B01 - Before Eighteenth-Century Studies. Practices and Theories of Literary Publics (1900–1975)
Prof. Dr. Georg Stanitzek (Principal Investigator)
The project examines how German literary scholars conducted research on the Enlightenment before the institutional consolidation of eighteenth-century studies. Our work will focus on three major fields of inquiry: 1) Analyzing the unpublished correspondence of scholars such as Richard Alewyn and Arnold Hirsch, we will reconstruct practices of literary publics. 2) We will assemble a corpus of early literary-sociological studies presenting elements of a theory of literary publics “before Habermas.” 3) Interviews with scholars engaged in eighteenth-century studies will highlight the cooperative dynamic at play between critical editions and the public from a historical perspective.
Ghanbari, N., Otto, I., Schramm, S., & Thielmann, T. (Eds.). (2018). Kollaboration. Beiträge zur Medientheorie und Kulturgeschichte der Zusammenarbeit. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink.