In: KulturPoetik 2016, Heft 1


Eva Wiegmann


Externe Wirksamkeit literarischer Imagination. Überlegungen am Beispiel schweizerischer imagerie culturelle




This article deals with the interactions of literary imagination, cultural identity formation processes and cultural policy strategies. Literature here is understood not just as a reflection of collective memory, and it is not reduced to a representation of the collective mentality of a society at a particular moment in time. Instead, using the Swiss cultural imagination during the era of ›intellectual national defence‹ against Nazi Germany as an example, the influence of literary imaginings on the formation and transformation of models of collective identity models is examined. The analysis will focus on the specific potential of literary imagination, which, under certain conditions, can achieve a high level of effectiveness in the socio-political area.