Context in Literary and Cultural Studies

Edited by Jakob Ladegaard and Jakob Gaardbo Nielsen


Context in Literary and Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary volume that deals with the challenges of studying works of art and literature in their historical context today. The relationship between artworks and context has long been a central concern for aesthetic and cultural disciplines, and the question of context has been asked anew in all eras. Developments in contemporary culture and technology, as well as new theoretical and methodological orientations in the humanities, once again prompt us to rethink context in literary and cultural studies. This volume takes up that challenge.

Introducing readers to new developments in literary and cultural theory, Context in Literary and Cultural Studies connects all disciplines related to these areas to provide an interdisciplinary overview of the challenges different scholarly fields today meet in their studies of artworks in context. Spanning a number of countries, and covering subjects from nineteenth-century novels to rave culture, the chapters together constitute an informed, diverse and wide-ranging discussion.

The volume is written for scholarly readers at all levels in the fields of Literary Studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Art History, Film, Theatre Studies and Digital Humanities. 

Jakob Gaardbo Nielsen is a PhD student at the Department of Comparative Literature at Aarhus University, Denmark. His PhD project is entitled ‘Dirty Money and Indifferent Writing: A Comparative History of Finance in English and French Literature, 1797-1895’. He has published on Anthony Trollope and nineteenth-century British it-narratives, and is currently co-editing a special issue of Victorian Review on the topic of 'Fraud and Forgery'.

Jakob Ladegaard is Associate Professor in Comparative Literature, Aarhus University. He is a literary scholar who also occasionally writes about cinema. His research is primarily concerned with the relations between literature, politics and economy. He currently heads the research project, 'Unearned Wealth - A Literary History of Inheritance, 1600-2015', funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. The project uses digital methods to study English and French literary representations of inheritance.


 I Contexts of Production

1. Cosmopolitanism and the Historical/Contextual Paradigm
 Bruce Robbins

2. Witness narratives in context: Analysing the political prison writings of Graciliano Ramos and Luandino Vieira
Elisa Scaraggi

3. Literature as Testimony: Textual Strategies and Contextual Frameworks in Fatima Bhutto’s Songs of Blood and Sword
Ana Ashraf

II Interventions in Context

4. Between the ‘Audienzsaal’ and the bedroom: A feminist-narratological reading of female sovereignty in Caroline Auguste Fischer’s Der Günstling (1809)
Aude Defurne

5. Literary form and limited liability: It-narratives and the context of corporate law in the British public sphere, 1860-1880
Jakob Gaardbo Nielse

6. Homeland(s) in Comparison: Contexts of Reterritorialization
 Susana Araújo

III New Contexts

7. Swimming against the Hetero- and Homonormative Tide: A Queer Reading of Wolfgang Tillmans’ Photo Installation (2004-09) in the Panorama Bar at Berlin’s Nightclub Berghain
Oliver Klaassen

8. Performative Contexts in Contemporary Theatre: Towards the Emancipation of the Relational Sphere
Belén Tortosa Pujante

9. I Object to Your Position: Hyperreal Decontextualizing of Objects
Ana Calvete

10. From data to actual context
Mads Rosendahl Thomsen

Format: Hardback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

230 Pages

9 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2019

ISBN: 9781787356269

Publication: June 24, 2019

Series: Comparative Literature and Culture

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