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Aesthetic Homosociality in Wackenroder and Tieck
     

Aesthetic Homosociality in Wackenroder and Tieck

by Kevin F. Yee
 
Wackenroder’s and Tieck’s joint works, the Herzensergiessungen (1796) and the Phantasien (1799), are often read piecemeal or as documents of art history. When viewed through their complex narrative structure, however, these texts are revealed as performative works of art that promulgate an aesthetic vision closely tied to patriarchy and

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Wackenroder’s and Tieck’s joint works, the Herzensergiessungen (1796) and the Phantasien (1799), are often read piecemeal or as documents of art history. When viewed through their complex narrative structure, however, these texts are revealed as performative works of art that promulgate an aesthetic vision closely tied to patriarchy and homosociality. Great male artists throughout history, including the fictional narrator, his friend Berglinger and even the authors themselves, are united through brotherhood and commonality of purpose. Such an arrangement excludes women from the artistic realm, and men form bonds of affection centered around a love of art – an «aesthetic triangle.» These two texts should not be seen as collections of disparate essays, but rather as integrated wholes that complement each other.

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Analyzes two foundational texts of early Romanticism in Germany, the and ber die Kunst, f<:u>r Freunde der Kunst/>. Examines the narrative framework created through the functions of these works' narrators as both narrators and characters in their own narration, to reveal new dimensions to old, long recognized aesthetic debates in the texts. Also discusses authorship questions, and conceptions of art and artists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820444611
Publisher:
Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Studies in Modern German Literature , #94
Pages:
185
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Kevin F. Yee is Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa. His previous publications include articles on Wackenroder as well as Goethe’s Wahlverwandtschaften, and he has reviewed the recent historical-critical edition of Wackenroder’s works.

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