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Titel“Denkbilder: The «Thought-Image» in 20th century German Short Prose” - eJournal "Odradek"
BeschreibungDenkbilder: The «Thought-Image» in 20th century German Short Prose

eJournal "Odradek. Studies in Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics and New Media Theories"

Editors: Raul Calzoni and Francesco Rossi

The term ‘Denkbild’, in English translated with ‘Thought-image’, is already documented in 18th century German Literature, i.e. in Winckelmann’s and Herder’s works. In the Modern age its meaning becomes broader than the original one, namely ‘emblem’. Indeed, it can routinely be employed to mean an image of thought, the literary and conceptually elaborated representation of a visual element. Hence, it fluctuates between different senses such as that of subjective reproduction, idea, or ideal.

As Gerhard Richter has pointed out in his Thought-Images. Frankfurt School Writers’ reflections from Damaged Life, the use of the term ‘Denkbild’ in 20th century philosophy has to be taken as a case of ‘paleonomy’, namely the “maintenance of an old name in order to launch a new concept”.

In the narrower context of Literary Studies, ‘Denkbild’ means a specific form of short prose.
Th. W. Adorno ushered in the reflection on Denkbild as literary genre, by describing Walter Benjamin’s Einbahnstraße (One Way-Street) as a “collection of Denkbilder”. Adorno takes Thought-Images to be rather “scribbled picture-puzzles, parabolic evocations of something that cannot be said in words” (“Es sind eher gekritzelte Vexierbilder als gleichnishafte Beschwörungen des in Worten Unsagbaren”). They establish “a kind of intellectual short-circuiting (eine Art von intellektuellem Kurzschluß”), which does not hold back conceptual thinking, but shocks through its enigmatic form and by that get thought moving (Th. W. Adorno, Benjamin’s One Way-Street in: Notes to Literature, vol. 2, New York 1992). In light of this, Adorno includes among image-thoughts several different texts such as description of cities, report of dreams, montage and aphorisms. All these texts share the feature of brevity and the figurative element fosters the reflection.

The history of Denkbild still has to be drawn. In fact, such a genre does not only belong to Benjamin and to some thinkers closer to him such as Ernst Bloch, Siegfried Kracauer and Adorno himself (thinks of Minima Moralia). Many other writers employ it frequently such as Stefan George, Paul Sheerbart, Robert Walser and Franz Kafka. It was a long-lasting phenomenon; circulation and genealogy of which should be investigated deeply, by taking in count groups and individuals, cultural and editorial contexts and all aspect pertaining to the literary field. This will be the first goal of this volume. The second will be the textual analysis of Thought-Image’s structure. It is necessary a close reading of several texts. Further contribution could be given by comparing Thought-Images with other genres sharing with it similar structure or historical relations. For instance, thinks of the short story (in German Kalendergeschichte, then Kurzgeschichte), aphorism, prose poem (Prosagedicht) and the journalistic constellation of the feuilleton.

Accepted papers are expected to be published in a monographic issue of the online Journal “Odradek” (open access and ISSN 2465-1060) edited by Raul Calzoni and Francesco Rossi

The topic of the proposals might include, but need not to be restricted to:

1. Analysis of one or more Denkbilder, by placing them in the conceptual framework of Modernism and German Literature of the interwar period.

2. History and Genealogy of Denkbild from Baroque Theory of Emblem/Symbol to 19th German Literature.

3. Meaning and role of Denkbild in After Second World War German Literature.

4. Genres and modes of writing close to Denkbild: prose poem, short story, parable, aphorism).

5. Aspects, functions and role of Denkbild in the literary field.

6. Aesthetical and theoretical reflection on Denkbild.

An abstract of 250-300 words must be sent by 31 January 2016 to editors email addresses: Raul Calzoni ( ) and Francesco Rossi (

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 1 March 2016.

Full papers of accepted abstracts cannot be longer than 40 000 characters (footnote and references included). They should be submitted by 31 August 2016 and prepared for blind peer review.

The full paper must be submitted online via OJS – Open Journal System:

Authors can find submission guidelines at the following link:

All papers will be reviewed according to our peer review process policy:

Languages: English, French, German, Italian
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Raul Calzoni; Francesco Rossi 
Funktion: Editors: R. Calzoni Associate Professor Univ. of Bergamo; F. Rossi, Tenured Researcher Univ. of Pisa 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Francesco Rossi / Dipartimento di Filologia Letteratura e Linguistica Università di Pisa 
Strasse/Postfach: via S. Maria 36 
Postleitzahl: 56126 
Stadt: Pisa 
Telefon: 0039-0502215632 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Literaturtheorie: Themen
Zusätzliches SuchwortDenkbild, Thought-image, Modernism, German Literature of interwar period, After Second World War German Literature, literary genre theory, mode of writing, aesthetics, poetics
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.07.00 Ästhetik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.08.00 Poetik; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.09.00 Gattungen und Formen; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.09.00 Gattungen und Formen > 05.09.05 Weitere Formen; 10.00.00 16. Jahrhundert > 10.12.00 Emblematik. Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 11.00.00 17. Jahrhundert > 11.11.00 Emblematik. Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914); 16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914) > 16.13.00 Gattungen und Formen; 16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914) > 16.13.00 Gattungen und Formen > 16.13.05 Weitere Formen; 16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914) > 16.14.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914) > 16.15.00 Zu einzelnen Autoren; 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945); 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.16.00 Gattungen und Formen; 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.16.00 Gattungen und Formen > 17.16.05 Weitere Formen; 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.17.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.18.00 Zu einzelnen Autoren; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989); 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.08.00 Gattungen und Formen; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.08.00 Gattungen und Formen > 18.08.05 Weitere Formen; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.09.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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