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Sinn und Form: The Anatomy of a Literary Journal by Stephen Parker

By Stephen Parker

This large background of the mythical literary magazine, ""Sinn und Form"", additionally deals the 1st systematic research of this key kind of cultural establishment. The research is organised in seven ""anatomical"" different types: founding perception; cultural-political context; institutional infrastructure; function of editors; networks of individuals; textual content and composition; readership and reception. trained by way of Bourdieu??s sociology of tradition, this typology opens the best way for comparative learn into the functionality of literary journals, integrating sociological and literary techniques.

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In this sense, there was mutual self-interest, and the promise of a mutual exchange of capital, in Huchel's advances to Döblin, which were manifested in a high-level mission to the latter's horne in the Black Forest, undertaken with Hans Mayer in September 1954. Correspondence followed in the second half of September, again dripping with praise and flattery on Huchel's part, and resulted in Döblin sending Huchel the manuscript of the Hamlet novel and giving permission to publish an extract. 8 s Leonhard Frank's relationship with Becher was a more personal one which stretched as far back as their Munich Bohemian days in the early 1900s.

140-42. Huchel turned down Kantorowicz's essay (Der Zola-Essay als Brennpunkt der weltanschaulichen Beziehungen zwischen Heinrich und Thomas Mann' for fear of upsetting the younger Mann brother. See Huchel's letter to Kantorowicz of 27 November 1953 in Huchel, Brt~fe, pp. 152-54. Thomas Mann, TagebüdJer 1953-1955, ed. : Fischer, 1995), p. 123. Contributors 39 Mann. Döblin, too, had received one of the letters requesting contributions sent out with the first issue of the journal in December 1948, and it was Becher again who prompted Huchel to win for Sinn und Form a figure whom he saw as of strategie importance for a project seeking to undertake cultural diplomacy between East and West.

We might usefully distinguish between German and nonGerman contributors, between Eastem Bloc contributors and those from the West. Contemporary writers brought something different from those published posthumously; established names had a function which diverged from unknown newcomers. Some enjoyed personal or institutional relationships with key figures around the journal and figured with regularity; some had no prior connection to the editor or founder and appeared only once. What all these contributors have in common is that, through their publication in Sinn und Form, they participated in an exchange of capital with the journal and entered into a creative and productive relationship with its core idea.

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