Title Andreas Okopenko: diaries from the poet’s estate (hybrid edition)

Encoded by   Vanessa Hannesschläger

Encoded by   Daniel Schopper


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In the year 2012, the Literary Archives of the Austrian National Library acquired the rights to the literary estate of the Austrian poet Andreas Okopenko (1930-2010), winner, among others, of the Grand Austrian State Prize for Literature (1998) and the Georg Trakl Prize (2002). His estate is a comprehensive collection of diary notations, typescripts, notes, correspondence, and other material. It has been partly arranged by the poet himself, and its classification has been informally continued by the Literary Archives. Regarding text-genetical (1.), poetological (2.) and literary historical (3.) aspects, the diaries are the core of the 28 boxes of the poet’s estate (which has to be matched with the 25 boxes of the pre mortem bequest).

Throughout his life, Andreas Okopenko kept a position outside of all existing literary trends. This means that the estate is important in at least three ways: It allows us to compare his personal writings with the typescripts and text variants and to lay the foundations for a comprehensive text-genetical study and interpretation for Okopenko’s experimental work – ranging from literary small forms to essays and radio plays, up to his best known avant-gardist novels Lexikon-Roman (1970) and Kindernazi (1984) (1.). Furthermore, Okopenko’s writing is characterized by providing a feeling of "personal" realism (Concretionism) and by a high level of cultural self-reflection. As such, the estate stands as a formidable individualistic testimony of contemporary Austrian history (2.). Finally, Okopenko turned out to be a reserved but rigorous observer of the literary scene in Austria’s Second Republic. Therefore, the diaries in particular will provide different views on the formation and the local value of Austrian literature (3.). The first-range importance of the literary estate as a whole can be found in the areas of text-genetical and interpretational research and in literary and contemporary history. Okopenko’s highly personal perceptions and awareness of his own historical context make him a distinguished "archaeologist" , "archivist" and "chronicler" of his time.

Above all, the first-range importance of the literary estate can be found in the area of Digital Humanities. Regarding Okopenko’s pioneer work in hypertext-poetry, the project will focus on an annotated digital edition of the diaries (following the TEI Guidelines) connected to the website of the Austrian National Library in a sustainable manner and with unlimited access. In addition, the most significant parts of the annotated diaries will be printed. A close collaboration between the Department for German Studies of the University of Vienna (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roland Innerhofer) and the Literary Archives (Priv.-Doz. Dr. Bernhard Fetz) will guarantee the optimal valorization of the estate and will represent Okopenko’s writing in a contemporary light.