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Textpraxis # 13


Jennifer Clare tests a synthesis of Stephen Greenblatt and Rüdiger Campe’s text-context approaches to literature in her analysis of Bernward Vesper’s Die Reise, Vanessa Hannesschläger investigates the concrete poetry movement as a ‘European project’, and Hannes Höfer deals with intermediality in literary representations of jazz music. 

Theories of Literary Study
Ein Beispiel für intertextuelle Steuerung von Intermedialität

The paper investigates the depiction of jazz music in the novels Jazz (1927) by Hans Janowitz, Tauben im Gras (1951) by Wolfgang Koeppen, and Thomas Meinecke’s Musik (2004). It scrutinises the basic assumption of musico-literary intermediality that literature is able to present music by telling and showing, which means for example by tonal imitation or structural analogies. However, the relation between literature and music in the above mentioned novels is established by intertextuality. The authors do not search for structural analogies between literature and music but instead use other literature or established writing styles to cast their subject, jazz, in a particular light and attribute it a specific intertextual meaning. 


Literature and Society

This paper investigates the networks of the writers that can be associated with the concrete poetry movement of the 1950s and 1960s. With reference to theoretical approaches by Sassatelli, Schmale, and Metzeltin, the author makes the case that this world-wide network can be read as a ‘European project’. This article explores the history of concrete poetry and the relationships between concrete writers from across the globe, before Ernst Jandl is introduced as a case study to illustrate the poetological and political dimensions of concrete poetry. Finally, these findings are placed into context with current discourses about Europe.

Literary Studies and Praxis
Schreiben, Schreib-Szene und Schrift aus kulturpoetologischer Perspektive

Research on processes of writing has noticeably broadened its focus since the 1970s, especially concerning material, cultural and intertextual aspects. At the same time, Stephen Greenblatt's concept of cultural poetics has re-modeled the text-context-relationship in literature. This paper seeks to merge two so far independent theoretical approaches – Greenblatt's cultural poetics and Rüdiger Campe's Schreibszene (scene of writing) – in terms of dealing with processes of writing both in their individual and their collective dimension. By looking at a rather complex example of a process of writing (Bernward Vesper's Die Reise [1977]), the complementary potentials of Greenblatt's and Campe's approaches will be demonstrated.

Eine besondere Art der (literarischen) Kommunikation

With her response article, Karima Lanius joins the ongoing debate regarding systems theory, which has been carried out since the very first issue of Textpraxis. She explicitly discusses the article by Jeewon Kim, “Literaturwissenschaft als Literatur/Wissenschaft. Die Asymmetrie zwischen den Unterscheidungen Text/Kommunikation und Person/Funktion, which appeared in the eighth issue of Textpraxis. 


In this thirteenth issue of Textpraxis. Digital Journal for Philology, Hannes Höfer investigates the representation of jazz music in the novel Jazz (1927) by Hans Janowitz, Tauben im Gras (1951) by Wolfgang Koeppen, and Thomas Meinecke’s Musik (2004), and in doing so he questions the basic assumptions for a theory of musical intermediality. Vanessa Hanneschläger asserts the thesis that the concrete poetry movement represented a ‘European project’, whereby she demonstrates poetological and political dimensions of concrete poetry through an analysis of Ernst Jandl as a case study. In her article regarding Bernward Vesper’s Die Reise (1977), Jennifer Clare productively combines the methodological approaches of Stephan Greenblatt’s text-context understanding of cultural poetics with Rüdiger Campe’s concept of the Schreibszene (the scene of writing) as means for analyzing the writing process. Additionally, this current issue continues the debate surrounding systems theory in literary theory, which has been an ongoing discussion since the very first issue of Textpraxis. The response article by Karima Lanius deals with satire as a form of literary communication.


Many thanks go to our external reviewers for editing and providing critiques to our authors. Heidrun Führer from Lund, Thomas Eder from Vienna, and Moritz Baßler from Münster all did an excellent job advising our article contributors with constructive criticism and feedback. Many thanks for your time and efforts!


With this issue, we also sadly part ways with our long-time co-editor and one the founding members of Textpraxis, Nina Gawe. Nina was an invaluable contributor to our editorial team on many fronts, and we would especially like to thank her for work shaping the newsletters and editorials over the course of several issues. We wish Nina Gawe all the best and much success in all of her future endeavors!


At the same time, we would like to welcome three new members to the Textpraxis editorial team: Jayana Jain from the Graduate School Practices of Literature, as well as Sona Arasteh-Roodsary and Thomas Kater from the Graduate College Literarische Form, who have all been hard at work in the editorial board since this issue.


Lastly, we would like to wish our audience a pleasant and stimulating read. As always, we cordially invite you to respond to articles and engage in debates, either through our site’s comment function or via the submission of longer response articles. We would love to hear your thoughts!

Your Textpraxis Editorial Team


Textpraxis # 13 (1.2017) has been published on May 1 2017. 

Editorial Team:

Sona Arasteh-Roodsary 
Ina Batzke
Seth Berk
Birte Fritsch
Irene Husser
Jayana Jain
Thomas Kater
Kerstin Mertenskötter
Janneke Schoene
Martin Stobbe
Levke Teßmann
Kerstin Wilhelms
Elisabeth Zimmermann


Prof. Dr. Moritz Baßler (Münster)
Univ.-Ass. Mag. Dr. Thomas Eder (Wien)
Dr. Heidrun Führer (Lund)

Cover: Seth Berk

ISSN 2191-8236