Textpraxis # 7 Cover

Textpraxis # 7


In the current issue, Kirkland A. Fulk analyses Alexander Kluges Die Ungläubige, Peer Trilcke investigates the possibilities of a sociology of literature of the internet and Earl Jeffrey is concerned with the ›digital turn‹ in literary studies. In the ›Debate‹ section, David-Christopher Assmann presents another response article and thus continues the discussion about system-theoretical literary studies.

Literature and Society
Kirkland A.Fulk
Science Fiction and the Problems of ’68 in Alexander Kluge’s »Die Ungläubige«

This paper explores Alexander Kluge’s forgotten work of science fiction Die Ungläubige , Kluge’s literary addendum to Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos , and places it against the background of the aesthetic debates of 1968 and Kluge’s larger canon. Why did Kluge turn to science fiction at this particular time? How does this genre interrogate, expand on, or even challenge our understanding of Kluge and his aesthetic project, which in many ways cannot be thought apart from this pivotal period in German post-war history? Kluge’s text is at once a sharp critique of capitalist structures and a critical representation of utopian visions of the future, making the work an important piece of aesthetic, social and political commentary.

Theories of Literary Study
Mit einer Blogotop-Analyse

The essay outlines and exemplifies the possibilities of a literary sociology of the Internet and calls in this regard for a empiricization of research on this rapidly growing, but so far only superficially described field of communication about literature. For this purpose, the literary Internet Studies and their literary-sociological part are located within the general Digital Humanities. As an example for relational-empirical literary sociology of the Internet, the first results of an analysis of a so-called ›book blogotope‹ are presented.  Based on that example, some mechanisms of secondary literary communication can be discussed.

Literary Studies and Praxis
Earl JeffreyRichards
Vortrag auf Einladung der Arbeitsgruppe ›Digital Humanities‹ der Graduate School ›Practices of Literature‹ in Münster am 17.07.2013

In this lecture, which was organized by the project group ›Digital Humanities‹ (Münster, July 17 2013), Earl Jeffrey Richards discusses the possibilities of digital philology. In his historical analysis he comes across hypertext methods, which were used in theology and philology already  many centuries ago. Richards furthermore shows that digital philological procedures prove to be optimal solutions not only in editions and compare projects, but also allow a de-hierarchization of the canon formation.

Theories of Literary Study
Anmerkungen zur Unterscheidung literarischer Akteure und Personen mit Bezug auf Oliver Jahraus’ Replik

This response article continues the debate about a refocusing of system-theoretical literary science, that has accompanied Textpraxis since its launch.  David Christopher Assmann responds to Oliver Jahraus’ criticism on the distinction between actors and people in the literary system, which was introduced to the debate by Jahraus in issue # 3.


The current issue of Textpraxis features two articles that focus on the ›digital turn‹ in the humanities. Peer Trilcke undertakes a study of the Internet with a literary sociological approach, arguing for an emphasis on empirical research in this rapidly growing field. Earl Jeffrey Richards discusses new avenues for digital philology and demonstrates how digital tools are no longer just for critical editions or larger comparative projects but also considers how these tools function to destabilize the hierarchical structures in literary canons. Though not concerned with digital humanities, Kirkland Fulk’s article does raise questions about technological advances in his investigation of how Alexander Kluge’s science fiction relates to the critique of capitalism popular during the ’68 counterculture movement. Fulk’s article not only ventures into the politics of outerspace, it also stands out as our second English-language article – part of Textpraxis‘s ongoing efforts to bring together scholars from around the world.

As a project of the Graduate School: Practices of Literature, Textpraxis continually profits from new doctoral candidates and their high-level of competency. We are delighted to welcome Martin Stobbe and Nikolas Buck to the editorial team, who both made enormous contributions to this current issue. We would also like to express our deep gratitude to our editor, Pegah Byroum-Wand, who has contributed a great deal of time and energy to the journal. We wish you all the best for your future projects!

In addition to the new and old members of our editorial team, we would also like to thank all those individuals who have contributed and who continue to contribute to Textpraxis‘s success – not only our reviewers but also our constantly expanding readership. You are always welcome to participate in ongoing discussions and to start new debates through your comments and response articles. In this issue, David-Christopher Assmann continues the debate surrounding the use of system theory in literary scholarship, a scholarly conversation that stems from the very first issue of Textpraxis. Assmann offers a reply here to Oliver Jahrhaus’s response article to »Kommunikationszusammenhänge« (Textpraxis # 3). This interactive structure is an essential part of Textpraxis‘s concept and continues to be utilized, much to our delight.

This trend will hopefully proceed in the next issue of Textpraxis, which will appear on 1 May, 2014. The articles that appear in this issue will surely provide many solid starting points for further discussions. Happy reading!

Your Textpraxis Editorial Team


Textpraxis #7 (2.2013) has been published on November 1 2013.

Editorial Team:
Seth Berk
Nikolas Buck
Dominic Büker
Nina Gawe
Gesche Gerdes
Japhet Johnstone
Innokentij Kreknin
Christoph Pflaumbaum
Matthias Schaffrick
Martin Stobbe
Kerstin Wilhelms

Prof. Dr. Simone Winko (Göttingen)
Dr. Tara Forrest (Sidney)
Haimo Stiemer (Münster)

Cover image: Barry Ephgrave (under this Licence)

ISSN 2191-8236