Ausgewählte Beiträge der GeFoText-Konferenz vom 29.9. bis 1.10.2010 in Vaasa
Edited By Mariann Skog-Södersved, Christoph Parry and Michael Szurawitzki
Tom Sintobin: Shapes in the Mist Literary Reviewing Practice after 1968
Tom Sintobin Shapes in the Mist Literary Reviewing Practice after 1968 In Literaturkritik. Eine Suche (2008), the German reviewer Brigitte Schwens- Harrant poses the question: “Was ist Literaturkritik?”1 She discusses several defining criteria of the genre, and one of those is “Wertung”. On the one hand, she accepts this as a vitally important characteristic: “Wenn das kritische Mo- ment der Wertung wegfiele […]: Was soll dann der Begriff Literaturkritik?”. “Wertung” distinguishes “Literaturkritik” by journalists from other types of what Schwens-Harrant wishes to call “‘Literaturvermittlung’ im weitesten Sinn” (Schwens-Harrant 2008, 54), such as lectures by authors, texts for teachers and students, texts by literary scientists and so on. On the other hand, however, she problematizes this criterion: “Werten die genannten Personengruppen nicht auch? Kann man überhaupt interpretieren ohne zu werten?” (ibid.). In this article, I will address the other side of the very same question: if one cannot write an analysis of literature without evaluating it, can one write a literary review, within the genre of the review, without stating an evaluation of the work under discussion? The case I will be dealing with is the Dutch and Flemish literary reviewing practice from the sixties onwards. First, I will discuss the discourse on literary reviewing in the Low Countries by some literary critics and theorists. Second, I will look for a possible swing in the way literary reviewing was looked at after the Swinging Sixties of the twentieth century. Third, I will analyse two cases to see if they meet the...
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