(Hu)Man-Made Poetry: Thoughts on Aura and (Female) Authenticity of the Blog Gedankenbühne

  • Melanie Kage University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


With the internet as an established medium for artistic, communicative and commercial work, blogs written by amateur authors make the newest addition to the World Wide Web. Within the ever-growing blogosphere covering topics from politics to sports, Isabelle Küster, a German arts student, posts weekly updates about outfits and lifestyle on her fashion blog Moon Cult. Literary texts like she publishes on her very personal side project Gedankenbühne, are a minority and haven been neglected by academic research. This article analyzes the form and content of Gedankenbühne, with a focus on the production process of Küster’s art, using Walter Benjamin’s and Simone de Beauvoir’s critical theories. Their notions of aura and authenticity, female authorship and representation help interpret this poetry blog.

Author Biography

Melanie Kage, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Melanie Kage got her B.A. in German Studies and Media and Communication Studies at the University of Mannheim, Germany in 2007. Her M. A. in Language and Culture was received at the University of Linköping, Sweden in 2010. Since 2011, she is a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia with research interest in equine cultural studies, blog literature, female authorship and ecocriticism.

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