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Pretexts for writing : German Romantic prefaces, literature, and philosophy

Author: Seán M Williams
Publisher: Lewisburg, Pennsylvania : Bucknell University Press, [2019]. ©2019
Series: New studies in the age of Goethe.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Around 1800, print culture became a particularly rich source for metaphors about thinking as well as writing, nowhere more so than in the German tradition of Dichter und Denker. Goethe, Jean Paul, and Hegel (among many others) used the preface in order to reflect on the problems of writing itself, and its interpretation. If Sterne teaches us that a material book enables mind games as much as it gives expression to
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Jean Paul; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; Jean Paul; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; Jean Paul
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Seán M Williams
ISBN: 9781684480531 1684480531 9781684480524 1684480523
OCLC Number: 1038489198
Description: xi, 261 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: What prefaces are not : pedantic notes --
Chapter 1. Goethe : a playful and resistive set of preface strategies --
Chapter 2. Jean Paul: autoprefacing --
Chapter 3. Hegel : prefatorial polemic becomes philosophy.
Series Title: New studies in the age of Goethe.
Responsibility: Seán M. Williams.

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Weaving in authors from Antiquity to Agamben, Williams shows how European - and, above all, German - Romanticism was a watershed in the history of the preface. The playful, paradoxical strategies  Read more...

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