The Chair of English Literary and Cultural Studies (Anglistik II) is head of the editorial board of the book series “Mannheimer Beiträge zur Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft” (“Mannheim Contributions to Literary and Cultural Studies”), published by Narr Francke Attempto. The series comprises contributions from the disciplines of English and American, German, and Romance literary studies, including comparative approaches. Publications may deal with literature as well as with other media or aspects related to the mental, material or social dimensions of culture from the Renaissance up until the present. The series is open to monographs or collections of essays written in English, German, French or Spanish.
Recent publications comprise Finance, Terror, and Science on Stage: Current Public Concerns in 21st-Century British Drama (2017) and Community, Seriality, and the State of the Nation: British and Irish Televisision in the 21st Century (2019). A volume on contemporary literature and critiques of capitalism is planned for 2019.
Since the turn of the 21st century, the television series has rivalled cinema as the paradigmatic filmic medium. Like few other genres, it lends itself to exploring society in its different layers. In the case of Great Britain and Ireland, it functions as a key medium in depicting the state of the nation. Focussing on questions of genre, narrative form, and serialisation, this volume examines the variety of ways in which popular recent British and Irish television series negotiate the concept of community as a key component of the state of the nation.
This collection of essays examines the contribution of British plays to key social, political, and intellectual debates since 2000. It explores some of the most pressing concerns that have dominated the public discourse in Britain in the last decade, focusing on their representation in dramatic texts. Each essay provides an in-depth analysis of one play, assessing its particular contribution to the debate in question. The book aims to show how contemporary drama has developed unique ways to present the complexities and ambiguities of certain issues with aesthetic as well as emotional appeal.