Aktualität – zur Geschichte literarischer Gegenwartsbezüge und zur Verzeitlichung der Gegenwart um 1800
The main target of the project is to realize a comprehensive research of the discursive process of temporalization of ›the present‹ taking place between 1770 and 1835, its relevance for a history of references to the present in literature, and its theoretical basis. The finding of a shift of meaning of ›the present‹ is to verify in view of the reflection of time around 1800. The media- and discourse-historical background of this temporalization of ›the present‹ is to be examined as well as the establishment of biological terms of time (youth, generation) and both is to be confronted with the reflection and the practice of literary references to the present.
Neither the historical development of the term and the semantics of ›the present‹ nor – in this view – a theory and a history of literary references to the present are already written. But the reflection of the currentness of literature and its theoretical basis is part of the modern literature since 1770. Especially four periods are to be studied: 1770, 1795/1800, 1806/1810 and 1830/1835.