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The Resource Pretexts for writing : German Romantic prefaces, literature, and philosophy, Seán M. Williams

Pretexts for writing : German Romantic prefaces, literature, and philosophy, Seán M. Williams

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Pretexts for writing : German Romantic prefaces, literature, and philosophy
Title
Pretexts for writing
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German Romantic prefaces, literature, and philosophy
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Seán M. Williams
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eng
Summary
  • "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 them, the Germans made these games more theoretical still. 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 that Romantic writers invented are later played out in continental philosophy, and in post-Structuralist literature. The preface is a prompt for playful thinking with texts, as much as it is conventionally the prosaic product of such an exercise"--
  • "In this incisive, original book, S. Williams reads prefaces to German literature and philosophy around 1800 as pretexts for writing, examining three of the most remarkable preface-writers of that era--Goethe, Jean Paul, and Hegel--in the contexts not only of German, but also European print culture, thought, and literature"--
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1985-
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Williams, Seán M.
Dewey number
830.9/006
Index
index present
LC call number
PT311
LC item number
.W547 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
New studies in the age of Goethe
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  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
  • Jean Paul
  • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich
  • German literature
  • Prefaces
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
  • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich
  • Jean Paul
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / German
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Gothic & Romance
  • PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics
  • German literature
  • Prefaces
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Pretexts for writing : German Romantic prefaces, literature, and philosophy, Seán M. Williams
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-253) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1038489198
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 261 pages
Isbn
9781684480531
Lccn
2018030779
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1038489198
Label
Pretexts for writing : German Romantic prefaces, literature, and philosophy, Seán M. Williams
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-253) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1038489198
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 261 pages
Isbn
9781684480531
Lccn
2018030779
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1038489198

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