across a wide range of important contemporary discourses and from a number of cultural perspectives. Readers will expand their understanding of the significance of fundamentalism, and of the value of literature as a highly specialized medium for explorations in this field.