By opening up the possibility of „making the unreal seem real and the real unreal“ (Koschorke 2018), narration can be employed as a technique of political truth production in order to found legitimacy and power claims. Especially populist discourses appropriate narrative devices and epistemological narrative orders to give an imaginative foundation to a new truth of the political. In doing so, populist narratives not only challenge political dispositifs, but (re-)negotiate the relationship between factual and fictional narration. To what extent narration proves to be a genuinely „political practice“ (Gadinger et al. 2014, original in German) shall be examined on three levels: In the first part of the project, populist discourses are analyzed in terms of their genuine literaricity (1. Aestheticization of Politics); apart from these ‚narratives of politics,‘ the second part examines ‚narratives of the political,‘ i. e. fictional contemporary literature that refers back to populist discourses (2. Politicization of Aesthetics); lastly, the third part negotiates the epistemic relationship between literature and society, fiction and societal truth (3. Aesthetics of Truth).

Politicization of Aesthetics

Second Part

Politicization of Aesthetics

Aesthetics of Truth

Third Part

Aesthetics of Truth

Selected Publications

Carolin Amlinger: "Rechts dekonstruieren. Die Neue Rechte und ihr ambivalentes Verhältnis zur Postmoderne", in: Leviathan 48/2 (2020) (in press).
Carolin Amlinger: "Männerkörper und Textphantasien. 'Männerphantasien', literaturwissenschaftlich gelesen", in: Merkur 74/850 (March 2020), pp. 65-74. PDF

 

 

Further Information & Contact

University of Basel
Carolin Amlinger
Department of German Studies
Nadelberg 4
4051 Basel