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Heidegger, Holderlin, and the Subject of Poetic Language

Toward a New Poetics of Dasein

Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei

Publication Year: 2004

Heidegger's interpretations of the poetry of Hlderlin are central to Heidegger's later philosophy and have determined the mainstream reception of Hlderlin's poetry. Gosetti-Ferencei argues that Heidegger has overlooked central elements in Hlderlin's poetics, such as a Kantian understanding of aesthetic subjectivity and a commitment to Enlightenment ideals. These elements, she argues, resist the more politically distressing aspects of Heidegger's interpretations, including Heidegger's nationalist valorization of the German language and sense of nationhood, or Heimat.In the context of Hlderlin's poetics of alienation, exile, and wandering, Gosetti-Ferencei draws a different model of poetic subjectivity, which engages Heidegger's later philosophy of Gelassenheit, calmness, or letting be. In so doing, she is able to pose a phenomenologically sensitive theory of poetic language and a new poetics of Dasein,or being there.

Published by: Fordham University Press

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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xiv

AIartin Heidegger's theory of language, in particular in his interpretations of the poet Friedrich Holderlin, has brought poetry to the forefront of philosophical thought after more than two millennia of nearly unanimous, but also highly problematic, philosophical ejection of poetry from the realm of knowledge and truth. This alone makes Heidegger's...


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pp. xv-xvi

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pp. xvii-xviii

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pp. 1-26

AIartin Heidegger's thinking, from the beginning, anticipates a turn to poetic language and to Holderlin. Although Heidegger became seriously occupied with Holderlin in his wrritings and lectures in the 1930s, he had read him decades earlier, even before the publication of Hellingrath's edition of Holderlin's collected works, which began...

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Heidegger's Critique of Subjectivity and the Poetic Turn

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pp. 27-60

Heidegger's poetics, especially its Holderlinian elements, can be understood only within the context of a consideration of his theory of Being in its broader development. Important here is that the trajectory of Heidegger's ontological concerns spans several stages from his early treatments of facticity to his later theory of language, and at each stage...

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Heidegger's Hölderlin

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pp. 61-98

We have seen that Heidegger's turn to poetic language and his theory of language are issued in a critique of subjectivity as forgetfulness of Being in favor of thinking that, in remembrance and recollection, recalls the Seinsgeschichte. Poetic language is not only the shelter of truth, but it also founds and institutes truth in radically recollecting an essential destinal origin...

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Poetic Subjectivity and the Elusiveness of Being

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pp. 99-143

If the meaning borne by poetic language seems elusive, that which it brings to words, when regarded ontologically, is the very elusiveness of Being-the impossibility of grasping Being as absolute presence. Since Being must be accessed as withdrawing-emerging presence- as a complex play of presence and absence -poetic language...

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The Critique of Technology and the Poetics of "Life"

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pp. 144-170

One of the principal aims of Heidegger's poetics is to counter the technological attitude toward an objectified nature or earth by offering the poetic as an alternative configuration of human dwelling. I this chapter, I first present Heidegger's critique of technology in the context of its fundamental rejection of subjectivity and then question whether the alternative offered by the poetic requires this outright rejection. I argue...

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The Politics of Sacrifice

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pp. 171-201

Heidegger's views of poetic dwelling - his alternative to modern metaphjrsics and its reduction of the lifeworld to mere objectivity and static presence -vacillate between reference to factical life and a striving towrard pure ontology, such as when he articulates the event or occurrence, Ereignis art from the specificity of what occurs. This duality...

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Revolutionary Poetics and the Subject-in-Process

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pp. 202-236

A new account of the relationship among poetic language, existence, and truth might be achieved by a new poetics of Dasein. As we have seen, Heidegger's philosophy disqualifies the modern subject, and, after Being and Time, the anthropocentrism and humanism of an existential self. His poetics eschews all traces of subjectivism, particularly in elucidating...

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A New Poetics of Dasein

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pp. 237-258

In letters discussing poetic strategy, the French poet Arthur Rimbaud repeatedly uses the following phrase: "je est un autre," or "I is someone else."' This formulation might suggest, at first glance, an ecstatic abandonment of self, confirmed perhaps in the multiple viewpoints the poet...


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pp. 259-290

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 291-300


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pp. 301-308

E-ISBN-13: 9780823247943
Print-ISBN-13: 9780823223602
Print-ISBN-10: 0823223604

Page Count: 336
Publication Year: 2004

OCLC Number: 733997219
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  • Heidegger, Martin, 1889-1976.
  • Hölderlin, Friedrich, 1770-1843 -- Language.
  • German poetry -- History and criticism.
  • Poetics -- History.
  • Phenomenology and literature.
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