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literature for readers is a magazine whose articles engage with German-language literary texts, their poetic and historical peculiarities, their cultural and media references and contexts and seek to interpret them. It is not committed to any school, but to the ideal of methodical openness. literature for readers looks for stimulating theses, also stimulating to contradict them, and offers a forum for discussion about them. The magazine is not a literary review organ, but maintains a permanent focus on contemporary literature.
With regular themed issues for which individual editors are responsible, partly responsible for the editors and partly for guest editors, sets literature for readers Independent focal points in the literary discourse, which can also have a cultural-scientific orientation and go beyond the exclusive study of literature. Interested scholars are cordially invited to submit their own suggestions for special issues for which they are responsible as guest editors.
The journal only publishes original articles. English-language publication proposals are welcome. literature for readers is committed to the peer review process. All contributions received by the editorial department are anonymously passed on to the editors and assessed by everyone. Every publisher has a right of veto.
The magazine title chosen by Rolf Geißler and Herbert Kaiser when it was founded in 1978 literature for readers still signals two things: the claim to a theoretically controlled, intersubjectively comprehensible study of the literature, which is identified by the texts, instead of reducing them to mere examples of theoretical constructs; and the insistence on the aesthetic, medial and historical peculiarities of literary texts, which do not oppose them to the other media or carriers of cultural consciousness (let alone raise them above them), but keep the specifics of the literary contribution to that consciousness in mind. The field of themes and motifs with which the in lfl reading readers of literature has shifted in part, in part expanded. One focus of our interest lies in the literature of the 20th century and the present. However, our periodical still takes care of the entire spectrum of modern literature in German, and we continue to ensure that historical knowledge about it remains alive. literature for readers wants to contribute to overcoming the boundaries of national philologies. Constant attention is paid to the relationship between German literature and other European and American cultures. We are interested in treatises oriented towards literary theory because and to the extent that they promote understanding of what the texts and their authors are dealing with and what internal and external relationships they enter into.
literature for readers publishes articles that engage with German-language texts, their poetic and historical distinctiveness, their cultural and medial links and contexts, and those which seek an interpretative debate with them. Our journal aspires to the ideal of methodological openness and is not beholden to any specific "school" or tradition. literature for readers welcomes stimulating approaches - as well as those that provoke dissent. It provides a forum for lively debate. The journal does not carry book reviews, but cultivates an on-going engagement with contemporary literature.
The editors of literature for readers commission special issues on a regular basis, coordinated either by themselves or by guest editors. Special issues provide a specific and distinctive focus on literary discourse, cultural studies or in related fields. Interested colleagues are warmly invited to submit their own suggestions for special issues that they would like to guest-edit.
literature for readers only publishes original contributions. We welcome suggestions for articles in English. literature for readers is committed to the blind peer review process. All submissions are anonymized and circulated to each editor, and each editor has a veto.
The title literature for readers was chosen by our founders Rolf Geißler and Herbert Kaiser in 1978 and signals two ambitions. The first ambition is for a comprehensible engagement with literature that is theoretically underpinned, taking texts seriously instead of reducing them to more case studies for theoretical constructs. The second ambition is to focus on the specificity of the literary work, by insisting on the aesthetic, medial and historical uniqueness of literary texts which does not set them against other media or carriers of cultural awareness (let alone sets them above the others). The broad field and motifs covered by the contributors to literature for readers has changed and expanded in recent years. Our focus is on the literature of the 20th century to the present, but we continue to cover the entire range of modern literature in German language, and we keep alive the historical knowledge of this tradition. literature for readers aims to overcome the borders between national literatures. We maintain a keen interest in the relationships between German and other European and American cultures. We are interested in literary-historical accounts when they help us understand what the texts and their authors are dealing with and what kinds of internal and external contexts they touch upon.
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Issue 1-4 / 2013
Frequency of publication / publication schedule
3 issues per year (March / July / November) / 3 issues per year (March / July / November)
The issues 2010 - 2014 are also available as an e-book / The issues 2010 - 2014 are available in e-book format.
Publishers / Editors
Keith Bullivant (Gainesville / Florida)
Ingo Cornils (Leeds)
Carsten Jakobi (Mainz)
Bernhard Spies (Mainz)
Sabine Wilke (Seattle / Washington)
Editor for the German-language contributions / Contact for Contributors (German):
Dr. Carsten Jakobi
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
FB 05, German Institute
D - 55099 Mainz
Editor for the English-language contributions / Contact for Contributors (English)
Prof. Sabine Wilke
Department of Germanics
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
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