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Textpraxis # 3


This issue of Textpraxis was opened by two response articles, in which David-Christopher Assmann (response article 1) and Oliver Jahraus (response article 2) proceeded the debate on potential and limitations of system-theoretical literary studies. In the section-articles, Beatrice Nickel reflects on poetic objects in urban areas, Nora Berning analyzes the construction of authenticity in literary online reportage and Sonja Lehmann deals with the principle of ›alienation‹ in the permanent exhibition  of the Literaturmuseum der Moderne.

Literature and Society
Beobachtungen zu intermedialen Dichtungen in der Stadt

Based on Eugenio Mussini’s Poetry gets into Life from the year 1975, Beatrice Nickel investigates presentational forms of poetry in the urban areas and thereby reflects the aspect of an intermedial and intermaterial alliance of poetry, architecture, sculpture and plastic art. The focus here is on a variation of concrete poetry after 1945, which formed up under the name ›poesia visiva‹ to discuss the role of literature completely new.  As her analysis shows, on the basis of this rearranged modelling of poetry, a significant reflection on poetry itself takes place, in which the materiality of objects takes a meaning constituting function.

Theories of Literary Study
New Ways to Create Authenticity in Online Literary Reportages

Online literary reportages represent an imperative counterweight to conventional journalism that is essential both for our emotional and intellectual survival. Using Paula Delgado-Kling’s online literary reportage Child Soldiers: Homero and Mark Bowden’s multimedia text The Desert One Debacle as examples, Nora Berning explores issues of multimediality and authenticity in online narrative journalism. Berning’s case studies open up discussions, both theoretical and practical, about the future of digital media literacy.

Literary Studies and Praxis
Anmerkungen zu Ästhetik und Darstellungsverfahren in der Dauerausstellung des Literaturmuseums der Moderne

The article »Verfremdet, wiederbelebt« analyzes the alienating ways of representation of the permanent exhibition of the Literaturmuseum der Moderne (LiMo), which, together with the Schiller Nationalmuseum, is a constituent part of the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach am Neckar. The text examines in what way and by what means the materials presented (shall) enable a »new way of seeing«, an individual recognition and experience of literature of the 20th century.

Theories of Literary Study
Eine Replik auf Dominik Schreibers Artikel »Literarische Kommunikation« und Jörg Schönerts Kommentar

The response artcile takes Jörg Schönert’s commenting on Dominik Schreiber’s article »Literarische Kommunikation« as a reason and links the question of literary operability to the status of operators in the literary system. The focus lies on the suggestion to differentiate between operators as functions and persons within the literary communication.

Theories of Literary Study

Based on David Christopher Assmann’s contribution to the discussion, this response article asks essential epistemological questions regarding the role of systems theory in literary studies. The pleading for ›anti-empericism‹ leads to a specification of the concept ›literature as system‹, which has to be distinguished from the ›literary system‹.


The third issue of Textpraxis shows that the space we created for interaction between scientists is actively used meanwhile. The first comments and response articles are published. Oliver Jahraus and David-Christopher Assmann started a debate on the current stand of system-theoretical literary studies. Starting point for this response article was Dominik Schreiber’s contribution in Textpraxis # 1 as well as Jörg Schönert’s comment on this article. We invite further contributors to continue the discussion with critical annotations and comments.

The articles of the authors of our third issue are up for discussion as well. These three new articles deal in different ways on the one hand with presentational forms of literature and on the other hand with literary presentational forms across multiple media. Together with the authors we are sure that the articles hold a rich potential for further comments and debates.

Textpraxis originated out of an initiative of doctoral candidates in the Graduate School Practices of Literature at the University of Münster. To guarantee the continuance of our project, the editorial team around Gesche Gerdes and Kerstin Wilhelms has grown bigger. With Japhet Johnstone, also a new colleague in the editorial team, our journal is supposed to become even more attractive and wider receivable through translation into English in the future. The first contribution in English by Nora Berning from London (Canada) in the third issue already indicates a positive tendency and shows that due to its digital format Textpraxis will be recognized as an internationally operating scientific platform and will be able to use the advantages of digital publishing in the future.

Again it is necessary to thankfully acknowledge the reviewers of this issue, who – in cooperation with the authors – worked at the texts in intensive correction steps and therefore help to guarantee the quality of the third issue of Textpraxis. We would like to thank Constanze Breuer, Nikki Hessell and Christoph Kleinschmidt.

We look forward to a productive cooperation in the future!

Your Textpraxis Editorial Team 


Textpraxis # 3 (2.2011) has been published on November 1 2011.

Editorial Team:
Nina Gawe
Gesche Gerdes
Till Huber
Japhet Johnstone
Innokentij Kreknin
Christoph Pflaumbaum
Christina Riesenweber
Matthias Schaffrick
Kerstin Wilhelms

Dr. Constanze Breuer, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Dr. Nikki Hessell, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Dr. des. Christoph Kleinschmidt, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main

Cover image: Christian Schmitt

ISSN 2191-8236