Books from the field of cultural studies

Rombach Wissenschaft's cultural studies collection covers a wide spectrum. Sources and studies on the literary and cultural history of modern Catholicism are published in the series 'Catholica'. 'Cultura' comprises works from linguistics and literary studies, while the monographs and anthologies published in 'Scenae' focus on dance and theatre studies.


Berliner Kulturwissenschaft

Edited by Thomas Macho, Hartmut Böhme and Christina von Braun

Catholica: Quellen und Studien zur Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte des modernen Katholizismus

Edited by Claus Arnold, Wilhelm Kühlmann, Thomas Pittrof, Günter Schnitzler and Peter Walter

While the ecclesial, theological and social history of modern Catholicism, which has developed since 1800, has been researched extensively, its manifestations with regard to literary and cultural history have tended to receive merely sparse attention and be regarded with extreme reservation. In this regard, the series entitled ‘Catholica’ breaks new ground, primarily in German-speaking research into this field. By being the first series to raise awareness of the broad spectrum of the image of literary Catholicism since 1800 in terms of literary aesthetics, historical assessment, cultural appraisal, the history of piety and intellectualism, and the intensive interdependence between and permeation of authors and milieus, plus their mutual distancing from each other, it shows that Catholic literature is also part of the plural modernity of the 19th and 20th centuries, which abounds with self-contradictions.

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Edited by Gabriele Brandstetter, Ursula Renner and Günter Schnitzler

This series of publications is primarily reserved for those works which pursue new avenues of cultural studies research in the humanities and also address interdisciplinary issues. First and foremost, therefore, it places particular emphasis on studies which are able to go beyond merely taking an, at times, overly isolated view of individual subjects by dealing with cultural studies issues and by broadening horizons.

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Modernity and Media. Studies in Literature and Media Culture in the 1920s

Edited by Andreas Blödorn and Stephan Brössel

This series brings together contributions that focus on the literature and media culture of the 1920s in German-speaking countries and that, in particular, conduct textual analyses of social and cultural aspects in literature and theatre, photography, film and cinema, radio plays and radio, plus other forms of the media (e.g. magazines and journals). In this respect, the series focuses specifically on the intermedia and transmedia interplay and relationships between literature and the media, of which Döblin’s novel Berlin Alexanderplatz is a typical example, which was transformed into a radio play and a film, projects in which the author was also involved, and epitomised by Fritz Lang’s two-part film Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler, which was produced at the same time as the novel by Norbert Jacques was published in the weekly magazine Berliner Illustrirte and which was promoted in the media with reports from the film set.

In addition to addressing such interconnections between literature, culture and the media in the Weimar Republic, the series—particularly in terms of the defining medium of film—also examines international aspects of the changing media culture in the 1920s, in which the dimension of sound also accompanied the rise of the new "visual culture" (Béla Balázs). With the development of talking films, an increasing number of international collaborative projects were launched, in which the film industry—as typified by Der blaue Engel, the film adaptation of Heinrich Mann’s novel Professor Unrat—experimented with so-called multilingual productions in order to break into the US market and Hollywood above all.


Edited by Gabriele Brandstetter and Clemens Risi

Monographs, anthologies and conference proceedings that address subjects from the fields of dance, theatre studies and musical theatre studies are published in the series entitled Scenae, which was founded in 2013. In view of the multifaceted variety of the performing arts and media, it examines issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and constantly bears in mind the fascinating interplay between theory and practice and between academic study and art.

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Thanatologische Studien | Thanatological Studies

Edited by Thorsten Benkel

Dying, death and grief have to be regarded as fundamental aspects of cultural coexistence because humans cannot avoid dealing with them when they live with others. A diminishing circle of friends and family, the pain of loss, the transformation of a living being into a dead body, the symbols and rituals of saying farewell to the deceased, plus the contribution of medical, religious and other forms of expertise along with many other aspects reveal, on the one hand, the potential of the utter devastation a person’s death can trigger. On the other, these forms of expression and modes of behaviour also underline that dying and death are not purely natural occurrences. They transpire amid societal mechanisms which reflect a large and, at times, contradictory variety of reflective processes in addressing the finite nature of life.

Death is a human’s greatest certainty in life. In this respect, the series of publications Thanatological Studies provides a forum for both theoretical and empirical works which address the social, normative, aesthetic, spiritual, bodily, psychological and other facets of death and dying, and by extension grief and remembrance, from the perspectives of different academic disciplines.

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