· BAUMBACH, Sibylle. “‘Only Connect’: The Aesthetics of Fragmentation and Mindful Literary Studies.” In: Ansgar Nünning, Vera Nünning und Alexander Scherr (Hgg.). Literature and Literary Studies in the Twenty-First Century: Cultural Concerns – Concepts – Case Studies. Trier: WVT. 2021. 73-92.
-> Introduces the conceptual and methodological framework for a cultural narratology of attention, arguing that literary forms expose and shape attentional capacities.
· BAUMBACH, Sibylle. “Mind the Narratives: Towards a Cultural Narratology of Attention.” In: Astrid Erll und Roy Sommer (Hgg.). Narrative in Culture. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter. 2019. 37-57.
-> Calls for cross-disciplinary attention studies and explores the role of form for such an endeavour.
· ENGELHARDT, Nina. Modernism, Fiction and Mathematics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2018.
-> Explores (among other things) how literary writers engage with ideas of mathematical formalism and employ these for innovations in literary form.
· ENGELHARDT, Nina. “What – and How – Form Knows: Form, Formalism, and Mathematics in Virginia Woolf’s Fiction”. Anglistik 30.2 (2019). 31-46.
-> Examines the role of formalist mathematics for ideas of literary formalism and literary form, particularly Virginia Woolf’s modernist innovations.
· ETTER, Lukas. “Antebellum Arithmetic and Abolitionist Newspapers.” Readex Report 16.1 (2021).
-> The essay discusses references to formal logic as a means of political persuasion, with a focus on mid-nineteenth-century abolitionist speeches.
· ETTER, Lukas. Distinctive Styles and Authorship in Alternative Comics. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2021.
-> The monograph addresses the benefits and limits of formal analyses — in particular, stylistic analyses of alternative comics — and discusses how artistic style may influence the ways in which readers construct authorship.
· FUNK, Wolfgang, Irmtraud HUBER, und Natalie ROXBURGH. “What Form Knows: The Literary Text as Framework, Model, and Experiment.” Anglistik 30.2 (2019), 5-13.
-> Provides an overview of recent new formalist work and trends.
· FUNK, Wolfgang. “Contradictions of Form, Forms of Contradiction: Affordance as an Epistemological Tool”. In: Gisela Febel, Cordula Nolte und Ingo H. Warnke (Hgg.). Contradiction Studies: Mapping the Field. Wiesbaden: Springer VS (in print).
-> Examines the epistemological potential of understanding form as an inherently contradictory/paradoxical concept and makes a case for the singularity of poetic discourse, and the formal analysis thereof, as a counterpoint to calls for a ‘consilience’ of scientific and literary epistemological procedures.
· GUTTZEIT, Gero. “Unseeing People: Towards a Clear View of Invisible Characters in Narrative Fiction.” Études Britanniques Contemporaines 61 (2021). Invisible Lives, Silent Voices.
-> Establishes three dimensions of the representation of invisible characters in narrative fiction, two of which are formal: power, genre, and focalization.
· GUTTZEIT, Gero. The Figures of Edgar Allan Poe: Authorship, Antebellum Literature, and Transatlantic Rhetoric. ANGLIA Book Series Volume 56. Berlin: De Gruyter. 2017.
-> Traces transatlantic forms of eloquence across narrative, poetic, and critical texts and establishes a rhetorical theory of authorship.
· HUBER, Irmtraud. “You may guess: Poetics of Knowability in the Work of the Rossetti Siblings.” Anglistik 33.2 (2022).
-> Showcases the way verse form can be employed to evoke and explore the limits of knowability.
· JONES, Ewan. “Thermodynamic Rhythm: The Poetics of Waste”, Representations 144.1 (2018), 61–89.
-> Devotes sustained attention to the manner in which discussions of poetic rhythm are implicated in broader contemporary discourses over entropy; develops a phenomenological account of ‘waste’ as a positive resource in the experience of verse form.
· JONES, Ewan. Coleridge and the Philosophy of Poetic Form. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. 2014.
