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Title: Mediensimulationen bei Joachim Heinrich Campe und Michael Ende
Subtitle: Literaturtheoretische und literaturgeschichtliche Überlegungen zur Bedeutung der Buchhaftigkeit in der erzählenden Kinder- und Jugendliteratur
Author(s): BOYKEN, Thomas
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 63 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2021
While literary genres like poetry consist of a typographic design that is consciously chosen, the typographic design of prose seems to be arbitrary and independent from the literary text. However, there is prose that proves the opposite and indicates that the typographic design of a text can be functionalised for the narrative. Especially children’s and youth literature portrays different media formats like letters and WhatsApp-messages on a typographic level. Therefore, medium is not only narrated but simulated. This media simulation is possible because of so-called ‘Buchhaftigkeit’ of narrative literature. The article examines the ‘Buchhaftigkeit’ of children’s and youth literature on literary-theory and literary-historical basis by analysing two children’s books: Robinson der Juͤngere (1779/1780) by Joachim Heinrich Campe and Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer (1960) by Michael Ende. The analysis shows that an exclusive semiotic approach to narrative literature is inadequate. The medium of a text influences the text which is why the article asks for an expansion of the consisting narratology concerning higher media sensitivity.