Figures of Simplicity: Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville (Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory)

By Birgit Mara Kaiser

A interesting comparability of the paintings of Heinrich von Kleist and Herman Melville.

Figures of Simplicity explores a special constellation of figures from philosophy and literature—Heinrich von Kleist, Herman Melville, G. W. Leibniz, and Alexander Baumgarten—in an try to recuperate substitute conceptions of aesthetics and dimensions of considering misplaced within the disciplinary narration of aesthetics after Kant. this can be performed basically by means of tracing a number of “simpletons” that populate the writings of Kleist and Melville. those figures usually are not solely ignorant, or silly, yet easy. Their simplicity is a manner of considering, one who Birgit Mara Kaiser indicates is affective considering. Kaiser avers that Kleist and Melville are experimenting of their texts with an affective mode of pondering, and thereby proceed a key line inside eighteenth-century aesthetics: the relation of rationality and sensibility. via her analyses, she deals an overview of what pondering can appear like if we take affectivity into consideration.

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Deleuze, “Bartleby oder die Formel,” one hundred ten; emphasis additional. 24. Cf. Kommerell, “Sprache,” 244. 25. Ibid. , 247. 26. Ibid. 27. Ibid. , 248. 28. Ibid. , 249. 29. “Gertrud, so viel ich mich erinnere, hieß sie, mit der ich mich in einem, von dem Volk minder besuchten, Teil des Gartens…unterhielt” (SW I/6, 177; translation is my very own, emphasis added). 30. For using folds in Roussel, cf. Michel Foucault, dying and the Labyrinth: the area of Raymond Roussel (London: Continuum, 2007); Birgit M. Kaiser, “Falte. Die Implikation des Literarischen,” in Latenz. forty Annäherungen an einen Begriff, ed. Stefanie Diekmann and Thomas Khurana (Berlin: Kadmos, 2007), 67–72. end 1. so much prominently possibly the warfare laptop (with connection with Kleist in Deleuze and Guattari, one thousand Plateaus. 351–421), changing into (with connection with Kleist and Melville in Deleuze, “On the prevalence of Anglo-American Literature”; and Deleuze and Guattari, what's Philosophy? , 171–78); and better irrationalism (with connection with Melville in Deleuze, “Bartleby; or, the Formula”). 2. Deleuze, Essays serious and medical, 193. three. Cf. BF, eighty; Deleuze and Guattari, what's Philosophy? , 173. four. Deleuze, Masochism, 47–48, fifty three. five. Herman Melville, The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade, ed. Hershel Parker (New York/London: Norton, 1971). 6. Gilles Deleuze, Francis Bacon, 6. For Deleuze's difficult concept of the determine, not easy specifically in regard to its literary makes use of, cf. Rancière, “Deleuze, Bartleby, and the Literary formulation. ” 7. “Denn wer das Käthchen liebt, dem kann die Penthesilea nicht ganz unbegreiflich sein, sie gehören ja wie das + und – in der Algebra zusammen, und sind ein und dasselbe Wesen, nur unter entgegengesetzten Beziehungen gedacht” (SWB, 818; translation is my own). eight. Melville, The Confidence-Man, fifty nine. nine. Ibid. 10. Jacobs, “Style of Kleist,” fifty five. eleven. Deleuze and Guattari, what's Philosophy? , 65–66. Bibliography Adler, Hans, ed. Aesthetics and Aisthetics. New views and (Re)Discoveries. Oxford/New York: Peter Lang, 2002. Agamben, Giorgio. “Bartleby, or On Contingency. ” In possibilities, 243–71. Stanford: Stanford collage Press, 1999. Arsic´, Branca. “Active conduct and Passive occasions or Bartleby. ” In among Deleuze and Derrida, ed. Paul Patton and John Protevi, 135–57. London/New York: Continuum, 2003. Barck, Karlheinz, Dieter Kliche, and Jörg Heininger. “Ästhetik/ästhetisch. ” Ästhetische Grundbegriffe 1 (2000): 308–17. Barnouw, Jeffrey. “The Beginnings of ‘Aesthetics’ and the Leibnizian perception of Sensation. ” In Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics and the Reconstruction of paintings, ed. Paul Mattick, 52–95. Cambridge, Cambridge collage Press, 1993. Barnouw. “The Cognitive price of bewilderment and Obscurity within the German Enlightenment: Leibniz, Baumgarten, Herder. ” reports in Eighteenth-Century tradition 24 (1995): 29–50. Baumgarten, Alexander Gottlieb. Ästhetik, ed. and trans. Dagmar Mirbach. Hamburg: Felix Meiner, 2007. Baumgarten. Philosophische Briefe von Aletheophilus. Frankfurt/Leipzig: Universität zu Halle, 1741. Baumgarten. Reflections on Poetry.

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