Mona Körte (ed./eds.)

Retrogrades Erzählen in Literatur, Kunst und Wissenschaft
[Reverse Affairs. Retrograde Narrative in Literature, Art, and Science]

Zeitschrift für Deutsche Philologie. Special issue to volume 138
Erich Schmidt Verlag, Berlin 2019, 265 pages
ISBN 978-3-503-18889-5 (Print), 978-3-503-18890-1 (E-Book)

Retrograde narratives are defined by their reversal of the temporal progression of an event and, thus, form a special case of non-causal-coherent narrative. In them, the narrated world as a constellation of spatiotemporal units comes apart at the joints, letting time emerge from the inconspicuous background of an event.

Such inversions are frequently used in literature, art and science and, by virtue of their revolution of chronology, can cause quite an upheaval. In the philosophy of history and the historical sciences, retrograde narrative is a critical alternative to teleological trajectories. In literature, film, and the music video it indicates a mistrust in the established chronology—or rather—the causal relationships of certain events, seeking to open spaces for rethinking such connections.

The contributions of this comparative and interdisciplinary special edition fathom the peotological and epistemological conditions of retrograde narrative and explore what is special about the inversion of events in case studies from literature, art and science.

With contributions by Susanne Gödde, Charis Goer, Jeffrey A. Grossman, Herbert Kopp-Oberstebrink, Mona Körte, Sulgi Lie, Hannah Markus, Claas Morgenroth, Michael Niehaus, Ulrike Schneider, Susanne Strätling, Georg Toepfer and Stefan Willer.

In German.


03 May 2018 – 05 May 2018


ZfL, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin, 3. Et., Trajekte-Tagungsraum

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