Publishing Programme 2019/2020

All presently available and upcoming titles are listed in our current publisher's preview.

Coming soon

Ute Günkel-Maschek
Minoische Bild-Räume. Neue Untersuchungen zu den Wandmalereien des spätbronzezeitlichen Palastes von Knossos

This volume presents a new analysis of the wall paintings discovered over a hundred years ago in one of the most important centres of Minoan culture, the palace at Knossos. Introducing the theoretical concept of Bild-Raum, a relational construct linking pictorial elements with humans, actions and places, the aim is to produce new insights as to the types of rituals, ideas and people which can be related with individual parts of the palace based on the decoration painted on the walls. The images and architecture of three key areas of the palace are studied in broad detail, improving our understanding of performances and people involved and their role within the complex history of the Late Bronze Age palace at Knossos.

Coming in Summer 2020

Sarah Kiyanrad, Rebecca Sauer, Jan Scholz (Eds.)
Islamic self portraits. Festschrift for Susanne Enderwitz

Going beyond the framework of a mere “Festschrift” in cumulative terms, this volume aims at contributing to recent discussions in the subject area of Middle Eastern studies focusing on individual and autobiographical voices discernible in pre-modern and contemporary Muslim societies. This approach reflects Prof Susanne Enderwitz’ seminal works on the topics of autobiography/autofiction and Islamicate expressions of identity. Among the contributors are Lale Behzadi, Michael Ursinus, Henning Sievert, Paula Schrode, Johannes Zimmermann, Ines Weinrich, and many others.

Coming in Summer 2020

Ouafaa Qaddioui
Zur Negation im Gegenwartsdeutschen und im Modernen Hocharabisch. Eine linguistisch-kontrastive Untersuchung

The present study is a contrastive and empirical investigation of the negative markers nicht in contemporary German (CG) and laysa, lam, lan, lammā, lāta, and in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Four aspects are analyzed from a comparative point of view: (i) the morphological fusion of the negative markers with indefinites in CG and with clitic particles/suffixes in MSA, which creates a paradigm of negative markers similar to an auxiliary verb paradigm, (ii) the position of those markers in sentence structures, (iii) the interaction between negative markers and verbal or nominal categories, and (iv) the interactions between negation and information structure. Two novels were chosen as the main sources of sample data: “Sommerstück” (1989) (“Piece of Summer”) by Christa Wolf for CG and “Bayna al-Qasrayn” (1956) (“Palace Walk”) by Naǧib Maḥfūẓ for MSA. The goal of the study is to describe and compare the grammatical organization of negation in both languages.

Coming in Summer 2020

Steve Pagel
The roots of contact linguistics. On the emergence of the language contact paradigm in the science of language

Reflecting on language contact and language mixing is part of the European-Western occupation with language from the beginning. Starting with Plato, it is for a long time a rather unexcited reflection, until in the 19th century, the perspective changes radically: the normality of cases of contact and mixing is gone, they become a research taboo first and only a little later a research focus, from which a separate discipline, contact linguistics, emerges. This book, for the first time, tells the whole story of the study of language contact up to the 20th century, and shows how critical-historiographic studies can help to understand and advance current debates (for example, in creolistics).

Coming in Autumn 2020

Karin Seeber
Marie Luise Gothein’s “A History of Garden Art”
The image of the garden as text

Marie Luise Gothein’s „A History of Garden Art“, first published in 1914 and still in print, was immediately recognized as a classic, but has so far never been brought into focus as a seminal work of the discipline. This thesis examines the cultural scientist's intellectual and aesthetic concepts that guided her in her description of garden art. What defining concepts did she have when presenting the ever-changing art work of the garden in text and image? What role does the reform garden movement play, which was in full swing at the time of publication? The analysis of Gothein's descriptions of gardens, such as Villa d'Este, shows how fundamentally historical writing is influenced by the challenges of the time. The volumes reflect an ecocritical human approach to the environment.

Coming in Autumn 2020