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"Reception and Intertextuality" Working Group

Our working group is aimed at doctoral candidates who are dealing with methodological or thematic issues concerning reception and intertextuality in their dissertation projects. These two research paradigms stand for the inter- and transdisciplinary openness of the working group, which brings together doctoral candidates from literary studies, history, and cultural studies. The aim and challange is to analyze each of the genuine, discipline-specific problems together and to consider them from different angles in an interdisciplinary dialogue.
The methodologies the working group applies include text and discourse analysis, theories of fictionality, historical contextualization, and approaches from media and cultural studies. Hence, the area of reception may encompass themes related to genre and history as well as processes of literary reception and the productive appropriation or reinterpretation of texts. The joint projects of several participants lead to a distinct emphasis concerning the conditions of reception of fictional texts as well as possible points of congruence, interference, and difference between fictional and non-fictional (factual) texts.
The complex of intertextuality takes into account questions of textual constitution in differential reference between individual texts as well as between texts and systems, thus providing particularly diverse points of contact in the area of comparative literature.
Similarly, several projects also study aspects of trans- and intermediality, particularly with reference to the problem of boundary transgression as well as various possibilities of representation provided by media and their preconditions (e.g., text-image relations). The permeability and interdependency of  the individual central topics are the main focus of attention in this endeavor. The goal of the working group is to elaborate connections of a primarily theoretical nature between the domains of reception and intertextuality in the participants’ dissertation projects and help them to reach methodological solutions with regard to these connections in their own work.



  • The aesthetics of reception and hermeneutics Strategies and effects in literary practice Theories of textual interpretation
  • Discourse reception and thematology Adaptation and reception of discourses and knowledge
  • Genre transformation Reception of genres and/or genre features Concretization in the form of mixed forms and hybrid genres
  • Factuality and fictionality (and their reception) Congruence and difference between fictional and factual texts Relevance and function of authenticity and verification strategies (also in a historical perspective)


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