Robert Musil chief editor of the “Journal of the soldiers” from the perspective of the Digital Humanities

Starting date
February 3, 2017
Duration (months)
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Managers or local contacts
Salgaro Massimo

Robert Musil, one of the most important authors of the 20th century German literature, fought in the Austrian army at the Italian front. During the First World War, between 1915 and 1917, Musil was also chief editor of the Tiroler Soldatenzeitung in Bozen and later of the Viennese journal Heimat. This activity has always been a philological problem for Musil scholars, who were not able to attribute these texts to the author through scientific criteria and never attempted to define carefully his style. By stylometrics analysis on the digital editions of these journals, we would like to provide a crucial contribution to both the scientific debate on this controversial topic of Musil criticism and the new forthcoming digital scientific edition of Musil’s collected works. Furthermore this project aims to shed a new light on the topic of Musil’s war experience, always read through these propagandistic texts, which have been censored by Musil scholars in order to not undermine the image of the author. (29.896€)

Project participants

Mariaelisa Dimino
Elmar Locher
Simone Rebora
Associate Professor
Massimo Salgaro
Associate Professor
Research areas involved in the project
Letterature tedesca e austriaca
Germanic Critical Theory & Poetics
Letterature tedesca e austriaca
Germanic Science Fiction, Literature and Science
Letterature tedesca e austriaca
German literature: Individual authors or works


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