The Unifying Aspects of Cultures


Narrations in Literature and in Writing History

Chair of the section/Suggestions, Abstracts, Contributions to:
Email: Gabriella Hima (Budapest)

ABSTRACT: The history of the mind and historical anthropology, which was developed out of it, have initiated the idea that alterity and interculturality within the last two decades have become central concepts of the fields of culture, literature and history, which are connected in interdisciplinary fashion. A comparison between fictional and non-fictional reports, which describe cultural contacts or mediate the experience of the alterity of foreign cultures, arouse new interest in the connection between text and culture. It is the debate about "Writing Culture," which made us aware that representations of culture are unavoidably text dependent, and that in this regard there can be no strict separation between fact and fiction. So-called scientific or scholarly presentations contain just as many fictional elements as the par excellence fictional genres, both long and short, can capture the factual. On the one hand, historians fictionalize their no longer manageable material into a story that proceeds logically, just like the writer, on the other hand, both author as well as historian, must textualize the non-textual experiences, perceptions, etc., in order to be able to convey these elements as well. Culture is a question of the textual representation - in literature just as much as in the writing of history.