Das virtuelle Kafka-Bureau

Kafka’s Virtual Media Library

Association of scholars from the Universities of Siegen, Regensburg, Tübingen, HU Berlin, and Princeton. Supported by the Transcoop program of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation: May 2005 to April 2008.

The digital media revolution, and in particular the development of hypertext and the World Wide Web, has effected profound changes in the theory, method, and organization of literary scholarship. Working with a sharpened theoretical and historical consciousness enabled by the new media, this cooperative research project aims to exploit the new possibilities for the archiving, presentation and publication of research, including new forms of organization of the research process itself. As the first phase of a larger project with the working title “The Virtual Kafka-Bureau,“ Kafka’s Virtual Media Library sets out to explore systematically the transmedial context of Kafka’s work and to present this research in the form of a database-supported hypertext.

The cooperation of leading American, German, and Czech scholars should permit the productive ”inter-networking“ of these three significant national traditions of Kafka scholarship. By establishing connections among their most important discoveries and contrasting different national interpretive tendencies, this international group hopes to formulate new and shared research objectives. Beyond its own, finite horizon, the Transcoop project is conceived as the exploratory stage and foundation for a wider project with the title “Kafka-Hypertext.“

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