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In: KulturPoetik 2018, Issue 2


Nikola Roßbach


Die Unfassbarkeit des Ähnlichen. Die deutschsprachige Italienliteratur zwischen interkultureller Verständigung und transkultureller Vernetzung




This article focuses on German literature about Italy which has been mainly concerned with otherness for a long time, and, to a certain degree, still is. In fact, it is oscillating between myth and anti-myth. Transcultural strategies of non-difference, to the extent of not highlighting ›the other‹, do not yet exist in the literature about Italy. In searching for reasons, the article discusses literature’s delicate attitude to similarity and sameness in general. In this context, silence about cultural similarities seems to reinforce the notion of otherness by obscuring any common ground.