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In: KulturPoetik 2020, Issue 2


Marcus Willand


Über die Ästhetik existenziellen Schreibens. Der Gefängnisbrief




Prison writing is a literary genre that is little noticed in the German-speaking world, yet it has been and still is very popular in a global and historical perspective. So it is intensively examined by international researchers. This essay is concerned with a subset of this genre, the prison letter. On the one hand, texts of this genre are by definition subject to very similar production conditions; on the other hand, their form and function strongly depend on the diversity and transformation of penal systems as a condition of communication. This relationship will be explained in a systematic and historical perspective with regard to the aesthetics of existential writing.