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69 Mass Aesthetics, Technicist Expansionism and the Ambivalence of Posthumanist Cultural Thought THOMAS BORGARD Ending History? The Construction of the Present as Self-Legitimation It has been pointed out that current literature studies suffer from an un- fruitful gap between everyday philological practice such as retrieving archives respectively editing texts and their interpretation, often refer- ring to systematic approaches towards a theory of literature or theory of culture (Proß 1999). Whereas the first field covers empirical or factual

White, Metahistory; See also Agrell, “Documentarism and Theory of Literature.” 17 | A study and discussion of literary documentaries, especially in the contemporary atmosphere of medial simulations and a perceived “loss of reality”, has been initiated and Introduc tion: Urban Narratives And Bruno Latour ’s Empiricism 15 Latour’s ANT is also concerned with the manner of discursive constructed- ness of the object of study. In chapter II, we will delve deeper into his ideas of an Actor Network Theory for its applicability in our project. Latour urges a change in

: Dettagli e To- talità nel Pensiero di George Simmel, Perugia: Morlacchi. Debord, G. (1967): La Société du Spectacle, Paris: Buchet-Chastel. Deuze, M. (2012): Media Life, Cambridge: Polity Press. Di Giacomo, G. (2016): Arte e Modernità. Una Guida Filosofica, Roma: Carocci. Fry, P. (2009): “Introduction to Theory of Literature” September 1st, ( Gemini, L. (2003): L’ Incertezza Creativa: i Percorsi Sociali e Comuni- cativi delle Performance Artistiche, Milano: Franco Angeli. Hartog, F. (2002): Regime d’Historicité. Présentisme

provide a rich framework in order to understand the development of this relatively recent phe- nomenon, but also to reformulate the category of faction on new epistemologi- cal bases. Whereas fiction is a concept which has a long history and is often the object of studies in theory of literature (Genette, 2004; Cohn, 2000; Zipfel, 2014), faction is a concept occurring both in literary studies (Zander, 1999; Rubie, 2009) and sociological narrative analysis (Bury, 2001, p. 282). In literary studies, faction refers to how facts are appropriated in a fictional

81 Jörgen Schäfer and Peter Gendolla Reading (in) the Net Aesthetic Experience in Computer-Based Media In his empirical theory of literature Filozofia Przypadku [Philosophy of Chance] that Stanislav Lem published in 1968, he sketches a sort of creative process be- tween the brain of the writer and the paper he is using. It is eine Bahn im semantischen Raum. . . . Die “Absicht” liegt gewisser- maßen halbwegs zwischen der ständigen “Problematik” des Schrift- stellers und dem konkreten “Thema” des Werks. . . . Es geht um gewisse “ständig aktivierte

. Although we did not intend a general discussion of theories of literature—this would cer- tainly be too much to expect from students in this context—, we wanted to confront net literature with those four epistemological conceptions we already mentioned in our other essay in this book: intentionality vs. chance, performativ- ity/performance, emergence and game/play. 3.2 Geschichte der interaktiven Literatur (‘History of Interactive Literature’) Whereas we had started our first seminar with a top-down approach by intro- ducing quite complex theoretical conceptions

/artistic declarations or his “theoryof literature from them.10 7 Jan Michalik, Twórczość Ibsena w sądach krytyki polskiej 1875–1906 [Ibsen’s work in Polish criticism] (Wrocław: Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich, 1971), 39–41. 8 Cf. Michał Głowiński, “Deux critiques littéraires sur Ibsen (Ortwin – Brzozowski),” in Swedish-Polish Literary contacts, ed. Nils Åke Nilsson (Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International, 1979), 61. 9 Polish translations were based on letters published in 1904 in Die neue Rundschau. 10

-fiction. 27 | Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation, 73. 28 | See Agrell, “Documentarism and Theory of Literature”; Weeks, “Re-Cognizing the Post- Soviet Condition: The Documentary Turn in Contemporary Art in the Baltic States”; Schlote and Voigts-Virchow, ZAA, Constructing Media Reality: The New Documentarism. 29 | See Agrell and Schlote and Voigts-Virchow, but specifically Weeks, “Re-Cognizing the Post-Soviet Condition: The Documentary Turn in Contemporary Art in the Baltic States.” Ac tors and Net works in the Megacit y28 as Hito Steyerl has pointed out in the quote

. Veering: A Theory of Literature. Edinburgh UP, 2011. Santayana, George. The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy: Character and Opinion in the United States, edited by James Seaton, Yale UP, 2009. Schönfelder, Karl-Heinz. “Benjamin Franklin to Frank Algernon Cowperwood: Changes in the Image of the American Businessman.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, vol. 30, no. 3, 1982, pp. 213-218. Sculley, John, and John A. Byrne. Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple a Journey of Adven- ture, Ideas and the Future. Stoddart, 1989. Seib, Kenneth. “Uneasiness at Niagara

: “La première fois que je vis un tableau de Pierre Soulages, ce fut un choc. Je reçus, au creux de l’estomac, un coup, qui me fit vaciller, comme le boxeur, touché, qui soudain s’abîme. C’est exactement l’impression que j’avais éprouvée à la première vue du masque dan.” Cf. Sunday O. Anozie, Structural Models and African Poetics: Towards a Pragmatic Theory of Literature (Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981), 94; Hans Belting and Andrea Buddensieg, Ein Afrikaner in Paris: Léopold Sédar Senghor und die Zukunft der Moderne (Munich: C.H. Beck, 2018), 132. 26