The Spirit of Poesy: Essays on Jewish and German Literature and Thought in Honor of Géza Von Molnar

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Northwestern University Press, 2000 - Literary Collections - 251 pages
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.

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Contents

The Subjects Aesthetic Foundation on Kant 2
27
Hegel and Schiller at the
47
Romantic Theories of Creativity and Gender
74
Günderrode Mines Novalis
89
Madame de Staël and Goethe
131
Germaine de Staël and the Internationalization
150
Gérard de Nerval
167
Perspectives of Wilhelm Meisters Travels and Nietzsches
176
Hybrids and the Anxiety
193
Reading between Freud
208
Metaethics
226
NonJewish Germans in the Service of PresentDay
233
A Bibliography of Writings
247
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Richard Block is an assistant professor in the Department of German and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the Unviersity of Colorado. His publications incude studies of Althusser and Marx, Brecht and Adorno, Kleist and Schleiermacher, Benjamin and Klages, and Stifter and Hungarian politics. He is currently completing a book-length manuscript investigating Italy and the German literary imagination.

Peter Fenves is a professor of German, comparative literature, philosophy, and political science at Northwestern University. His books include A Peculiar Fate: Metaphysics and World-History in Kant; "Chatter": Language and History in Kierkegaard; and Arresting Language--from Leibniz to Benjamin. He is the editor of Raising the Tone of Philosophy: Late Essays by Immanuel Kant, Transformative Critique by Jacques Derrida and the translator of Werner Hamacher's Premises. He has written numerous articles on philosophy, literature, and literary theory.

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