-> A monograph that argues that the formal repertoire of verse – prosody, rhyme, generic convention – offers a distinctive means of thinking philosophy, within and beyond the work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
· MÜLLER, Timo. The African American Sonnet: A Literary History. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2018.
-> Examines how African American poets have adapted and modified the sonnet form from the 1870s to the early twenty-first century.
· MÜLLER, Timo. “Forms of Exile: Experimental Self-Positioning in Postcolonial Caribbean Poetry.” Atlantic Studies 13.4 (2016): 457-71.
-> Examines how Caribbean poets have negotiated the experience of exile by creating hybrid forms that combine colonial, indigenous, and exilic impulses.
· KLÄGER, Florian, Robert Matthias Erdbeer und Klaus Stierstorfer (Hgg.). Form. De Gruyter, 2022. Grundthemen der Literaturwissenschaft.
-> A survey of the state of the art, with substantial links to other disciplines.
· KLÄGER, Florian: „‚Historical Dialogues‘: Zur Rolle des Dialogs bei der Konstruktion und Konfrontation historisch gewachsener Kollektive im elisabethanischen Irlanddiskurs.“ In: Frank Bezner und Kirsten Mahlke (Hgg.). Zwischen Wissen und Politik: Archäologie und Genealogie frühneuzeitlicher Vergangenheitskonstruktionen. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011, 131–59.
-> Explores the uses of the dialogue form in the specific historical configuration of Neo-Platonic poetics and colonial politics obtaining in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Ireland.
· ROXBURGH, Natalie. “Constructing the Body Politic: Form, Disinterestedness, and the Modern State.” Journal for the Study of British Cultures 25.1 (2018): 85-96.
-> Takes a formalist and constructivist approach to representations of the state in seventeen-century Britain, arguing that the formal force of disinterestedness was salient in literary and cultural texts.
· ROXBURGH, Natalie, und Felix SPRANG. “Knowing Plant, Knowing Form: Probing the Poetics of Phyto-Centric Life.” European Journal of English Studies 22:3 (2018): 224-240.
-> Takes a historical approach to point out that poetic form is a shared experience, that (reading) communities shared and share ideas via form.
· SPRANG, Felix. “The Confines of Cognitive Literary Studies: The Sonnet and a Cognitive Poetics of Form.” Journal of Literary Theory 11, 2 (2017): 240-254.
-> Explores problems of formalism relating to the digital humanities with their focus on big data at the expense of phenomenology; engaging with the question: how can we process and communicate experienced form?
· SWIFT, Simon. “Keats, Peterloo and Seriality.” The Keats-Shelley Review, 35.2 (2021): 158-168.
-> Interested in how thinking about canonical Romantic lyric poems between Revolutionary events and popular media forms of repetition and recursivity questions a hyperbolic commitment to “the event”, in theories of the lyric as much as in revolutionary history, in order to find strangely transformative powers in watching and copying.
· THAIN, Marion. The Lyric Poem and Aestheticism: Forms of Modernity. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2016.
-> Explores the transformation of the lyric poem in response to modernity with particular attention to the role of form.
· THAIN, Marion. “Parnassian Cosmopolitanism: Transnationalism and Poetic Form”, Victorian Poetry 57.4 (Winter 2019).
-> Explores poetic form as an interface with experience that mediates, reflects upon, and is informed by, cultural transformations.
· VON CONTZEN, Eva. “Experience, Affect, and Literary Lists.” Partial Answers 16.2 (2018): 315-27.
-> Analyses the form of the list using Levine’s concept of form as affordance, showing how lists, by evoking the everyday practice of list-making, invite audiences to experience lists in literary texts differently from other textual forms.
· VON CONTZEN, Eva. “‘Both Close and Distant’: Experiments of Form and the Medieval in Contemporary Literature.” Frontiers of Narrative 3.2 (2017): 289-303.
–> Illustrates why it is useful to approach formal features in a broad diachronic trajectory in order to better understand narrative means that are too quickly labelled ‘innovative’ or ‘exp erimental’.