By Ronald Blythe
Woven from the phrases of the population of a small Suffolk village within the Nineteen Sixties, Akenfield is a masterpiece of twentieth-century English literature, a scrupulously saw and deeply affecting portrait of a spot and folks and a now vanished lifestyle. Ronald Blythe’s incredible publication increases enduring questions about the kin among reminiscence and modernity, nature and human nature, silence and speech.
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Auf Grundlage eines ökonomischen Gesellschaftsmodells zahlreicher Kleinproduzenten wurde jedoch davon ausgegangen, dass durch »Tüchtigkeit« und »Glück« jeder den Status eines Eigentümers erlangen und damit die Zulassungskriterien zu Öffentlichkeit (Bildung und Eigentum) erfüllen konnte (Habermas 1990: 158). Auf diese Weise stand Öffentlichkeit dem Prinzip nach nicht in Frage. Konstitutiv für die Entwicklung einer politischen Öffentlichkeit ist eine spezifische Kommunikationsform: das öffentliche Räsonnement.
Zwar findet in den Kaffeehäusern keine direkte Politisierung der literarischen Unterhaltungen statt; eine politische Dimension des literarischen Räsonnements zeigt sich stattdessen über den Umweg der Moral, denn die literarische Debatte wirft die Frage nach den Bedingungen einer besseren Lebenspraxis auf (Hohendahl 1985: 135). ). Die wissenschaftliche Diskussion um Öffentlichkeit beschränkt sich zumeist auf die aufklärerische Idee kritisch-rationaler Diskurse – diese war im Öffentlichkeitskonzept der Aufklärung jedoch stets auf die literarische Öffentlichkeit bezogen und umgekehrt (Schulte-Sasse 1980a: 17).
Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village by Ronald Blythe