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In the Age of Prose : Literary and Philosophical Essays - Erich Heller

In the Age of Prose

Literary and Philosophical Essays

Paperback Published: 19th March 1984
ISBN: 9780521274951
Number Of Pages: 284

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The guiding theme of these essays is the fate of the imagination and the condition of art in the modern world, where both appear to be enfeebled by scientific hubris, undermined by psychological self-questioning and compromised by political disaster. Erich Heller traces this predicament with subtlety and profundity, from Hegel's and Nietzsche's diagnoses to the various truces and manoeuvres through which remarkable victories have nonetheless been achieved - such as the comic triumphs of Wilhelm Busch. As elsewhere in Professor Heller's work, Thomas Mann's attempt to outwit and redeem his circumstances through art - 'despite' them, as he said himself - occupies a central place. Three of the present essays are devoted to him. Others consider Kleist, Fontane, Hamsun, Karl Kraus and the crucial figures of Holderlin (who plays such a central role in Heidegger's later philosophical writings) and Rilke. Written with feeling, and the distinctive elegance and wit that have characterized all of Professor Heller's work, the essays here reaffirm the vital interdependence of literature and human values."

The poet in the age of prose: reflections on HegelG++s Aesthetics and RilkeG++s Duino Elegies
The broken tradition: an address
NietzscheG++s last words about art and truth
Thinking about poetry, H+ lderlin and Heidegger
Karl Kraus
Literature and political responsibility: apropos the letters of Thomas Mann
The taking back of the Ninth Symphony: reflections on Thomas MannG++s Doctor Faustus
Thomas MannG++s diaries and the search for identity
Knut Hamsun
Observations on psychoanalysis and modern literature
The dismantling of a marionette theatre; or, psychology and the misinterpretation of literature
Man ashamed
Theodor Fontane: the extraordinary education of a Prussian apothecary
The little world of Wilhelm Busch
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ISBN: 9780521274951
ISBN-10: 0521274958
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 19th March 1984
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.36