Chaos in the Contact Zone

Unpredictability, Improvisation, and the Struggle for Control in Cultural Encounters

Edited by Stephanie Wodianka and Christoph Behrens

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Chaos in the Contact Zone

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Pub Date: January 2018

ISBN: 9783837633894

252 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Chaos in the Contact Zone

Unpredictability, Improvisation, and the Struggle for Control in Cultural Encounters

Edited by Stephanie Wodianka and Christoph Behrens

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Cultural encounters are often stylized not only as experiences of uncontrollability and unpredictability par excellence but also as challenges to planning and predicting. The history, different forms, and consequences of this phenomenon are the main issues discussed in this volume. The contributions show that chaos and control are not mutually exclusive in the "contact zone" (Mary Louise Pratt); on the contrary, they stand in relation to each other—be it as a competence or as an interpretive scheme.

About the Author

Stephanie Wodianka is chair of French and Italian literature at the University of Rostock.

Christoph Behrens teaches French and Italian literary studies at the University of Rostock.