Shantz's German Pietism
"Søren Kierkegaard wrote that Pietism is 'the one and only consequence of Christianity'. Praise of this sort - particularly when coupled with Kierkegaard's significant personal connections to the movement in Christian spirituality known as Pietism - would seem to demand thorough investigation. And yet, Kierkegaard's relation to Pietism has been largely neglected in the secondary literature." Christopher B. Barnett's Kierkegaard, Pietism and Holiness would thus seem to work over the same ground and back up the case of Daphne Hampson's superb Kierkegaard: Exposition & Critique, and James Rovira's paper
Kierkegaard, Pietism, and Existentialism: Eighteenth-Century Pietism as the Origin of Twentieth-Century Existentialism.
Not only just Kierkegaard then, but Nietzsche (see e.g. Martin Pernet's paper ; German Life and Letters, Volume 48, Issue 4, pages 474–486, October 1995) and Heidegger (see e.g. by Benjamin D. Crowe) were also both heavily influenced by Pietism - but what is Pietism? I'm hoping An Introduction to German Pietism: Protestant Renewal at the Dawn of Modern Europe by Douglas H. Shantz sheds some fuller light...
Friday, November 15, 2013 4:54:50 AM
Unicorns exist, but the world does not
“Unicorns exist, but the world does not.” Profesoor Markus Gabriel summarizes the argument of his recent German bestseller, - via Graham Harman.
Friday, November 15, 2013 3:54:06 AM
Mark Rothko and Nietzsche
Mark Rothko believed that the art of children and the work of modern painters were directly related. They were related because of their influence of “primitive” art. According to Rothko, it “transforms itself into primitivism, which is only the child producing a mimicry of himself.” (Jeffery Weiss 2000) He also observed that “the face that one usually begins with drawing is already academic. We start with color.” (Jeffery Weiss 2000) Modern artists like children who are influenced by the primitive both express a natural feeling in their best work through art that is created without mental interference. It is created out of a physical and emotional experience. It is free from intellect and no concern for the formal. He believes though that the composition itself portrays deep intellect. The research Rothko did toward this helped to move him into his development of “color field” paintings. These paintings incorporate elements from his earlier works as well as later pieces. They were greatly influenced by two important events in his life. One was the onset of World War II. The other was his reading of Friedrich Nietzsche’s, “The Birth of Tragedy”...
Read more: The Effect of Friedrich Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy on Mark Rothko.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:07:17 PM
Bloomsbury Academic Collections: Philosophy
Nice set of books just out: Bloomsbury Academic Collections: Philosophy.
Includes The Tragic Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche by: F.A. Lea and
Benedict de Spinoza: The Elements of His Philosophy by: H.F. Hallett.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 8:57:12 AM
After the Beautiful: Hegel and the Philosophy of Pictoral Modernism
"In his Lectures on Fine Art, delivered in Berlin in the 1820's, Hegel argued that art works involve a unique form of aesthetic intelligibility, and that what they rendered intelligible was the state of collective human self-knowledge across historical time. This approach to art works has been extremely influential in a number of different contexts. The question posed in this lecture is whether Hegel's approach might also be of any value in understanding the most radical revolution in the later history of art, modernism. Accordingly the attempt is to provide a Hegelian interpretation of the paintings of Éduard Manet." (Via)
Monday, November 11, 2013 10:33:13 AM
MacLehose Press ebook sale
The MacLehose Press is having an ebook sale. You can find of very cheap books in translation here (this, by the way, is part of the wider Quercus ebook sale with hundreds of books under a £1; I work for these guys, but you know that, right?!)
Friday, October 18, 2013 9:07:24 AM
New edition of Handke's Repetition
A complete reprint of Peter Handke’s 1986 novel Repetition. Translated from the German by Ralph Manheim has just been published by The Last Books. (Image above via Flowerville.)
In Repetition, Handke allows the peculiar light which illuminates the space under a leafy canopy or a tent canvas to glisten – between words, placed here with astounding – caution and precision; in doing so, he succeeds in making the text into a sort of ?refuge amid the arid lands which, even in the culture industry, grow larger day by day.” —W.G. Sebald, Across the Border
Friday, October 11, 2013 7:55:25 AM
Music & Literature issue three
Music & Literature 3 brings to light the life’s work of three artists who have to date been denied—by
geography, by language, and by politics—their rightful positions on the world stage. The Australian writer Gerald Murnane, a rumored Nobel Prize candidate, has been deemed “a genius on the level of Beckett” by Teju Cole, who opens this issue with a spirited exchange of long letters with the Aussie great. For the first time, Murnane’s entire catalog is introduced by top writers and critics, and we glimpse his three remarkable archives, which the author insists will remain unpublished until after his death. “The Interior of Gaaldine,” the infamous text that explains his fourteen-year absence from the world of fiction, rounds out more than 120 pages of new material on and by one of our finest yet little-known Anglophone writers. The issue’s second half is devoted to the Slovak composer Vladimír Godár and his unlikely collaborator, the Moravian violinist-singer Iva Bittová, who honed their crafts under the pall of the Communist regime and who only in recent years have begun cultivating worldwide audiences. Now, for the first time, Godár’s artistic writings as well as his manuscripts are available in English, alongside a portfolio of photographs and an oral history of Bittová’s career, as told by some of her closest collaborators and artistic partners.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:48:12 AM
RCF - The Future of British Fiction
Been out for a little while now, but worth another push (this below from a Durham University blog):
A special issue of the journal The Review of Contemporary Fiction, edited by Professor Patricia Waugh and Jennifer Hodgson, considers the vitality (or otherwise) of the British novel today.
Bringing together writers, literary critics, and academics, this issue on The Future of British Fiction
aims to challenge fossilized approaches to British contemporary
fiction. It attests to the vitality (or otherwise) of the British novel
today. Contributors such as China Miéville, Stewart Home, Jim Crace,
Maureen Freely and Vic Sage pose difficult questions about the status of
the literary in contemporary Britain – where it has been, and where it
The journal Review of Contemporary Fiction features critical essays on fiction writers whose work resists convention and easy categorization. The Review‘s
aesthetic focus is on literature that might be considered experimental
or avant-garde, with a view to bringing this aesthetic to a wider
audience. Uniquely, this special issue of The Review of Contemporary Fiction is
devoted to contemporary British fiction, exploring the innovative
tendencies that can be found within British literary culture.
In a parallel exploration of the state of innovative British writing,
Patricia Waugh and Jennifer Hodgson also recently authored an article
on “The Exaggerated Reports of a Decline in British Fiction,” in the journal The White Review. You can hear them discuss their reasons for a renewed interest in innovative literature in this podcast on READ.
Friday, August 23, 2013 12:30:36 PM
Of The Subcontract
is a collection of poems about computational capitalism, each of which was written by an underpaid worker subcontracted through Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk service. The collection is ordered according to cost-of-production and repurposes metadata about the efficiency of each writer to generate informatic typographic embellishments. Those one hundred poems are braced between two newly commissioned essays; the whole book is threaded with references to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Wolfgang von Kempelen, and the emerging iconography of cloud living.
reverses out of the database-driven digital world of new labour pools into poetry’s black box: the book. It reduces the poetic imagination to exploited labour and, equally, elevates artificial artificial intelligence to the status of the poetic. In doing so, it explores the all-too-real changes that are reforming every kind of work, each day more quickly, under the surface of life.
More on Nick Thurston's new book, , over on the information as material website.
Friday, August 23, 2013 11:39:46 AM