Few problem areas of the disciplines concerned with textual interpretation have led to such intensive and controversial discussion as the relationships between literature and knowledge. This textbook aims to document the most important approaches and research perspectives, to introduce productive models and analyse exemplary variants of the interplay between literature and knowledge orders. A glossary gives rapid access to central terms; a comprehensive bibliography allows the reader to consult further material on the topic.
With its combination of documentation, systematic modelling and historical exemplification, the textbook provides an instructive introduction to a topic area that already plays an important role in literary and cultural studies, a role that will be of increasing significance in the future.
Ralf Klausnitzer, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.