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Martin Kindermann

Dr. Martin Kindermann

Freie Universität Berlin

Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School

Alumnus FSGS

Field of Activity

English Literature

Email martin-kindermann@gmx.de

Martin Kindermann studied English Literature and Culture as well as North-American and Russian Literature at the University of Hamburg. He holds a PhD in English Literature, Language and Culture, the title of his dissertation is Zuhause im Text: Raumkonstitution und Erinnerungskonstruktion im zeitgenössischen anglo-jüdischen Roman (The Text Is Home: The Constitution of Space and the Construction of Memory in Contemporary Anglo-Jewish Novels).

He was a PhD fellow of the Landesgraduiertenförderung Hamburg and on a regular basis worked as a lecturer at the University of Hamburg and the Leuphana University Lüneburg. He published on Anglo-Jewish literature, Victorian literature, postcolonial and intercultural literature as well as narratological representations of space in literature. He is a member of the Literary London Society and, since 2013, he publishes in the Literary London Journal. Since October 2014 Martin Kindermann is a fellow of the Friedrich-Schlegel Graduate School.

At the University of Hamburg:

SoSe 2014           „The Poet in the City: Poetic Representations of Urbanity from Romanticism to the Present“

SoSe 2013           „Depicting an-Other: Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses

SoSe 2012           „Introduction to English Literary Studies“

SoSe 2011           „Anglo-Jewish Writing: Linda Grant’s The Clothes on Their Backs and Naomi Alderman’s Disobedience

WS 2010/2011    „Charles Dickens: Little Dorrit und Our Mutual Friend. Gesellschaftspanorama und Labyrinth“

At the Leuphana University Lüneburg:

SoSe 2014           „Mapping Intercultural London: Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Naomi Alderman’s Disobedience

WS 2013/2014    „The Two Sides of the Coin – Economics and Ethics in Anglo-American Writing“

 

Poetische Selbstkonstruktion religiöser Minderheiten im Großbritannien des 19. Jahrhunderts am Beispiel katholischer Autoren

PostDoc project

In his current project Martin Kindermann analyses modes of dialogic encounter which constitute conceptions of the self in the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Grace Aguilar and W. Abdullah Quilliam. One aim of the project is to relate poetic articulations of Catholicism to Jewish and Muslim writers, through which specific strategies in representing the religious self, which due to the minority status of all three religions is located on the cultural periphery, will be put into a comparative context.

Intertextual interaction – with the canonical religious pretext as well as the contemporary literary environment of Victorian Britain – and dialogic encounter with the Other here both provide the basis from which the poetic text foregrounds various conceptions of religiously defined selfhood. The project understands dialogic strategies as poetic means on different levels: in the interaction with the canonical religious pretext (Torah, Talmud, Bible, Qur’an) as well as with religious tradition and ritual (e.g. prayer rites), in the interaction with relevant literary discourses in Victorian Britain, in the articulation of intra- as well as interreligious discursive encounters, in the articulation of selfhood within the religious community and, finally, in relation to the Divine Thou.

Intertextual intertwinement with theological discourses herein has to be understood as vital context to the authors’ self-articulation. Therefore the project highlights relevant approaches in religious philosophy in Catholicism, Judaism and Islam and foregrounds interactions with the poetic conception of the human relationship to the Divine. This, at the same time, renders the marginalised self visible through dialogic encounters with the religious majority, the fellow congregants and God.

Research interests

  • Representations of religious identity in 19th century poetry
  • Anglo-Jewish literature
  • Postcolonial, intercultural and interreligious literature
  • Literary representations of space
  • The British novel from the 19th century to the present
  • Literary theory

Conference Organisation

06.09.-08.09.2012      with Rebekka Rohleder (Freie Universität Berlin): “Narrating Spaces – Reading Urbanity” self-reliant organisation of the fully externally funded conference at the University of Hamburg. Funded by Körber Stiftung, ICA – Inter-Cultural Activities e.V., DER SPIEGEL, Gehörlosenverein Niederelbe-Stade.

 

Monographs:

Zuhause im Text: Raumkonstitution und Erinnerungskonstruktion im zeitgenössischen anglo-jüdischen Roman (Neofelis: Berlin, 2014).

Articles:

         „Hybrid Presence: Der Erinnerungsraum in Bernardine Evaristos Soul Tourists“, in: Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich / Stefanie Kadenbach / Martin Kindermann (ed.): Innovation – Konvention: Transdisziplinäre Beiträge zu einem kulturellen Spannungsfeld (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2013), pp. 243-265.

          mit Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich und Stefanie Kadenbach: „Einleitung: The More Things Change“, in: Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich / Stefanie Kadenbach / Martin Kindermann (ed.): Innovation – Konvention: Transdisziplinäre Beiträge zu einem kulturellen Spannungsfeld (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2013), pp. 7-20.

         „The Narration of Space in Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend, Little Dorrit, and Bleak House“, in: Monika Fludernik / Benjamin Kohlmann (ed.): Anglistentag 2011 Freiburg. Proceedings (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2012), pp. 221-240.

         „Narrative Spaces and the Location of Jewish Identity in Naomi Alderman’s Disobedience“, in: Alina Gromova / Felix Heinert / Sebastian Voigt (ed.): Jewish and Non-Jewish Spaces in the Urban Context. Conference Proceedings (Berlin: Neofelis, to be published fall 2015).

         „Poetic Mobility and the Anglo-Jewish Self in Amy Levy’s and Elaine Feinstein’s Cityscapes“, in: Martin Kindermann / Rebekka Rohleder (ed.): Narrating Spaces – Reading Urbanity: Exploring the Spatial Semantics of the City across Cultural Texts. Conference Proceedings (to be published summer 2016).

         „Narration im (Text-)Raum: Jonathan Safran Foers Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close in raumsemantischer Lektüre“, in: Claudia Heuer / Timo Lüth (ed.): Kultur – Subjektivität – Authentizität. Entgrenzungen: von Intertextualität bis Transmedialität (Hamburg: Peter Lang, to be published 2016).

 Reviews:

         „Review of Ulrich Kinzel (ed.), London: Urban Space and Cultural Experience“, in: The Literary London Journal, Volume 11, Number 1 (Spring 2014): pp. 84-86.

         „Review of Tom Chivers / Martin Katz (ed.): Mount London. Ascents in the Vertical City“, in: The Literary London Journal, Volume 12 (to be published fall 2015).

Editorship:

         mit Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich und Stefanie Kadenbach: Innovation – Konvention: Transdisziplinäre Beiträge zu einem kulturellen Spannungsfeld (Bielefeld: Transcript, 2013).

          mit Rebekka Rohleder: Narrating Spaces – Reading Urbanity: Exploring the Spatial Semantics of the City across Cultural Texts. Conference Proceedings (to be published summer 2016).