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Textpraxis # 4


This issue continues to emphasize the principle of dialogue in Textpraxis and thus publishes a response article by Johanne Mohs regarding Beatrice Nickels investigation about poetry objects in urban areas. In the article sections, Stefan Tetzlaff is concerned with the function of chance in Daniel Kehlmann’s prose, Erik Schilling located the novel Die letzte Welt by Christoph Ransmayr in the debate about historical and postmodern narratives and Jürgen Gunia reflects the concept of competence in the humanities.

Literature and Society
Grundgedanken der Poetik Daniel Kehlmanns

The motif ›coincidence‹ shall be emphasized as central technique in Daniel Kehlmann’s prose and be described in its function to prove the boundaries of realistic narration and to approach a concept of ›magic realism‹.

Theories of Literary Study
Metamorphosen der Postmoderne in Christoph Ransmayrs »Die letzte Welt«

In his article on Christoph Ransmayr’s Die letzte Welt, Erik Schilling deals with the possibilities of the historical novel for postmodern writing. On the basis of Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia, the author investigates the transition from the center to the periphery and points out the self-reflexive structures of the novel by analyzing space and time.

Literary Studies and Praxis
Versuch einer genealogischen Ideologiekritik

In his article Jürgen Gunia looks at the term competence, which currently becomes more and more important not only in the humanities. Thereby it is less about an argument against competence than rather about a critical reflection of the rhetoric of competence, which  operates with  terms borrowed from military language. Gunia therefore argues for a de-dramatization of the emphatic term of competence.

Literature and Society
Eine Replik auf Beatrice Nickels Aufsatz »Poetry gets into the city: Beobachtungen zu intermedialen Dichtungen in der Stadt«

In her response article to Beatrice Nickel’s contribution, Johanne Mohs extends the perspective on ›poetic objects‹ in the urban area after 1945. At the beginning she differentiates the term of intermediality and thereupon analytically specifies and interpretatively deepens the examples cited by Beatrice Nickel. Her reading ultimately follows the concepts of the avant-garde of the early 20th century, to illuminate the reciprocal relationship of ›art‹ and ›life‹ problematized by artists.


In this fourth issue of Textpraxis the interactive potential, which is targeted programmatically by this Textpraxis and is thus distinguishing it from other journals, is continued. In her response article, Johanne Mohs takes critical reference to Beatrice Nickel’s contribution about intermediality in urban areas from the previous edition. We are therefore confident that our concept of dialogical science is received positively and we hope that also the current contributions of Jürgen Gunia, Erik Schilling und Stefan Tetzlaff encourage or continue critical debates.
A new feature of Textpraxis regards our online presence: Since November 2011, Textpraxis now also has an account on Facebook, via which not only current information is available, but also the concept of dialogism is continued. Furthermore, you will now find Textpraxis in the international Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), where individual contributions can be searched for. The Open-Access strategy of Textpraxis has proven promising also in other areas: We are thankful that both the Fachbereich 09 of the University of Münster and the Institute for Germanics currently support us financially.
Textpraxis goes back to an initiative of doctoral students of the Graduate School Practice of Literature. Two founding members are now in their final stages of their PhDs and are therefore no longer actively involved in the editorial work: We thus thankfully say goodbye to Christina Riesenweber and Till Huber, whose creative ideas and enthusiasm have made this journal possible in the first place. We also would like to mention the three reviewers of this issue, who worked according to the cooperation principle of Textpraxis and thus benefited the contributions substantially by giving productive comments. Therefore, we thank Anne Hillenbach, Sigrid Köhler und Leonhard Herrmann.
Your Textpraxis editorial team


Textpraxis # 4 (1.2012) has been published on May 1 2012.

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

Dr. Leonhard Herrmann, Universität Leipzig
Dr. Anne Hillenbach, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i. Br.
Dr. Sigrid Köhler, Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Cover image: Björn Muschall

ISSN 2191-8236