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The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems

Luke Fischer
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 2015.
Language
English
Variant Title
Rilke and the new poems
Series
New Directions in German Studies
ISBN
9781628925432, 1628925434, 9781628925449, 9781628925456
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Summary
"The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems opens up new perspectives on the relation between Rilke's poetry and phenomenological philosophy, illustrating the ways in which poetry can offer an exceptional response to the philosophical problem of dualism. Drawing on the work of Husserl, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, Luke Fischer makes a new contribution to the tradition of phenomenological poetics and expands the debate among Germanists concerning the phenomenological status of Rilke's poetry, which has been severely limited to comparisons of Rilke and Husserl. Fischer explicates an implicit phenomenology of perception in Rilke's writings from his middle period (1902-1910). He argues that Rilke cultivated an artistic perception that, in a philosophically significant manner, overcomes the opposition between the sensuous and the intelligible while simultaneously transcending the boundaries of philosophy. Fischer offers novel interpretations of central poems from Rilke's Neue Gedichte (1907) and Der neuen Gedichte anderer Teil (1908) and frames them as the ultimate articulation of Rilke's non-dualistic vision. He thus demonstrates the continuity between Rilke and phenomenology while arguing that poetry, in this case, provides the most adequate response to a philosophical problem"--
"A groundbreaking contribution to Rilke scholarship that significantly expands the existing debate concerning the relation between Rilke's poetry and phenomenological philosophy"--
Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. Phenomenology and the Problem of Dualism
  • 2. Learning to See: Rilke and the Visual Arts
  • 3. Rilke as Seer: A Twofold Vision of Nature
  • 4. The Neue Gedichte as a Twofold Imagining of Things
  • Conclusion
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography
  • Index.
Description
xii, 331 pages ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-317) and index.
Series Statement
New directions in German studies ; Vol. 10
New directions in German studies ; v. 10
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