Cultural Transformations of the Public Sphere: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives by Bernd FischerCultural Transformations of the Public Sphere: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives by Bernd Fischer

Cultural Transformations of the Public Sphere: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

EditorBernd Fischer, May Mergenthaler

Paperback | August 20, 2015

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The last decade has seen renewed interest in political theories of the public sphere, reacting to new challenges posed by globalization, communication technology, and intra- and international conflicts. However, the role of culture and aesthetics in the formation of the public sphere has received insufficient analytical attention. The essays in this volume explore different strategies for enriching the ongoing debates on this issue, ranging from historical case studies to theoretical examinations of cultural interdependencies and the aesthetic potential of literature and art. The contributions implicitly challenge Jürgen Habermas’ assumption that the public discourse about art and literature should be seen as a mere precursor to the emergence of the public sphere in the eighteenth century, which, from his point of view, is best discussed in the terminology of political theory.
Topics range from the French Revolution’s exclusive social metaphors to Herder’s anticipation of virtual publics, from the distortions of public communication to revolutionary potentials of popular taste, and from postcolonial feuilletons to the global bio-political imaginaries evoked by mobile communication. The essays are intended for scholars and students in political theory and philosophy as well as in German, Latin American, and Modern Hebrew literature and culture.
Bernd Fischer is Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University. His specializations include literature and thought from the eighteeenth to the twenty-first century, nationalism, transculturality, and aesthetics of recognition. May Mergenthaler is Associate Professor in the Department of...
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Title:Cultural Transformations of the Public Sphere: Contemporary and Historical PerspectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:August 20, 2015Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Contents: Dorothea von Mücke: Public Space and the Public: Johann Gottfried Herder’s Approach to Real and Imagined Communities – Susanne Lüdemann: Fraternity as a Social Metaphor – Jade Larissa Schiff: Repressive Democracy: Pathological and Ontological Distortion in Habermas’ Theory of Communicative Action – Edgar Landgraf: Political Autonomy and the Public: From Lippmann to Luhmann – Christian J. Emden: Constitutionalizing the Public Sphere? Habermas and the Modern State – Juliane Rebentisch: Mass - People - Multitude: A Reflection on the Source of Democratic Legitimacy – Christoph Menke: A Different Taste: Neither Autonomy nor Mass Consumption – Kam Shapiro: Biopolitical Reflections: Cognitive, Aesthetic and Reflexive Mappings of Global Economies – Fernando Unzueta: National Novels and the Emergence of the Public Sphere in Latin America – Ignacio Corona: Gendering the Public Sphere: Literary Journalism by Women in Mexico and Brazil – Oded Nir: Totalizing Imaginaries: Collectivity and Utopia in Modern Hebrew Fiction from Altneuland to Neuland.