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Textpraxis # 1


In our first issue, Natalie Moser (Basel) looks into the interconnection of picture and narration in Wilhelm Raabe’s Pfisters Mühle, Dominik Schreiber (Mannheim) outlines a system-theoretical model of literary communication and Steffen Dürre (Rostock) questions sense and purpose of independent literary journals.

Literature and Society

The relationship of literature and society can be seen as a text-external impetus and as a text-internal structural element in Wilhelm Raabe’s late text Pfisters Mühle. The question of the poetological relevance of the text is picked up in the text itself by showing the interconnection of question and potential answers via a narratively designed visual discourse. This visual discourse forms a model for a narrative self-reflection, by which the timelessness and updatability of the text can be seen. Pfisters Mühle can be understood as a form of poetological reflection because the text narratively investigates narration and is narration and metanarration at the same time. Simultaneously it is referred to the impossibility of a concluding meta-discourse.

Theories of Literary Study
Zur rekursiven Operativität des Literatursystems

Niklas Luhmann’s systems theory belongs to the integral parts of the theoretical inventory of literary studies. Anyway to literary studies the question remained open in what way the literary system guarantees its connectivity for communication in contrast to other systems. On the basis of Luhmann’s definition of communication, the article analyzes the complex operational mode of the literary system and its handling of information, message and understanding. The discussion of this problem, that literary communication is based on texts, leads to a new perspective on autopoiesis and selforganisation of the literary system. By this system-theoretical model it is explained firstly how the system maintains its operability in spite of constant threat of existence and secondly how it comes to the division into genres and epochs.

Literary Studies and Praxis

Steffen Dürre is co-founder and publisher of the literary journal Weisz auf Schwarz in Rostock. In his article on the ›Biotop literarischer Zeitschriften‹ he reports about the motives, tasks and possibilities of an independent literary journal and positions his project with regard to other intermediary instances of literature and within a confusing literary scene.


Textpraxis. Digitales Journal für Philologie is the journal of the Graduate School Practices of Literature at the University of Münster. Textpraxis wants to be a forum for the scientific dialogue between and within varying philology. We thereby understand philology in the wide sense: We are interested in textual phenomena relevant for cultural studies as well as in theoretical modelling of literature and new developments in the literary industry or other aspects of the non-scientific practice.

Although there was the idea of paper and ink at the beginning of the project concept, it soon became clear that the advantages of publishing in the internet are unbeatable and that they support the realisation of our intentions the most. Textpraxis is digital and in the sense of open access accessible to all.  Textpraxis wants to publish articles of high quality but to be open for different voices at the same time. The electronic publication makes this possible and creates a space for interaction and dialogue, cooperation and collaboration.

Textpraxis wants to support collaborative working and is itself the product of a collaboration: The six-member editorial team managed all stages of the developing process together, made decisions together and found way to share success in work in spite of a plurality of obligations and workloads. The six inventors, publishers and editors (in personal union) however would not have been able to translate their ideas, whose core originated in February 2009, into action without working together with yet others:

Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf and Sophie Wennerscheid, lecturers at the Graduate School Practices of Literature, have supported the project with scientific advices and reviewing guidance. Susanne Hefti of the SAFIR – Antragsberatung für Drittmittelvorhaben helped to draw the concept up to an application. Stephanie Klötgen from the service management of the University and State Library contributed to the fact that Textpraxis has been integrated in existing structures of electronic publishing from the beginning. Olaf Grabienski (buerobackbord in Hamburg) has become an essential part of Textpraxis  as web designer who is versed in literary studies.

In cooperation of these participants the journal before you was generated. We sincerely invite you to its exploration. And exploration here means on the one hand: the reading of the articles. Natalie Moser, Dominik Schreiber and Steffen Dürre decided to send their texts with Textpraxis on maiden voyage and we are very happy to already span a multisided panorama with these three authors in the first issue. Our first reviewers, Walter Gödden, Eckard Rolf, Stefan Tetzlaff and Marcus Willand also admitted to an experiment, who we would like to thank for their willingness to resume the first reviews for Textpraxis.

You also are very welcome to participate! Textpraxis wants to reflect on the fact that scientific work always means communication, dialogue and interaction. Every article published in Textpraxis can be commented on by our readers if you would like to give notes to the authors, to ask questions or to call problems into attention. There is also space for extensive reactions: you are able to submit independent articles as responses to texts published in Textpraxis anytime. We hereby hope to give a dynamic space for development to the theses and topics here presented and to completely use the advantages of digital publishing.

We look forward to working with you!

Your Textpraxis Editorial Team


Textpraxis # 1 (1.2010) has been published on November 1 2010.

Editorial Team:
Nina Gawe
Till Huber
Innokentij Kreknin
Christoph Pflaumbaum
Christina Riesenweber
Matthias Schaffrick

Prof. Dr. Walter Gödden, LWL-Literaturkommission für Westfalen
Prof. Dr. Eckard Rolf, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Stefan Tetzlaff, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Marcus Willand, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Cover image
»The Raven« by Goran Zec, Zagreb 2006.
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