The project heuristically draws upon research on GDR literature viewed from the perspective of Bourdieu’s notion of literary field and, perspectively, aims at a complete coverage of this field. For this purpose, it is necessary to 1.) collect data for providing the empirical basis for advanced quantitative analysis 2.) apply quantitative methods for exemplarily investigating literary fields and networks 3.) develop user friendly software tools for data input and exploration. The pilot study is dedicated to the direct students of the German Institute for Literature „Johannes R. Becher“ (IfL) in Leipzig.