Textpraxis # 11 Cover

Textpraxis # 11


In this eleventh issue of Textpraxis, Josch Lampe analyzes ›black‹ perspectives on Germany around 1900, Robert Matthias Erdbeer discusses the functions and meanings of modeling for the analysis of literary and digital texts and Ilse Orth talks about the benefits of »Poesie -und Bibliotherapie«.

Theories of Literary Study
Robert Matthias Erdbeer

»What is a literary model?« asks Robert Matthias Erdbeer in his contribution Poetik der Modelle. Based on Ilse Aichinger’s narration Der Gefesselte and the computer game The Stanley Parable, the article discusses the question in how far functions and meanings of modelling can be fruitful for the analysis of literary and digital texts - as model poetics (»Modellpoetik«). Erdbeer’s thesis is that texts themselves serve as models. It aims at a reassessment of narrative, structural and text-context-oriented research approaches in order to then clarify how model construction takes place within the literary fiction, how it is aesthetically effective and how it connects to extra-literary model construction.

Literature and Society
»Schwarze« Perspektiven auf Deutschland um 1900

This article investigates two contrasting Black perspectives with regard to Germany around 1900. An analysis of Friedrich Maharero, a native of the former German South-West Africa, and a Tongolese native, Nayo Bruce, illustrates, not only, how two different perspectives within the colonial discourse describe colonial structures from a rare Black perspective, but it also shows, through their diversity, how complex this topic is.

Literary Studies and Praxis
Die Poesie- und Bibliotherapeutin Ilse Orth im Interview mit der Textpraxis-Redaktion

Ilse Orth is psychotherapist and co-founder of the »Integrative und Intermediale Kunsttheraphie« and of the »Integrative Poesie- und Bibliotherapie«

The Textpraxis editorial team talks with Ilse Orth about this concept of the »Integrative Poesie- und Bibliotherapie« as a possibility to integrate literature as a form of theraphy.


The eleventh edition of our digital journal of Philology once again opens up a wide range of subjects with its three new contributions: In the »Literature and Society« section, Josch Lampe (Connecticut) analyzes Friedrich Maharero and Nayo Bruce, and thus two different ›black‹ perspectives on Germany around 1900. In the »Theories of Literary Study« section, Robert Matthias Erdbeer (Münster) discusses the question in how far functions and meanings of modeling can be fruitful for the analysis of literary and digital texts – as a model poetics (»Modellpoetik«). In the »Literary Studies and Praxis« section, Textpraxis presents an interview about »Poesie-und Bibliotherapie« with the psychotherapist Ilse Orth (Erkrath).

The team of Textpraxis  likes to welcome Matthias Agethen from the DFG graduate school »Literarische Form« to the editorial board. We look forward to working together!

Our special thanks once again goes to all the authors and reviewers who have worked together intensively on the contributions. Following the principles of Open Access, Textpraxis wants to further deepen the dialogue between text producers and text recipients. We therefore invite our readers to make use of the comment function or to respond to one of the published articles with a detailed replica. Certainly, the publications offer considerable potential for discussion!

Furthermore, this eleventh issue of Textpraxis is the first in which all contributions are published under the Creative Commons License Attribution 4.0 International.

We wish you an exciting and informative reading

Your Textpraxis editorial board


Textpraxis # 11 (2.2015) has been published on November 1 2015. 

Editorial Team:
Matthias Agethen
Constanze Bartsch
Ina Batzke
Katharina Fürholzer
Nina Gawe
Lena Hoffmann
Irene Husser
Ana Ilic
Julia Langhof
Martin Stobbe
Ismahan Wayah
Kerstin Wilhelms

Prof. Dr. Marianne Bechhaus-Gerst (Köln)
Dr. Benedikt Hjartarson (Reykjavík)
Dr. Reinhard Wendler (Florenz)

Cover image: Julia Langhof

ISSN 2191-8236