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Commiserating With Devastated Things: Milan Kundera and the Entitlements of Thinking

Jason M. Wirth

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823268207
eISBN:
9780823272471
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823268207.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This study attempts to understand, through both a careful reading of Milan Kundera’s oeuvre as well as a consideration of the Continental philosophical tradition, the place that Kundera calls “the ... More


The Novel I: Representing the Times

David Midgley

in Writing Weimar: Critical Realism in German Literature, 1918-1933

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151791
eISBN:
9780191672835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151791.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter compares the best-known major novels of the period as attempts at large-scale narrative representation of the character of the times, and focuses particularly on the methodological ... More


Eros and Inwardness in Vienna: Weininger, Musil, Doderer

David S. Luft

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226496474
eISBN:
9780226496481
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226496481.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Although we usually think of the intellectual legacy of twentieth-century Vienna as synonymous with Sigmund Freud and his psychoanalytic theories, other prominent writers from Vienna were also ... More


Modernism, Fiction and Mathematics

Nina Engelhardt

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474416238
eISBN:
9781474449656
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416238.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Modernism in mathematics – this unusual notion turns out to provide new perspectives on central questions in and beyond literary modernism. This books draws on prose texts by mathematicians and on ... More


Inner Depths: Exotic Topographies of Primal Consciousness in Benn, Musil, and Kubin

Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

in Exotic Spaces in German Modernism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199604128
eISBN:
9780191729362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604128.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The inner life rendered as exotic space reflects the modern subject’s sense of self, recognizing primal forces within. The aesthetic imagination, mystical-erotic reverie, and the interior experiences ... More


Conclusion

Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

in Exotic Spaces in German Modernism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199604128
eISBN:
9780191729362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604128.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The exploration and imagination of exotic spaces allows authors not only to expand the topography of the modern literary imagination, but also to examine and contest the modern understanding of the ... More


Twilight of the gods

Stig Stenholm

in The Quest for Reality: Bohr and Wittgenstein - two complementary views

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199603589
eISBN:
9780191729270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603589.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Here the chapter describes the loss of intellectual certainty characterizing the nineteenth century. Both Vienna and Copenhagen were dominated by the cloud of despair characterizing the period ... More


The Difference: Heinrich von Kleist

Alexander Kluge

Richard Langston (ed.)

in Difference and Orientation: An Alexander Kluge Reader

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781501739200
eISBN:
9781501739224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501739200.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter details Alexander Kluge's 1985 acceptance speech on the occasion of receiving the Kleist Prize, which had been revived after a half-century hiatus. Kluge claims that if there is anyone ... More


Value in Modernity: The Philosophy of Existential Modernism in Nietzsche, Scheler, Sartre, Musil

Peter Poellner

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
March 2022
ISBN:
9780192849731
eISBN:
9780191944864
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192849731.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This book identifies a historical paradigm in ethics that has been largely ignored in more recent philosophy. The author calls this paradigm existential modernism and discusses its central claims ... More


The Infinite Specificity of Life (Musil)

Andreas Gailus

in Forms of Life: Aesthetics and Biopolitics in German Culture

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501749803
eISBN:
9781501749971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749803.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter discusses Musil. Robert Musil's unfinished magnum opus, The Man Without Qualities, analyzes the petrification of the classical model of Bildung under conditions of a heightened ... More


Musil’s Fairy-Tale Castle

Garth Fowden

in Qusayr 'Amra: Art and the Umayyad Elite in Late Antique Syria

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520236653
eISBN:
9780520929609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520236653.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

Quṣayr 'Amra means the little castle of 'Amra. Due to a year of exceptional heat and drought, Dr. Alois Musil realized that a systematic investigation of Quṣayr 'Amra would have to be postponed. His ... More


The Man of Possibilities: Musil’s Moosbrugger

Arne Höcker

in The Case of Literature: Forensic Narratives from Goethe to Kafka

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749353
eISBN:
9781501749384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749353.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter explores Robert Musil's case-based concept of an “imaginary precision” in the novel The Man without Qualities (1930–1943). In the 1920s and 1930s, Musil's literary production also ... More


Conclusion: The Function of Fiction

Arne Höcker

in The Case of Literature: Forensic Narratives from Goethe to Kafka

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749353
eISBN:
9781501749384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749353.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter studies how the experience and cultivation of individual subjectivity that since the end of the eighteenth century was inextricably tied to literary discourse and narrative forms of ... More


Understanding Fact and Fiction in Robert Musil’s The Man without Qualities

Jeanne Gaakeer

in Judging from Experience: Law, Praxis, Humanities

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781474442480
eISBN:
9781474460286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442480.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter further illuminates the topic of the language of law in its interdisciplinary context. It takes up the Wittgensteinian proposition that the limits of one’s language are the limits of ... More


Instants of Diminishing Representation: The Problem of Temporal Modalities

Karl Heinz Bohrer

in The Moment: Time and Rupture in Modern Thought

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853239567
eISBN:
9781846314179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853239567.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter provides a reflection by Karl Heinz Bohrer regarding how extraordinary moment has found its place as a central theme in modern literature. Bohrer supports his claim by engaging in topics ... More


Love and Human Knowledge

in Eros and Inwardness in Vienna: Weininger, Musil, Doderer

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226496474
eISBN:
9780226496481
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226496481.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Musil's view of modern life emphasized that rationalism and irrationalism were the poles of the age, and his thought was a sophisticated way of coming to terms with both, particularly by exploring ... More


Loos, Musil, Wittgenstein, and the Recovery of Human Life

Piergiorgio Donatelli

in Wittgenstein and Modernism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226420370
eISBN:
9780226420547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226420547.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Donatelli’s chapter asks how modernism helps us to understand Wittgenstein’s philosophy, with its interest in language as a way of elaborating a preoccupation with the forms of life, and how a ... More


The World as Bloom Found it: “Ithaca,” the Tractatus, and Looking “More than Once for the Solution of Difficult Problems in Imaginary or Real Life”

Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé

in Wittgenstein and Modernism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226420370
eISBN:
9780226420547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226420547.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Zumhagen-Yekplé reads Wittgenstein’s Tractatus resolutely, alongside the “Ithaca” chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses, arguing that looking at Wittgenstein in this way offers new dimensions for ... More


Space

J. F. de Jong Irene

in Narratology and Classics: A Practical Guide

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199688692
eISBN:
9780191808562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199688692.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the role of space in a narrative, and especially in relation to the construction and interpretation of stories. Some narratives are full of detailed descriptions or semantically ... More


Kakanian Variations: Four Hands and the Passing of the Nineteenth Century

Adrian Daub

in Four-Handed Monsters: Four-Hand Piano Playing and Nineteenth-Century Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199981779
eISBN:
9780199370085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199981779.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western, History, American

The moribund Hapsburg Empire always invited characterization through musical scenes, and prime among them were scenes of four-hand piano playing. This chapter focuses on a number of texts that ... More


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