Marginal Modernity:The Aesthetics of Dependency from Kierkegaard to Joyce
The Aesthetics of Dependency from Kierkegaard to Joyce
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Fordham University Press
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Whatever else there might be disagreement about with respect to modernism, a consensus exists that “autonomy” is central to it. This is visible not only in those critics who see it as the pivotal category of modernist aesthetics1 but also in those who instead associate...
Part One: Philosophical Foundations
1. Presuppositions and Varietiesof Aesthetic Experience
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As scholars of the history of philosophy have frequently pointed out, the extraordinary rise in importance of aesthetics since the late eighteenth century is due, not least, to the solution it provided to the epistemological problems inherited from Kant’s Copernican...
Part Two: Aesthetic Forms at theScandinavian Periphery
2. Johan Ludvig Heibergand the Autonomy of Art
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The analysis in this chapter is governed by two overarching aims. First, I seek to establish the sociohistorical context for the reception in Golden Age Denmark of the idealist principles outlined in the previous chapter. Second, I lay bare the implications of these same...
3. Aesthetics of Fragmentation in Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt
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This chapter traces Henrik Ibsen’s transition from an adherence to the principles of idealism in his early works to his rejection of the same in Peer Gynt. Its central purpose is thus twofold. On the one hand, it examines the sociohistorical critique of idealism entailed...
4. Nora’s Departure and theAesthetics of Dependency
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The preceding chapter has made clear that the breakthrough of Ibsen’s mature aesthetics cannot be defined in terms of his rejection of the idealist paradigm (as Toril Moi claims in Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism) or through his turn to an allegorical...
Part Three: Modernism and Dependency
5. Henry James and the Emergence of the Major Phase
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In 1891, Henry James entered the “Ibsen Controversy” with a favorable review of Hedda Gabler, his first in a series of articles on the Norwegian dramatist. While James’s defense of Ibsen is an occurrence largely neglected by the secondary literature...
7. Hugo von Hofmannsthal and the Language of the Future
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Of all the authors dealt with in this study, Hugo von Hofmannsthal has a relationship to Scandinavian literature that is the most difficult to determine. To my knowledge, no study on the topic exists, and the archive is difficult to reconstruct. We know, however, that Hofmannsthal...
7. Conflict and Mediationin James Joyce’s “The Dead
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It must be one of the most cited facts in the scholarship on Joyce that he began his career as an author with a review of Ibsen’s final play, When We Dead Awaken. The review, titled “Ibsen’s New Drama,” was published in the Fortnightly Review in 1900 and was based...
8. Intransitive Love in Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
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It seems appropriate to conclude this study with an examination of Rainer Maria Rilke’s novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, written between 1904 and 1910 and centered on a Danish character. Among the many Scandinavian authors that Rilke was closely familiar with (including figures such...
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The preceding chapters have argued that an aesthetic paradigm not previously considered by the secondary literature must be understood as central to the evolution of European Modernism. Distinct from the models of both autonomy and fragmentation that the field has traditionally...
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Publication Year: 2012