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-up opera- tions and the practices of digital analysis allow changed approaches to litera- ture as an object of investigation, but also require them. Initially, the increase in capacity provides new possibilities in the choice of materials for scientific research. Jockers’ Macroanalysis illustrates this for the case of literary analysis. When the human capacity to read and systematically capture the content of literary texts is no longer the limiting criterion for scientific research, corpora can be investigated and texts can be compared with each other on a large

reverberations of Sharon L. Snyder and David T. Mitchell’s literary analysis of disability as a ‘narrative prosthesis,’ Lennard J. Davis builds on the observation that “media loves disability” and takes a critical look at the casting of non-disabled actors for roles with disabilities in a wide selection of mainstream film and television productions ranging from The Big Bang Theory to Pandora. Drawing attention to fair employment discrepancies in the movie business, he makes a call Foreword: Culture – Theor y – Disability 13 similar to that of Rosemarie Garland

; literary analysis; archive and curation of literature. She is an associate researcher of the Consortium on Electronic Literature and works at Contributors 281 the Universität Bremen (Germany), where her project, “Shapeshifting Texts: Keeping Track of Electronic Literature,” is being developed with the support of the University of Bremen and the Marie Sk odowska-Curie Actions Re- search Fellowship Programme. María Mencía is a multimedia artist, practice-based researcher and lectures at Kingston University, London, UK. She is an executive member of the Elec

| AMBIGUITY IN STAR WARS AND HARRY POTTER Literatur, erläutert am Beispiel von Joanne K. Rowling’s [sic] Harry Potter,34 Linda Jelinek’s Das Phänomen Harry Potter: Eine Literaturwissenschaftliche Analyse des Welterfolgs from 2006,35 Sandra Bak’s 2004 Harry Potter: Auf den Spuren eines zauberhaften Bestsellers36 and Claudia Fenske’s Muggles, Monsters and Magicians: A Literary Analysis of the Harry Potter Series from 2008.37 Other works, though non-academic prove to be insightful and valuable. Among them Travis Prinzi’s book Harry Potter and Imagination: The Way

wondered to what extent the influence of postwar literary analysis has contributed to creating a feigned sense of objectivity. Following World War II, Werkimmanente Literaturwissenschaft (New Criticism) was the prominent form of literary analysis. Bettina Gruber defines werkimmanent as “[…] every attempt at literary criticism […] that limits itself to an occupation with the work, respectively the text, and dismisses everything else as ‘peripheral’ (Umfeld)” (2009: 763).11 Thus, it is not far- fetched to imagine that race would be considered part of the “Umfeld

practice of literary analysis? The literary travel narrative presents a particular challenge for the set of problems I raised above. A literary travelogue in the tradition of Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey combines the features of both guidebook and novel. My aim is to examine the ways in which the literary symbolic function 3 | Ch.S. Peirce: Collected Papers, 2.281–285 100 | Dennis Tenenboym comes into being. In other words, I want to capture the moment in which a guidebook becomes a novel, while retaining the use of the index as a sign that points. For this aim

discusses the impact of art proj- ects, such as MEART of the artistic laboratory SymbioticA on the conception of a medial body and its challenges to rethink its cultural and biological conceptual- izations. Mathias Hausmann provides a literary analysis of fictional examples in Introduction: Medial Bodies. Fictions, Facts and the Reinvention of Corporeality 13 the works of Villiers de L’Isle-Adam and Ricardo Piglia in which the main intent is the production of a perfect female body. The last text in this section, that of Ursula Kluwick, stresses processes of corporeal

more elabo- rate in the publication Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World which succeeded Orientalism in 1981. As the title already indicates, Said here devoted particular attention to the role of the media in shaping public discourse. His method again relied on a historical but also literary analysis of Western media representations of Islam and the Middle East which demonstrated in how far a number of recurring stereotypes have come to dominate the global view of Arabs. The title of the book thus works as a

, Claudia. Muggles, Monsters and Magicians: A Literary Analysis of the Harry Potter Series. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2008. Fiske, John. Understanding Popular Culture. London: Routledge, 2006. ---. “Culture, Ideology, Interpellation.” Literary Theory: An Anthology. Ed. Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. 1268-273. ---. “British Cultural Studies and Television.” What is Cultural Studies? A Reader. Ed. John Storey. London: Arnold, 1996. 115-46 Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. [1975]. New York

generally calls out for an innovative focus on the physical and Roberto Simanowski | Reading Digital Literature 23 physiological situatedness of reading, which Ensslin initiates with her reading of The Breathing Wall. Informed by traditional literary studies rather than by the poetics of a tra- ditional genre is the methodical model provided in Zuern’s close reading ex- ample that focuses on the figuration in digital and non-digital literature. Such a focus is common practice in literary analysis, though now figuration is ana- lyzed not only in verbal but also in