Material Text Cultures

Forms of Time. Forms of Space. Strategies for Tackling the Materiality and Presence of the Scriptural in Augustan Literature


former staff members

akademischer Mitarbeiter Christian D. Haß
akademische Mitarbeiterin Eva Maria Noller
akademischer Mitarbeiter Maximilian Haas
Teilprojektleiter Prof. Dr. Jürgen Paul Schwindt





  • Study of the key parameters of the CRC 933, materiality and presence, as constituent categories of Augustan literature
  • Documenting, describing and interpreting Augustan texts that reflect upon this, i.e. their categorial constitution
  • Contributing to a semiotics of Augustan culture


  • The current talk about the materiality and presence of writing in non-typographical societies must do justice to the texts themselves as media for reflection on their categorial status.
  • Augustan literature developed a number of models of how materiality and presence are to be thought of and depicted in language.
  • The highly reflective genres of lyrical, elegaicy and pastoral poetry contain numerous references to the materiality and physicality of the script and thought. Conversely, it is striking how within a short space of time the phenomena of the object world are fetishised, and just as quickly spiritualised.
  • Materiality and presence are thus not simply categories of production and performance, but are also central to reflections of Augustan poetry on itself.


  • The philological analysis of the structure and details of central texts in Augustan literature is seen as prerequisite for making meaningful statements about the “materiality” and “presence” of the texts.
  • In what way do the texts that are studied reflect on the ‘litterality’ and the amount of time in which they were written?
  • What are the methods of attributing meaning that were expected from their recipients? And which are  – in the fictive, oral world of communication in pastoral poetry – the competing systems of symbols?
  • Attention should be paid above all to a prominent gesture found in any number of texts: the gesture of giving as a ‘paraphrase’ of oral and litteral acts of communication, which can be represented as quite the ideal case of a material exchange of signs based on an aesthetic of presence.


Subprojects of the 3rd Funding Period

A01 A02 A03 A05 A06 A08 A09 A10 A11 A12 B01 B04 B09 B10 B13 B14 B15 C05 C07 C08 C09 C10 INF Ö2 Z



Completed Subprojects

A01 A03 A04 B02 B03 B06 B07 B11 B12 C01 C02 C03 C04 C06 IGK Ö1



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