The Cartography of the Political Novel in Europe

In the CAPONEU research consortium, researchers and practitioners examine how a specific literary genre (the political novel) deals with political issues in various national and cultural contexts, thereby shaping the perception of local and global politics. The project’s goal is to assess the political novel as an important element of the European cultural heritage and as a tool for community building and European advocacy. The consortium brings together an interdisciplinary research team that seeks not only to unpack the rich literary heritage of the 20th century but also (through collaboration with a wide range of actors) to make the political novel relevant to our present.

The joint project is coordinated by the University of Zagreb and includes research groups from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the University of Cambridge, the University of Brighton, the University of Nicosia, the ZfL and the research organization Autonomy. The consortium aims to establish a new journal that will deal with the various facets of the relationship between literature and politics. CAPONEU also works with literary institutions and libraries. In monthly book clubs in Zagreb and Berlin, contemporary European novels that deal with political issues are discussed. In various locations, the CAPONEU team works with schools, not only analyzing the content and political implications of reading recommendations in the education system, but also developing new ones.

 

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. The European Union cannot be held responsible for them.

This project has received funding under the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme (grant agreement 101094658: CAPONEU). 2023–2027
Head researcher (ZfL): Patrick Eiden-Offe
Researchers (ZfL): Kyung-Ho Cha, Ivana Perica, in collaboration with Johanna-Charlotte Horst (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Christoph Schaub (University of Vechta)
Contact: caponeu@zfl-berlin.org
 
 

  

Publications

Benjamin Kohlmann, Ivana Perica (ed./eds.)

The Political Uses of Literature
Global Perspectives and Theoretical Approaches, 1920–2020

Bloomsbury Academic, New York 2024, 312 pages
ISBN 978-15-01-39933-6 (Print); 978-15-01-39931-2 (PDF); 978-15-01-39932-9 (EPub)
Benjamin Kohlmann, Ivana Perica (ed./eds.)

Peripheral Europes
Special Issue Critical Quarterly

Vol. 65, Issue 4
Wiley, Weinheim 2023, 104 pages
ISSN 0011-1562 (Print); 1467-8705 (online)
Kyung-Ho Cha

Der gute Staatsbürger
Die politische Ethik der Literatur 1789–1848

Wallstein, Göttingen 2023, 528 pages
ISBN 978-3-8353-5513-2

Kyung-Ho Cha

Patrick Eiden-Offe

  • Klammer zu, in: Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte (2023)

Ivana Perica

Christoph Schaub

  • An Autofictional Intervention into Working-class Literature: Karin Struck’s Klassenliebe and the Werkkreis Literatur der Arbeitswelt, in: Benjamin Kohlmann, Ivana Perica (eds.): The Political Uses of Literature. Global Perspectives and Theoretical Approaches, 1920–2020. New York: Bloomsbury Academic 2024, 181–198
  • Materialistische Weltliteraturanalyse: Zwischen praxeologischen Perspektiven und Weltsystem-Analyse, in: Roman Widder, Florian Kappeler (eds.): Umstülpen. Zur Praxis materialistischer Literaturinterpretation. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink 2023, 121–136

Events

Lecture
24 Oct 2024 – 25 Oct 2024

Aurore Peyroles: »Assembly« de Natasha Brown : que faire d’une colère qui n’appelle pas à la lutte ?

Université d’Amiens

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Lecture
24 Sep 2024 – 27 Sep 2024

Aurore Peyroles: Herméneutique du détour : la banlieue romanesque de l’entre-deux-guerres ou le deuil du progrès

University of Passau

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Book club
10 Jun 2024 · 7.00 pm

Wladimir Sorokin: Manaraga

Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin, Kaminzimmer

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Workshop
06 Jun 2024 – 07 Jun 2024

European Centers and Peripheries in the Political Novel

Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Pariser Str. 1, 10719 Berlin

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Workshop
23 May 2024 – 24 May 2024

The Political Novel in Europe and Experiences of Migration/Exile

Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań

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Book club
13 May 2024 · 7.00 pm

Anna Burns: Milchmann

Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin, Kaminzimmer

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Lecture
11 May 2024 · 11.30 am

Kyung-Ho Cha: Sebalds Insekten

Sonthofen

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Lecture
30 Apr 2024 · 7.00 pm

How relational reading disrupts the canon

online via Zoom

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Lecture
10 Apr 2024

Ivana Perica, Aurore Peyroles: Der politische Roman als ein Genre, welches “does not dare to speak its name”

Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus

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Book club
08 Apr 2024 · 7.00 pm

Kathrin Röggla: Laufendes Verfahren

Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin, Kaminzimmer

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Book club
18 Mar 2024 · 7.00 pm

Deniz Ohde: Streulicht

Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin, Kaminzimmer

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Lecture
16 Mar 2024 · 9.30 am

Kyung-Ho Cha: Postcolonial critique and decolonial practice in the postmigrant comedy “Verrücktes Blut”

Fondation de l’Allemagne – Maison Heinrich Heine, Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, 27 C, Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris

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Workshop
15 Mar 2024 – 16 Mar 2024

Political Novel in Historiographical and Sociological Perspective: Structures and Analogies

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ul. Ivana Lučića 3, 10000, Zagreb

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Book club
19 Feb 2024 · 7.00 pm

Dinçer Güçyeter: Unser Deutschlandmärchen

Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin, Kaminzimmer

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Book club
15 Jan 2024 · 7.00 pm

Georgi Gospodinov: Zeitzuflucht

Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin, Kaminzimmer

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Lecture
12 Jan 2024 · 9.15 am

Ivana Perica: Whose ‘equality’ and whose ‘freedom’? Adania Shibli‘s “Minor Detail”

University of Cambridge

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Book club
18 Dec 2023 · 7.00 pm

Michel Houellebecq: Unterwerfung

Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin, Kaminzimmer

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Book club
20 Nov 2023 · 7.00 pm

Marie Darrieussecq: Unser Leben in den Wäldern

Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin, Kaminzimmer

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Book club
23 Oct 2023 · 7.00 pm

Natasha Brown: Zusammenkunft

Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin, Kaminzimmer

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Roundtable | in German
28 Sep 2023 · 8.00 pm

Literature in Times of Crisis: What Can the Novel Do?

Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Pariser Str. 1, 10719 Berlin

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CAPONEU Annual Conference
27 Sep 2023 – 29 Sep 2023

What is the Political Novel: Defining the Genre

Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Pariser Str. 1, 10719 Berlin

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Lecture
15 Jul 2023 · 3.40 pm

Ivana Perica: Das politische Imaginäre, der politische Roman

online

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