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Textpraxis # 15


In this issue, Jana Wittenzellner presents different conceptions of authorship with regards to the writings of Hildegart Rodriguez. Julian Ingelmann poses the question why the genre short stories dominates German writing forums, while Verena Meis examines parasitic tendencies in Kathrin Rögglas' works.

Theories of Literary Study
Literarische und wissenschaftliche Autorschaft im Vergleich

Depending on the genre, there are still two entirely different conceptions of authorship: Fictional texts are supposed to have an author and a separate narrator, while the voice inside the non-fictional text seems to be identical with the originator and the ›real person‹ outside the text. Only in the case of ›failure‹, of doubt about the veracity of one of the instances, does the difference appear. The sexological writings of Hildegart Rodríguez, which, in the late twenties and early thirties, were widely known in Spain, provide a good example.

Literature and Society
Zur Bedeutung der kleinen Form im Kontext der digitalen Laienliteratur

Julian Ingelmann’s article Kurzgeschichte X.0? Kleine Prosaformen im Kontext digitaler Laienliteratur examines the meaning of the short story in digital amateur literature. Based on an analysis of the online forum wortkrieger.de, Ingelmann employs a mixed-method approach in order to elaborate on conditions and potentials of the genre within this context. Within the frame of this investigation, Ingelmann discusses the specific ›utility value‹ of the short story for amateur author online fora and discussion culture. In this manner, the analysis traces the shifting and increasing lack of definition of the ›short story‹ genre back to the particular demands of digital amateur literature production and reception.

Literary Studies and Praxis
Parasitäre Bewegungen bei Kathrin Röggla

According to the French philosopher Michel Serres, the parasite is a phenomenon that generates instances of clashing, conquering, occupying and acoustically draws attention to appropriation and domination. This article partly traces Kathrin Röggla’s mode of writing, which can be called parasitic. Moreover, it raises questions regarding the setting and shifting of boundaries and questions about the role of the parasite and the host in Röggla’s literary and dramatic works. In her essay Stottern und Stolpern. Strategien  einer literarischen Gesprächführung it is »acquisition, affirmation, hostile take-over«, that Röggla terms »the motions, the strategies of our time«. »It is consumed, subsumed. Incorporated, absorbed and used up«. And in »Regarding the edification of the sources of catastrophes«, the sociologist advises: »One should be able to, just once, for a moment, take on the perspective of the parasite.«


In issue #15 of Textpraxis. Digital Journal for Philology, Jana Wittenzellner analyzes the strategic use of different conceptions of authorship in (non-fictional) texts with regards to the writings of Spanish sexual reformer Hildegart Rodriguez. Basing her approach on the theoretical considerations of Felix Steiner, Wittenzellner moreover points to similarities and differences between academic and literary authorship. In his article, Julian Engelmann examines why short stories currently present the dominant literary genre in digital writing forums, and investigates which role philolgical knowledge plays in the discourse of the lay forum users. Moreover, Verena Meis traces parasitic movements in the writing style of Kathrin Röggla, and discusses the drawing and shifting of borders as tendencies in her literary and dramatic works.



Many thanks go to our external reviewers Maren Conrad from Erlangen-Nürnberg, Ulrike Haß from Bochum and Christoph Jürgensen from Wuppertal, for editing and providing critiques to our authors. Many thanks for your time and efforts!

Unfortunately, Jayana Jain has left the editorial team after the publication of our previous issue. We would like to thank her for her efforts, and we wish her all the best and much success in her future endeavors!

At the same time, we would like to welcome Mathaabe Schick (Graduate School Practices of Literature, WWU Münster) and Laura Reiling (German Studies/Comparative Literature, WWU Münster) to the editorial board.

We hope that you will enjoy reading this issue of Textpraxis, and as always, encourage you to submit response articles or provide comments to the newly published articles.


Your Textpraxis Editorial Team


Textpraxis # 15 (1.2018) has been published on May 1, 2018.

Editorial Team:

Julia Albers
Sona Arasteh-Roodsary 
Ina Batzke
Lea Espinoza Garrido
Thomas Kater
Kerstin Mertenskötter
Laura Reiling
Mathaabe Schick
Janneke Schoene
Martin Stobbe
Levke Teßmann
Kerstin Wilhelms
Elisabeth Zimmermann


Prof. Dr. Maren Conrad (Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Haß (Bochum)
Prof. Dr. Christoph Jürgensen (Wuppertal)

Cover: Elisabeth Zimmermann

ISSN 2191-8236