Internationales Jahrbuch für Editionswissenschaft
Ed. by Nutt-Kofoth, Rüdiger / Plachta, Bodo
1 Issue per year
Editorial work is usually considered to be a specialty for specialists. After having presented editorial problems and results of editorial research to non-expert audiences for more than 25 years I would say, however, that editorial work is more apt to arouse public interest than most other activities in our field. By discussing writing and transmission processes and their impact on the meaning of a text or by showing in detail how texts are interrelated we widen the readers’ horizon and enrich our audiences’ reading experience. Some of the examples I present in this paper are based on numerous discussions with high school students, other examples reflect our editorial contributions to a recent exhibition of Georg Büchner’s life and works. They include manuscript presentations, audio guide talks and a special section with computerized reconstructions of writing processes and intertextual connections. The critics’ response to these editorial contributions was positive and sometimes even enthusiastic.