The relationship between philosophical thought and poetic representation is the central theme of Uwe Steiner’s research, from his first book on Walter Benjamin’s reconstruction of the Romantic concept of criticism to his more recent work on the genre of eighteenth-century didactic poetry. Despised today, didactic poetry was held in high esteem by Leibniz and Voltaire in their argument on the doctrine of metaphysical optimism.
Theweleit was born in Ebenrode, East Prussia (now Nesterov, Russia), the son of a railway company worker. He wrote the following about his father: "Above all he was a railroader, wholeheartedly, as he used to say, and then a human being. He was a rather good human being and a good fascist. His beatings which he gave away abundantly and brutally as it was usual in his time and with the best of intentions were the first lessons I received on fascism, a fact I only later fully discovered."
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November 30, 2018
Marcel Schmid Talk ~ The Esoteric Roots of Seriality: Kammerer, Jung, and Koestler. November 15, at 5:00 P.M., NCH 236
November 15, 2018
William Coker Talk ~ Novel or New Mythology? Hölderlin’s Hyperion and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. NCH 236 at 4:00 P.M.
October 17, 2018
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