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Early 20th-century literary critics Joseph Collins, Hermann Hesse, and Percy Lubbock concluded that the pages of a book present a succession of moments that the reader visualizes and reinterprets. They feared that few would actually commit themselves to memory, and that most were likely to soon disappear. As you turn these pages, you will (re)discover the value of the literary canon through the Self. My objective is to examine how the Self is formed, lost, and regained through creative strategies that confront and define its shapes and distortions on nearly every page of a canonical work. You can consider Confronting / Defining the Self: Formation and Dissolution of the ‘I’ from La Fayette to Grass as offering an apology for the study of literature and the humanities in an era when technology and commerce dominate our consciousness, drive our daily expectations, and shape our career goals.
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In der Frühen Neuzeit avanciert der Schreibkalender zu einem der prominentesten Medien und generiert mit dem Kalenderschreiben eine völlig neue Kulturpraktik. Das geht nicht spurlos an der zeitgenössischen Literatur vorbei: Auch außerhalb des Kalenders wird in verschiedenen Texten kalendarisch geordnet und geschrieben. Diese Studie untersucht erstmals diese kalendarischen Spuren in der frühneuzeitlichen Literatur. Hierfür wird ein materialwissenschaftlich inspirierter Zugang gewählt: Der Schreibkalender, seine besondere materiale Faktur und die damit verbundenen Praktiken dienen als Ausgangspunkt für die literaturwissenschaftlichen Analysen.

In the early modern period, the calendrical diary became one of the most prominent media and generated a completely new cultural practice of calendar writing. This also impacted contemporary literature: even beyond calendars, numerous texts were organised and written following the style of calendars. This study is the first to analyse these calendrical traces in early modern literature. For this purpose, a material culture studies approach is chosen: The literary analyses is based on the calendrical diary, its particular materiality and the practices associated with it.