Reinhard Döhl

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Reinhard Döhl (born September 16, 1934 in Wattenscheid / Ruhr area, † May 29, 2004 in Stuttgart ; pseudonym: Traugott Schneider ) was a German literary and media scholar. He was also active as a writer and artist.


After studying German, philosophy, history and political science in Göttingen and Stuttgart, he received his doctorate in 1965 with a thesis on the literary work of Hans Arps . Reinhard Döhl received the Prix ​​Strasbourg in 1967 . He received his habilitation in 1979 with a thesis on modern German literature with special attention to the media . In 1987 he was offered the Fellowship of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science and in 1990 he received a scholarship from the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris . Reinhard Döhl was made an honorary member of the Accademia Tedesca in Rome in 1992. He also held visiting professorships at Karl-Franzens University ( Graz ), Kansai University in Osaka and Hebrew University in Jerusalem .

Reinhard Döhl was a media scientist and university professor for German studies in Stuttgart, where he was a specialist in radio play and radio play authors. He was a researcher of total works of art and a specialist in Dada art, especially with regard to Hans Arp and Kurt Schwitters . He has also made a name for himself as a writer and poet.

Reinhard Döhl belonged to Max Bense's group / school in Stuttgart . He worked as a visual artist in the field of concrete poetry and collage , as well as a mail artist . In the 1960s and then again in the 1980s he worked intensively with the painter Günther C. Kirchberger . Kirchberger also introduced him to the screen printer and gallery owner Roland Geiger . In the 1980s, Döhl was a regular speaker and author in exhibition catalogs at Galerie Geiger.

Last but not least, Reinhard Döhl was the only long-standing author who had been intensely involved in the new, "dialogical" medium of the Internet since 1996 . The attribution by Gerd Hergen Lübben, entitled WENN IM HERBSCHT ↔ SKÅL UND SALUT , refers to his last e-mail correspondence with Reinhard Döhl regarding authors on the net .

He worked frequently and intensively with Johannes Auer on his experimental internet literature and art projects.


Reinhard Döhl already had an influence on German legal history as a student in Göttingen. Until 1961, the standard for judging whether a work was lewd or not was the moral feeling of the average citizen. It was enough for ordinary people to express their indignation about a work on the witness stand. In October 1960, a court sentenced him for publishing a polemical poetic collage entitled Missa profana , which pointed to the discrepancy between Holy Mass and political reality. The verdict contained the following sentence: The criminality of a publication cannot be excused by the fact that it is a work of art. In the summer of 1961, the Federal Court of Justice overturned this judgment and found that not every citizen could decide on the immorality of a representation. The judge could do this and if necessary he would have to have the work explained to him by someone who was artistically open-minded or at least tried to understand . As a result, publishers and authors were exposed to a considerably lower risk of criminal prosecution, and the risk that works that were perceived as obscene, were confiscated or were no longer allowed to be displayed in bookstores, was significantly lower.


Scientific publications

  • The literary work of Hans Arps 1903-1930. On the poetic world of ideas of Dadaism. Stuttgart: Metzler 1967
  • Poesia experimental. Estudios y teoria. Add. with Eugen Gomringer. Madrid: Cooperativa de Produccion Artistica 1968
  • Attempt of a history and typology of the radio play in lessons. WDR 1970-1987 [s. u. Radio essays]
  • To the radio plays by Wolfgang Weyrauch. Add. with B. Willms u. a. Publications of the research focus mass media and communication (MuK) at the University / Comprehensive University Siegen, H. 14, 1981. [With radio play bibliography Wolfgang Weyrauch]
  • Reception of unemployment in the literary radio program at the beginning of the 30s. Siegen 1985. Publications of the research focus on mass media and communication (MuK) at the University / Comprehensive University of Siegen, volume 32, 1985
  • The New Radio Play In: History and Typology of Radio Play, Vol. 5. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft 1988, ²1992
  • Hermann Finsterlin . An approximation. Stuttgart: Hatje 1988. Catalog for the exhibition Stuttgart: Graphic Collection / State Gallery, Freiburg, Düsseldorf 1988, Münster 1989, Moscow 1990 a. a.
  • The radio play during the Nazi era. In: History and Typology of Radio Play, Vol. 2. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft 1992
  • Hermann Finsterlin. Cremer Collection . Add. with Uwe M. Schneede . Stuttgart: Hatje 1995
  • Between Reading and Linienstraße. Christa Reinig's ballad of the bloody Bomme read again. In: Gunter E. Grimm (Ed.): Poems and interpretations. German ballad. (= RUB . No. 8457). Reclam, Stuttgart 1988, ISBN 3-15-008457-1 , pp. 428-443
  • Hermann Finsterlin. A cross-section of the work. Schömberg 1999. Catalog for the exhibition
  • Hermann Finsterlin. Toys and games. Schömberg 2000. Catalog for the exhibition
  • Hermann Finsterlin. Erotic drawings, watercolors and architectures. Schömberg 2001. Catalog for the exhibition

