Textpraxis #18


Using the example of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Der Sandmann, Tobias Klauk, Niels Klenner and Tilmann Köppe discuss whether thematic coherence works as a guiding principle for the interpretation. Vanessa Vollmann investigates the Female Founder-narrative in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton, while Carole Anne Costabile-Heming elaborates on how literature archives and literature museums participate in the establishment of literary canons.

Theories of Literary Study
Eine Untersuchung zur Charakterisierung fiktionaler Gehalte am Beispiel literaturwissenschaftlicher Intepretationstexte zu E. T. A. Hoffmanns »Der Sandmann«

In this article, we discuss to what extent interpreters determine the fictional content of some work of literary fiction by considering what they take to be the thematic content of the work. We start by giving a summary of the respective theories of fiction and interpretation. Next, by way of examining a number of current interpretations of E.T.A. Hoffmann‘s Der Sandmann (1816), we argue that there is good reason to assume that interpreters indeed subscribe to the accordant theory of interpretation.

Literature and Society
Vanessa Vollmann
A Critical Race Feminist Investigation of the Female Founder Narrative in "Hamilton"

This article analyzes Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical Hamilton to establish an alternative female founder narrative by adopting a theoretical framework rooted in Critical Race Theory and black feminist scholarship. The author reads the musical through an intersectional lens to illustrate how Hamilton attempts to deconstruct the Founder Fathers' myth of contemporary America which privileges whiteness and maleness and reclaims it by colorbending and genderbending the narrative through the character of Eliza Hamilton as a Republican Mother of Color.  

Literary Studies and Praxis
Carol AnneCostabile-Heming
Archives, Literary Museums, and the Visibility of Texts

The life of a writer is one of uncertainty, for there are no guarantees of success, financial or otherwise, for fiction writers. Bestseller lists only provide us with information about the quantity of books sold but say nothing about the quality of those books. Books that stand the test of time are often said to become canonical. Granted the merits of a literary canon are heavily debated. This essay seeks to explore the question of canon by examining the relationship between literary archives and literature museums like the Deutsches Literaturarchiv and the Literaturmuseum der Moderne in Marbach. Moreover, it analyzes how such institutions contribute to the visibility of writers and texts. Understanding the processes which museums use to select which objects are exhibited can contribute to our understanding of how literary canons are created, maintained, and challenged. Literature museums make new avenues of engagement with literature possible by adding the experiential level. This essay thus seeks not just to contribute to the continuing dialogue about the literary canon, but also to expose the ways that archive and literature museums can impact the literary canon. Furthermore, it questions whether a museum dedicated to contemporary literature also has the ability to open that canon to new voices.

10 years of »Textpraxis. Digital Journal for Philology«

Christina Riesenweber, founding member of Textpraxis, remembers the beginning of the journal and reflects on its development.

Philologie im Gespräch

Philologie lebt nicht von Texten, sondern vom Gespräch über sie. In der Zukunft wird „Textpraxis“ deswegen ein neues Format anbieten, in dessen Mittelpunkt die Diskussion steht. In dem Podcast »Philologie im Gespräch« lädt die Redaktion von Textpraxis Wissenschaftler*innen ein, um über literarische Texte, literaturwissenschaftliche Verfahren und das Selbstverständnis der Philologien zu sprechen.


In issue #18 of Textpraxis Tobias Klauk, Niels Klenner and Tilmann Köppe discuss to what extent interpreters and their interpretations determine the fictional content of literary fiction. Drawing on Peter Lamarque’s and Stein Haugom Olson’s concept of literary stance, the authors conclude that fictional contents are indeed an output of the interpreter’s belief in thematic coherence. Vanessa Vollmann investigates the Female Founder-narrative in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton. Explaining how myths of foundation are intertwined with grand narratives of male dominance, she shows how Miranda opposes this tendency by bringing marginalized voices to the stage. In her article »Literary Afterlives. Archives, Literary Museums, and the Visibility of Texts«, Carole Anne Costabile-Heming illustrates how the German Literature Archive and the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach contribute to the visibility of authors and how institutions therefore impact the literary canon.

We express our thanks to our external reviewers Eva-Maria Konrad (University of Frankfurt a. M.), Marlena Tronicke (University of Münster) and Ulrich von Bülow (German Literature Archive Marbach). Thank you for your commitment!

With this issue, Ina Batzke unfortunately leaves the editorial board. For many years, she has been a valued member of Textpraxis. We would like to thank her for her great commitment as co-publisher and editor. Hoping she remains a faithful reader to our journal, we wish her all the best for her future endeavors.

Since this issue celebrates the 10-year-anniversary of Textpraxis Christina Riesenweber, co-founder of Textpraxis, has written a short invitation to think that reflects on the development of our Journal. Thank you, Christina, for sharing your thoughts. We invite our readers to take a look. As usual, we look forward to comments and discussions. Enjoy reading!

Yours, the Textpraxis-Editors


Die Ausgabe #18 von Textpraxis. Digitales Journal für Philologie (2.2020) ist erschienen am 1. November 2020.

Redaktion und Herausgabe:
Sona Arasteh-Roodsary 
Christina Becher
Nursan Celik
Akshay Chavan
Lea Espinoza Garrido
Gesine Heger
Thomas Kater
Sarah Alice Nienhaus
Hanna Pulpanek
Laura Reiling

Beratung und Gutachten:

Dr. Ulrich von Bülow (Marbach)
Dr. Eva-Maria Konrad (Frankfurt a. M.)
Dr. Marlena Tronicke (Münster)

ISSN 2191-8236