Clara: or, On Nature's Connection to the Spirit World

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"This is the first English translation of Schelling's novel, most likely written after the death of his first wife, Caroline, the former wife of August Wilhelm Schlegel. Although only a fragment, Clara remains unique. Part novella, part philosophical tome, its central theme is the connection between this world and the next. Schelling masterfully weaves together his knowledge of animal magnetism, literary techniques, and his doctrine of the potencies to make his philosophy accessible to all." Steinkamp addresses the main issues concerning the
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"This is the first English translation of Schelling's novel, most likely written after the death of his first wife, Caroline, the former wife of August Wilhelm Schlegel. Although only a fragment, Clara remains unique. Part novella, part philosophical tome, its central theme is the connection between this world and the next. Schelling masterfully weaves together his knowledge of animal magnetism, literary techniques, and his doctrine of the potencies to make his philosophy accessible to all." Steinkamp addresses the main issues concerning the dating of the work - many commentators have deemed Clara to be a sketch for Schelling's The Ages of the World or an outline for the third, missing book of that work - and provides a short biography of Schelling with particular emphasis on events claimed to play a role in the conception of Clara, such as the deaths of both Caroline and her daughter, Auguste. She also shows how passages in Clara are strikingly similar to the content of Schelling's touching letters mourning Caroline, written to Pauline, the daughter of Caroline's best friend and the woman who would become his second wife. Clara, strongly influenced by the Romantic movement, is an early illustration of Schelling's attempt to unite his positive and negative philosophy.
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Steinkamp addresses the main issues concerning the dating of the work—many commentators have deemed Clara to be a sketch for Schelling’s The Ages of the World or an outline for the third, missing book of that work—and provides a short biography of Schelling with particular emphasis on events claimed to play a role in the conception of Clara, such as the deaths of both Caroline and her daughter, Auguste. She also shows how passages in Clara are strikingly similar to the content of Schelling’s touching letters mourning Caroline, written to Pauline, the daughter of Caroline’s best friend and the woman who would become his second wife. Clara, strongly influenced by the Romantic movement, is an early illustration of Schelling’s attempt to unite his positive and negative philosophy.
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Fiona Steinkamp is Professor of Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents

GENERAL INTRODUCTION by Fiona Steinkamp

Clara—Introducing the Text

Situating ClaraThe Ages of the World and Bruno

Dating of Clara

Schelling—Biographical Details xvii

Schelling’s Early Years
Caroline—Background
Schelling and Auguste
Schelling and Caroline
Schelling’s Letters and Their Similarity to
Clara
Schelling and Pauline

Who is Clara?

Closing Remarks

Biographical Sources Used

Notes about the Translation

Edition Translated
Translation Difficulties
Footnotes and Endnotes
Numbering of Sections
Acknowledgments

CHRONOLOGY

C L A R A
or, On Nature’s Connection to the Spirit World

INTRODUCTION

I [11]

II [27]

III [40]

IV [86]

V [92]

Spring [175]

Sketch [275]

APPENDIX

German Single Editions of Clara
Translations of Clara
Selected Works with Substantial Discussions of Clara
English Translations of Schelling

NOTES

GLOSSARY

German-English
English-German

REFERENCES

INDEX

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