Grey Room

Unpublished Preface to Discourse Networks

Friedrich A. Kittler


The term discourse network [Aufschreibesysteme] occurs (as a quotation from another language) in Daniel Paul Schreber’s Memoirs, where it represents the question in what place, in whose name, and addressed to whom what is put to paper. It seems a good term to conduct literary studies on an elementary level—as a history of practices whose interplay constitutes a literate culture. Our theme, quite simply, is speaking and hearing, reading and writing.