Programme priorities

Our objective is to formulate the principles of a media literature history of the 19th century with a comparative approach to media. This requires a cross-project framework that produces comparability across diversity and expands the exemplary scope of each sub-project in terms of complementarity and contrast. This is made heuristically possible by a tableau of systematic guiding differences which organise the research focus under the aspects of textuality, modality and receptivity: coherence versus breach, image versus writing, journal versus book.

The schematic location of the individual sub-project within the project outline does not signal a systematic distribution of tasks. Instead, each sub-project is systematically concerned with each of the three guiding differences. The positioning in relation to the key points marks the systematic starting point in the work plan of the respective sub-project.