Literary works

Reinhard Döhl's apple (1965) is considered an incunable of concrete visual poetry today
  • Co-founder of the “Werkgruppe für dichtung”, who also included Sibylle Penkert , Brigitte Rehberg, Brigitte Burbach (corresponding since 1960), Hartwig Heine (pseud. Hartwig Kerst), Manfred Schröder (pseud. Peter Jason), Hans-Heinrich Lieb, Wulf Segebrecht and Belong to Özdemir Nutku . The organ of the group, the protocols of the work group for poetry , appear irregularly with changing editors in 1959/1960.
  • 11 texts. Stuttgart: red 2, 1960
  • affiche 14 for Georg Karl Pfahler, add. with Georg Karl Pfahler and Klaus Burkhardt, hand press printing by Klaus Burkhardt 1961
  • affiche 22. affiche je m'en fiche. Hand press printing by Klaus Burkhardt, June 1961
  • missa profana, contemporary poems, morality, love poems, variations. Steps 5. Berlin: Fietkau 1962
  • something like a story of something. Lithographs by Karl Fred Dahmen. Stuttgart: Hand press printing by Klaus Burkhardt 1962
  • finger exercises. Wiesbaden: Limes 1962
  • portrait objections. Add. with Klaus Burkhardt. Stuttgart: red 9, 1962
  • 4 texts. Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer. Futura 4, 1964
  • - futura baby special. Edition Hansjörg Mayer 1965
  • For example prose. Limes nova, 11. Wiesbaden: Limes Verlag 1965
  • Apple. Postcard. Stuttgart 1965
  • goes and goes goes. Postcard. Stuttgart 1966
  • The book Es Anna. Wolfgang Fietkau, Berlin 1966 (step 12).
    [ The book Es Anna , inspired by Gertrude Stein's “Three Lives”, together with Das Buch Gertrud and the fragmentary Das Buch Heidi form an incomplete trilogy. The book Gertrud is published in part on the Internet, s. u. Internet texts and projects]
  • program typography 1, 2. Add. with Günther C. Kirchberger and Hansjörg Mayer, Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer 1966/1967
  • bedepequ. Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer 1967
  • Disposable booklets [= wh]. Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer 1967 ff
    • à seven, 1967. [wh 1]
    • instead, 1968. [wh 2]
    • man, 1968. [wh 3]
    • in the calendar, 1979. [wh 4]
    • Thirty-two Klerri-juhs, 1983. [wh 5]
    • More Klerri-juhs from the small Stuttgart verse school, 1986. [wh 6]
  • poem structures through the looking glass. Add. with Klaus Burkhardt. Stuttgart: red 40, 1969
  • from the botnang booklet. a notebook. Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer 1982.
  • Postcards and Klerrijuhs from the little verse school in Stuttgart. Add. with Wolfgang Ehehalt. O. O., HSW Verlag, o. J. [1985]
  • as they say. poems. O. O .: HSW Verlag o. J. [1985]
  • how to read like that. Blurbs and collages. O. O .: HSW Verlag o. J. [1987].
    [ how to say so / how to read so are partial publications of the project how to say so / how to read so / how to hear this way , which could not be completed in the 1960s. Acoustic partial realizations of this project, see u. Pieces and games]
  • Gillray was here. A story in pictures. An edition of the apple press. Stuttgart: Cantz 1987.
  • stuttgarten experience or scattered insights into the culture of the natives. Portfolio with 26 collages imprimés. With a foreword by Dieter Kölmel. Printed by Manfred Kärcher in an edition numbered from a to z in 1987
  • la morte d'un faune / the death of a faun. An edition of the apple press. 1991 [s. u. Internet texts and projects]
  • On the same earth. A poetic correspondence from RD, Ilse and Pierre Garnier, Bohumila Grögerová, Josef Hiršal, Hiroo Kamimura, Yüksel Pazarkaya, Syun and Kei Suzuki. Edited by RD and Joachim Kuolt. Stuttgart: Verlag in der Villa 1995.
  • Guests from Far Places. [Senriyama-Renku, together with Stephen Gibbs, Inui Hiroyuki, Scott Johnson, Kamimura Hiroo, Morisawa Iwao, Saeki Tetsuo, Sakamoto Yukio, Detlev F. Schauwecker, Suzuki Shun]. Ed. by Inui Hiroyuki, Morosawa Iwao, Sakamoto Yukio. Kansai University Press n.d. [1996] (2 editions)
  • Johannes Auer / Reinhard Döhl: "kill the poem". digital visual, concrete poetry and poem art. Edition Cyberfiction, Vol. 2. Zurich: update Verlag 2000
  • Reinhard Döhl reading book. With an afterword by Bettina Sorge. Neue Westfälische Literatur Vol. 10. Münster: Ardey Verlag 2002
  • stretch verses & long faces. a word game (mobile) with nineteen collages by the author. with an foreword by bettina sorge with the collaboration of armin elhardt. edition wuz, no. 17 , Freiberg in 2003
  • Reinhard Döhl Reading Book II. Compiled and with an afterword by Walter Gödden. Nylands Small Westphalian Library 33. Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag 2012. ISBN 978-3-89528-910-1

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Gerd Hergen Lübben: IF IN HERBSCHT ↔ SKÅL AND SALUT. nine mails regarding authors on the net on the thinking page for Reinhard Döhl // Texts / Pictures : URL (© 2004; missing since 2011) ( Memento of the original from April 7, 2005 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet tested. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. • Cf. print version in: DIE BRÜCKE - Forum for anti-racist politics and culture, issue 157, 2/2011 (Saarbrücken), p. 154f. In addition, the texts 4.2 »IF IM HERBSCHT ↔ SKÅL UND SALUT« │OR »NINE MAILS FROM AND TO… ↔ A CONTO FINTO« In: VERSIONS  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. - I | "From the logbook of a soul seller", "Thinka can dance • Kleist's emphases", "Appropriations • Daimonion" and other texts ; E-Book 2014, ISBN 978-3-95577-835-4 . @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / 2Template: Dead Link /  
  2. Dieter E. Zimmer: Cyclone Lolita. Information on an epoch-making novel . Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2008, p. 219 ff.
  3. Dieter E. Zimmer : Cyclone Lolita. Information on an epoch-making novel. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2008, p. 41.