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The Biography. Translated from German by Sebastian Goth and Kelly Kawar
Translators: Sebastian Goth and Kelly Kawar
Kleist has fascinated readers like no other German writer. How did a one-time soldier with an unremarkable literary education become one of the greatest innovators of German literature? What allows for the tragedy of his life? In what ways does his work speak to us today?
In his great biography Günter Blamberger gives us a new Kleist: Unlike conventional approaches, he does not try to understand Kleist's life from the perspective of its end—from the perspective of his suicide as the final catastrophe of a life in permanent crisis. Rather, he remains at eye-level with Kleist’s present, narrating from the perspective of Kleist’s experience—in the moment with him—capturing the unsettling or the astonishing in each phase of his life, the explosive nature of each one of his risky experiments in living and writing. The result is an indispensable work of German literary history—a vivid, captivating biography of one of the greatest literary geniuses of all time.
On the Fascination and Power of Aesthetic Ideas. Translated from German by Joel Golb
“M’illumino/d’immenso” – “I’m lit/with immensity” is Geoffrey Brock’s translation of Giuseppe Ungaretti’s poem Mattina. In the poem’s minimalism, Ungaretti points to the maximal: the richness of poetry’s expressive possibilities and the power of thinking in literature.
This book addresses the fascination of readers to transcend the boundaries of their own in fiction, and literature’s capacity, according to Kant, even to evoke, with the help of the development of aesthetic ideas, representations that exceed what is empirically and conceptually graspable – in case studies about myths of creativity, images of death and the beyond after the ‘death of God’, of the soul, of melancholy as the dark ground of genius, of metamorphoses of both evil and good, of ecstasy, of the economy of self-sacrifice, of the art of resistance, and, among others, about figurations of biography and the portrait as approaches to singularity, what is particular and cannot be fully subsumed to any universality.
Uses and Abuses of an American Icon
Thoreau in an Age of Crisis reconsiders the relevance of 19th-century-American naturalist, philosopher, and social reformer Henry David Thoreau to our troubled present.
This new anthology collects the work of fourteen leading scholars from various disciplines. They consider Thoreau’s life and work in light of contemporary concerns regarding racism, climate change, environmental policy, and political strife. They review Thoreau’s trajectory as a scientist and literary artist, as well as his evolving attitudes toward Native American cultures. Its essaysists also consider Thoreau’s acoustics, concepts of play, and impact on later writers. Most provocatively, they reveal a vulnerable and empathetic Thoreau, a far cry from the distanced and misanthropic critic often portrayed in popular culture.
Claims and Limits of a Lost Discipline
Volume Editors: Andrea Allerkamp and Martin Roussel
When the Werner Reimers Foundation organized a colloquium on Human Ethology in 1977, it was about Claims and Limits of a New Discipline as a bridge between biology and the social sciences and humanities. As a lost discipline, however, the interdisciplinary approach to ethology only takes shape in a dispersed dispositif. This is the framing argument, which derives from the nucleus of ethology, namely that the starting point of all knowledge is the body in its possibilities of movement in time and space to affect and be affected. In their essays (English or German), the contributors to this collection have worked through the heterogeneity of ethological thought – from Spinoza to Jakob von Uexküll, Gregory Bateson, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Philippe Descola, or Isabelle Stengers – and practice – as, for example in the works of Virginia Woolf or Marcel Beyer – and have taken it as an opportunity to relocate ethology,
I. as an “Immanent Ecology,” with essays by Kerstin Andermann, Hanjo Berressem, and Verena Andermatt Conley
II. in the discussion of “Anthropological Contrasts,” with essays by Marc Rölli, Mirjam Schaub, and Stefan Rieger, and
III. in “Ethological Interferences and Practices,” with essays by Stephan Zandt, Anthony Uhlmann, and Adrian Robanus
A commentary by Sophia Gräfe concludes the volume.
Ancient Portraiture as Figuration of the Particular. Translated from German by Ross Brendle
Translator: Ross Brendle
This volume shows how the portraits of the Greeks and Romans gave shape to and reinforced the perceptions of the particular character of a person.
These considerations are based on intensive archaeological research, which in recent decades has successfully addressed questions of typology, identification, and historical classification of ancient portraits. Three aspects are examined in the interweaving of case studies and general reflections: the preconditions for the creation of portraits; the medial conditions of the creation processes; the efficacy of the created form.
Was war, was ist, was sein wird
Volume Editors: Laura Vordermayer and Christian Quintes
Einen Blick in das verlorene Paradies werfen, den eigenen Tod erleben – nirgends scheint die Relativität von Zeit und Raum greifbarer zu sein als im Traum. Der Band beleuchtet dieses Phänomen aus literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlicher, philosophischer und psychologischer Perspektive.
Träume wurden in der Kulturgeschichte immer wieder als „anderer“ Erfahrungsmodus begriffen, in dem die Logik des Wachzustands zum Teil aufgehoben ist. Gerade diese Diskrepanz begründet eine bis in die Antike zurückreichende Faszination für den Traum, der im Kontext unterschiedlicher Deutungssysteme als Zugang zu neuen Erkenntnissen und verborgenen Wahrheiten gilt. Das trifft auch auf einen der zentralen Parameter menschlicher Wahrnehmung zu: die Zeit. Der Band befasst sich mit der Wahrnehmung von Zeit im Traum. Welches Potenzial bietet sie zur Darstellung historischer Ereignisse in literarischen Texten? Die Beiträge beleuchten verschiedene Aspekte der Thematik in einem Rahmen vom 10. Jahrhundert bis heute.
Interdisziplinäre Studien zu Randgebieten der Wissenschaft in der Moderne: Wie muss etwas Neues beschaffen sein, damit es im Wissenschaftssystem verankert werden kann?
Unter welchen Umständen werden wissenschaftliche Heterodoxien als Innovationen anerkannt, als Minderheitenpositionen toleriert oder als Aberrationen abgelehnt? Welche Prozesse begünstigen die Integration alternativer Theorien in ein dominantes Paradigma, welche begünstigen ihre Marginalisierung? Diesen Fragen geht der Band „Wissenschaftliche Heterodoxien in der Moderne“ nach.