Fathoming one’s father

Anne Baillot, Sophia Zeil (Hrsg.): Brief von Dorothea Tieck an Friedrich von Uechtritz (Fragment) (ohne Ort, ohne Datum). Bearb. v. Sophia Zeil. In: Anne Baillot (Hrsg.), „Briefe und Texte aus dem intellektuellen Berlin um 1800“. Berlin: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. http://tei.ibi.hu-berlin.de/berliner-intellektuelle/manuscript?Brief05DorotheaTieckanUechtritz. Stand: 4. September 2014.
Image rights: Oberlausitzische Bibliothek der Wissenschaften in Görlitz

In the letters by Dorothea Tieck recently edited by Sophia Zeil in Letters and texts, there is one that illustrates to the perfection the censorship phenomena typical of letter editions in the 19th century. What is today considered as the first page of the letter begins in the middle of a sentence and was obviously originally not the first page of the letter. Also, it is crossed over in pencil. If you look for it in the existing print edition  (all the bibliographical references are to be found in our edition, see the footnotes), you will see that this passage is left unmentioned.

Taking a closer a look at the text, it becomes obvious that its content not only does not fit the heroical image of Tieck as a genius, but also contradicts the representation of him as a decent manager of his own literary enterprise. And even by very low standards in terms of expectations towards fatherhood, what his daughter has to say is pretty depressing. Continue reading “Fathoming one’s father”

Off to the new world!

One of my team members, Sabine Seifert, has been awarded a travel grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in order to attend the next TEI conference “Decoding the Encoded” that will take place at Northwestern University in October. She will present the progress that was made (after long hours of debates by mail, skype or live) with the 2 other members of the SIG-correspondence Task Force, Peter Stadler and Marcel Illetschko.

Here’s what the paper is all about (text of the abstract submitted by the three of them): Continue reading “Off to the new world!”