Heidegger and the Romantics: The Literary Invention of Meaning

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In this study, Vandevelde examines the literary invention of meaning as understood by Heidegger and the romantic poets. The mimetic model has dominated the understanding of poetry and literary production in the west since the time of the Plato. This book examines two powerful attempts to free the understanding of poetry or literary production from the model of mimesis. The first attempt examined is the one made by early German romanticism, especially Friedrich Schlegel and Novalis. The second is the one made by Martin Heidegger in the following century. The goal is not, however, to argue for a simple filiation between Heidegger and the romantics, but rather to examine in the similarities and differences of their respective projects the possibility to re-think the old quarrel between literature and philosophy which has been settled in favor of philosophy. By bringing to the fore the power or potentiality that lies dormant in any work both the early German romantics and Heidegger in their own way question the very boundaries of discourses. Such a move has radical ontological and epistemological consequences. Both projects in their respective manner claimed that the work is in its essence a process instead of an entity. As a result the reading and interpretion of literary works are no longer merely extrinsic to the work but they amount to a continuation of the very work completing it as it were. Such an activity is neither merely literary nor merely philosophical, but thinking in action.

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"Pol Vandevelde’s Heidegger and the Romantics is an important and, in many ways, pioneering study [...] There is much rich detail in Vandevelde’s exemplary book; it is based on solid scholarship and it is full of provocative implications." —Hakhamanesh Zangeneh, California State University Stanislaus, USA in Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual Volume 3, 2013
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Pol Vandevelde is Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Challenge Literature Represents for Philosophy 1. Literature: From Greek Mimesis to Romantic Poesie 2. German Romanticism: The Work as Fragment 3. Heidegger's Turn to Poetry in the 1930s: Four Paradigms 4. Poetry as Translation: Heidegger's Reformulation of the Romantic Project 5. Conclusion: Toward an Ethics of Interpretation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013


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    Posted December 27, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Diana, Raining Fire

    I watched their faces as the fact sank in. Luke abandoned the tough-guy routine, slumping back in his chair. Kyle took a shuddering breath. "Wow," he said quietly. "So, are you a Mage, too?"
    "Yeah. I'm a Mage of Light. I go out to find Mages in this area and bring them here to train them. Once they are ready, they're sent to the Council. The Mages in the world must gather together soon, or Magic will fall, and soon after, the world." I left the theatre room.
    Luke followed me. "Wait. Janie—"
    "Jade." I corrected without slowing my pace.
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    "I turned 12 a few weeks ago." Luke answered. "Why?"
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    "Request acknowledged."
    Another door appeared next to the entrance of the theatre. I walked briskly up to it, placed my hand on the doorknob, and stared into an eye scanner. It retracted into the ceiling, and I led them in. I hid my dagger in my combat boot, and strapped a long sword to my side, slinging a bow and a quiver full of arrows over my shoulder. "Here is where you'll find your weapon. It is good to be fluent with more than one, but it's best to start with something small. A dagger like mine, darts, the like."
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    A dart gun was in Kyle's hands, along with a blade of his own.
    "I like it." I gave them both a thumbs up. "Time for training. You two ready?" I was going to enjoy this.

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    Posted December 28, 2013


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    Posted December 26, 2013


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