The present volume is the first publication to stem from the research project “Text, Action and Space. Performative language and topographical patterns as converging areas in modern drama, prose fiction and film”, or “TAS” for short.1 The individual essays collected in this anthology are the result of shared investigations in an area where the concerns of both aesthetic and cultural analysis meet. Initiating basic research by approaching modern drama, prose fiction, poetry and film in a focused inter-aesthetic framework, they discuss the theoretical implications of some of the most important debates within the Humanities during the last 50 years. These
1 “Text, Action and Space” was initiated by Lars Sætre and Atle Kittang at the University of Bergen in 2006, with Sætre as project leader. Along with these two, Patrizia Lombardo (University of Geneva) and Svend Erik Larsen (Aarhus University) make up its leadership group. For this volume, Ragnhild Evang Reinton (University of Oslo) and Anders M. Gullestad (University of Bergen) have served as additional members of the editorial group. TAS consists of scholars from Norway, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the United States, and represents a plethora of disciplines in the Humanities: comparative, Anglo-American, Germanic, Italian and French literary studies, theatre studies, dramaturgy, and film studies.