In: KulturPoetik 2011, Heft 1


Stefan Hajduk


Vom Reden über Stimmungen. Ihre Geschichte in der Literaturwissenschaft, ihre aktuelle Erforschung und ihre Medialität




Due to the increasing influence of German cultural studies, the issue of Stimmungen has been reconsidered within the field of literary studies. Considering the historical background of Stimmungen becoming part of the aesthetic discourse, a new effort is made to explore the phenomena connected with the concept of Stimmungen, to reflect the resulting methodological problems, and to analyze its possiblities and limitations. This paper reflects on historical origins and presents an overview of the current state of research in literary studies. Focussing on basic aspects of media theory, it reflects the relation between literature and knowledge in the context of an aesthetic concept of Stimmungen.