Richard Eldridge explores the facility of dense and officially attention-grabbing literature to answer the complexities of recent existence. past easy leisure, tough sleek works domesticate reflective intensity and aid their readers order and interpret their lives as topics on the subject of complicated economies and technological structures. through imagining themselves within the position of the protagonist or the authorial personality, readers develop into immersed in constructions of sustained consciousness, lower than which concrete chances of significant lifestyles, besides problems that block their attention, are tracked and clarified.
Literary shape, Eldridge argues, generates constructions of care, mirrored image, and funding inside of readers, shaping—if no longer stabilizing—their interactions with daily items and occasions. during the adventure of literary sorts of awareness, readers may well come to imagine and stay extra actively, extra absolutely attractive with sleek lifestyles, instead of passively pain it. Eldridge considers the concept of Descartes, Kant, Adorno, Benjamin, Stanley Cavell, and Charles Taylor in his dialogue of Goethe, Wordsworth, Rilke, Stoppard, and Sebald, advancing a philosophy of literature that addresses our wish to learn and the that means and delight that literary consciousness brings to our fragmented glossy lives.
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177. 12. Ibid. , 162. thirteen. Ibid. , 176. 14. Mann, “On Goethe’s Werther,” nine. 15. Ibid. , nine, 10. sixteen. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of younger Werther, in Goethe: The accumulated Works, ed. David E. Wellbery, trans. Victor Lange (Princeton, N. J. : Princeton collage Press, 1994), 11:72. next references to Werther will all be to this version and may be indicated within the textual content through web page quantity. 17. Mann, “On Goethe’s Werther,” eight. 18. Ray Monk, Ludwig Wittgenstein: the obligation of Genius (New York: The unfastened Press, 1990), 25. four. consciousness, Expressive strength, and curiosity in lifestyles | one hundred sixty five 19. Brian McGuinness, Wittgenstein, A lifestyles: younger Ludwig 1889–1921 (Berkeley: college of California Press, 1988), 156. 20. Ibid. , 50. 21. Ibid. 22. Ibid. , 156, mentioning Tolstoy, “A Confession. ” 23. Ludwig Wittgenstein, tradition and cost, trans. Peter Winch (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1980), 1e. next references to this paintings can be given via web page numbers in parentheses. 24. This comment is ready “an usual traditional determine” on the finish of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” however it captures good Wittgenstein’s perspective towards the handbook paintings he again and again prompt on others. 25. Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werther (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1948), 147. Werther truly provides yet one more line to Wilhelm: “wir sehen uns wieder und freudiger” (147). yet “Lebt wohl! ” by myself is what lives within the reminiscence of his readers as his valedictory to existence, quite considering the fact that his final diary access, addressed to Lotte, concludes “Es schlägt zwölfe. So sei es denn! —Lotte! Lotte, lebe wohl! lebe wohl! ” (150). 26. Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, third ed. , trans. G. E. M. Anscombe (New York: Macmillan, 1958), §125, pp. 50, 50e. next references to this paintings should be given within the textual content via part quantity. 27. Wittgenstein, pointed out in Norman Malcolm, Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Memoir (Oxford: Oxford collage Press, 1958), a hundred. four. consciousness, Expressive strength, and curiosity in lifestyles: Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey” 1. Nietzsche, The delivery of Tragedy and The Case of Wagner, trans. Walter Kaufmann (New York: Random apartment, 1967), §1, 33. 2. whereas a few could argue that Jesus is a perfect individual, he's at most sensible perfect as somebody and personification, no longer as 5'2'', eyes of blue. three. Nietzsche, The delivery of Tragedy, §14, ninety one. four. Nietzsche, the desire to strength, trans. Walter Kaufmann (New York: Random condo, 1968), 1050. five. Nietzsche, The beginning of Tragedy, §1, 33. 6. Ibid. , §7, fifty nine. 7. Ibid. , §7, 60. eight. Ibid. nine. Ibid. 166 | four. awareness, Expressive strength, and curiosity in existence 10. Ibid. , §7, fifty eight. eleven. Ibid. 12. Aristotle, Poetics, trans. Richard Janko (Indianapolis, Ind. : Hackett Publishing corporation, 1987), 51b1, p. 12. thirteen. For a protection of this interpreting of Aristotle’s account of the character of the hamartia or “tragic flaw” as an way over advantage ill-suited to the conditions of motion, see Richard Eldridge, “How Can Tragedy topic for Us? ” in Eldridge, The patience of Romanticism (Cambridge: Cambridge collage Press, 2001), 146–164. 14. Nietzsche, The start of Tragedy, §7, fifty eight. 15. Ibid. sixteen. William Wordsworth, The Prelude , in Wordsworth, chosen Poems and Prefaces, ed.