"The spirit of poesy" : essays on Jewish and German literature and thought in honor of Géza von Molnár /
edited by Richard Block and Peter Fenves.
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2000.
251 p.
0810116812 (alk. paper)
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Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2000.
0810116812 (alk. paper)
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This text presents a collection of essays in honour of Geza von Molnar. The essays focus on topics in literary theory and criticism.
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A testament to the "spirit of poesy" that informs the life and work of Geza von Molnar, this volume of essays comes together around his principal preoccupations: the philosophical foundations of Goethe's writings, the structure and reception of German romanticism, the ethics of reading, and the fate of European Jewry. At the center of this work is the idea of a genuinely free humanity -- from its ambiguous presence in the aesthetic projects of Goethe and German romanticism to its utter absence in the Nazi extermination camps. Combining works in philosophy, literature, and Jewish studies by established and younger scholars, this collection contributes significantly to an understanding of German culture.
Table of Contents
Can a Jew Have Feelings? The Aesthetics of Cultural Suicide in Moses Mendelssohn's Letters on Sentiments (1755)p. 1
The Subject's Aesthetic Foundation (on Kant)p. 27
Writing Down (Up) the Truth: Hegel and Schiller at the End of the Phenomenology of Spiritp. 47
Toward an Understanding of Romantic Darstellung: Klopstock's Representation of Lifep. 60
Labor Pains: Romantic Theories of Creativity and Genderp. 74
Gunderrode Mines Novalisp. 89
Madame de Stael and Goethep. 131
On Germany: Germaine de Stael and the Internationalization of Romanticismp. 150
Sketching Literary Influence: Gerard de Nerval and David Shaharp. 167
Perspectives of Wilhelm Meister's Travels and Nietzsche's Perspectivismp. 176
Smart Jews in Fin de Siecle Vienna: "Hybrids" and the Anxiety about Jewish Superior Intelligence - Hofmannsthal and Wittgensteinp. 193
Constructions of Reading: Reading between Freud and Benjaminp. 208
Constructing a Perfect Solitude: Metaethics in Franz Rosenzweig's Star of Redemptionp. 226
Non-Jewish Germans in the Service of Present-Day Jewish Causes: A Footnote to German Cultural Historyp. 233
A Bibliography of Writingsp. 247
Notes on Contributorsp. 249
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