This volume presents a discussion from various positions in literary and cultural studies about the relationship between textual and contextual readings of literature. In understanding literary works do we rather map texts onto their contexts or contexts onto texts? And what are the rules of projection? By theoretical argument as well as exemplary cases Text or Context contributes to the current discussion between text-oriented literary criticism and contextbiased cultural studies.
Die Herausgeber Rüdiger Kunow is Full Professor and Chair of the American Studies program at Potsdam University. Stephan Mussil is Senior Lecturer in English, University of Potsdam.