In: KulturPoetik 2016, Heft 2


Carsten Rohde


Romanologie der Gegenwart




The article tries to combine literature and anthropology by focusing on the ›anthropotechnical‹ implications of the novel. As the most important medium of contemporary literature, the novel in a way ›creates‹ man. Its forms and contents establish a kind of logic (logos) that deeply influences the self-description of individuals and of cultures and societies around the millenium. Considering the literary phenomenon as an experience that is both aesthetic and ethical, it can be called ›novelology‹ (Romanologie). The huge success of novels such as Freedom by Jonathan Franzen and Der Turm by Uwe Tellkamp shows that readers appreciate even long and difficult narratives and finds aesthetic pleasure in complex semantic and literary patterns.