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The Look of Things

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Book Series: UNC Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures ISBN: 9781469658452 Year: Pages: 344 DOI: 10.5149/9780807863237_Strathausen Language: English
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press Grant: National Endowment for the Humanities||Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - [grantnumber unknown]||[grantnumber unknown]
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Examining the relationship between German poetry, philosophy, and visual media around 1900, Carsten Strathausen argues that the poetic works of Rainer Maria Rilke, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Stefan George focused on the visible gestalt of language as a means of competing aesthetically with the increasing popularity and "reality effect" of photography and film. Poetry around 1900 self-reflectively celebrated its own words as both transparent signs and material objects, Strathausen says. In Aestheticism, this means that language harbors the potential to literally present the things it signifies. Rather than simply describing or picturing the physical experience of looking, as critics have commonly maintained, modernist poetry claims to enable a more profound kind of perception that grants intuitive insights into the very texture of the natural world.

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