Discourse Networks

(2396 words)
  • Deborah Griggs (The University of Maryland)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

That Friedrich Kittler's concept of the discourse network was perceived as a provocation by a significant number of German literary scholars may be explained by the inherent challenge that this concept represented for the hermeneutic tradition. As David Wellbery stated in the foreword to the English translation of Discourse Networks, Kittler used “poststructuralist tools” to question a premise of textuality and interpretation that had at the time of the book's first publication become self-evident in most German universities.

The German title, Aufschreibesysteme or “systems of notation” reveals the shift from a focus on the interpretation of texts as the basis for …

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Griggs, Deborah. "Discourse Networks". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 February 2006
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