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n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Büchners Briefe als intertextuelle Selbstzeugnisse
Büchner's letters as intertextual self-explications
Büchner's 200th birthday on 17th October 2013 once more brings an author onto the agenda whose work was from his scandalous beginnings till the 20th century always considered as being utmost modern. The epistolary fragments, a torso of letters, were often read as naive, truthful, unreflected, and outspoken - in correspondence with short-sighted perspectives on autobiography as the authentic genre. With the aid of Ariane Martin's new edition of the letter fragments, which are arranged not in chronological order but according to the addressees, it is now possible to concentrate on those aspects of self-explication or more precisely self-experience which the young author tries to develop in communicative interdependence with his respective partners (family, bride, friends). Intertextuality thus can be shown as being Büchner's overall means of conceiving of the horizons of his world - in the letters as well as in the literary work.
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