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Theory Is Like a Surging Sea

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ISBN: 9780692283950 Year: Pages: 104 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0108.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Philosophy
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In a 1917 letter to Gershom Scholem, Walter Benjamin writes, “Theory is like a surging sea.” This small book takes more than its title from that line—it takes that line as a point of departure in Erich Auerbach’s sense, an Ansatzpunkt, as a compositional principle so that what follows can be read in its entirety as a gloss on the remainder of Benjamin’s sentence: “Theory is like a surging sea, but the only thing that matters to the wave […] is to surrender itself to its motion in such a way that it crests and breaks.” That motion, in the pages to follow, takes up in its sweep two threads: it folds an episodic meditation on the negative and the problematic into a series of singular interrogations exemplary of the positive being of the problematic, the objective being of problems and questions, in a movement of implication and explication between poetry and philosophy in the tradition of what’s come to be known as theory. Theory is like a surging sea because it’s as part of a revolutionary tradition that it crests and breaks.

Kulturen der Gattung

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ISBN: 978335316218 Year: Pages: 713 Seiten Language: German
Publisher: Wallstein Verlag Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 235
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Cultures of Genre aims at a comprehensive, systematic and historical re-evaluation of the category of literary genre in German literature 1750-1950. It investigates aspects of the historical relationship between orders of knowledge, orders of literary genre and social orderings. Based on an understanding of genre as a performative act of cultural classification, the book analyzes the cultural poetics of writers and theorists including Johann Gottfried Herder, Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe, Jacob Grimm, Karoline v. Günderrode, Bettine v. Arnim, Adalbert Stifter, Georg Lukács, Walter Benjamin, Hugo v. Hofmannsthal and Bertolt Brecht.

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