The Retreat of Representation

The Retreat of Representation : The Concept of Darstellung in German Critical Discourse

5 (1 rating by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$31.95

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

The Retreat of Representation is the first book-length study to examine the radical new notion of Darstellung in its own discursive context. Martha Helfer traces the term's genealogy from its inception in Kant's Critiques through Fichte's definition of the subject as Darstellung to the poetic theory and praxis of the Jena Romantics. She argues that the conceptually powerful yet tremendously problematic figure of the negative Darstellung of the Kantian sublime opens up the possibility of a poetization of the philosophical discourse of transcendental idealism, and ultimately demonstrates that Kleist's oeuvre constitutes a critique of transcendental theories of Darstellung. Helfer provides remarkably clear, concise readings of major texts of Idealism and Romanticism in light of the Darstellung problematic, advancing compelling interpretations of Novalis's Hymns to the Night as a theory of the Romantic lyric, Kleist's essay On the Marionette Theater as a redaction and revision of the Kantian sublime, The Foundling as a critique of Fichtean ego philosophy, and The Broken Jug as a prototype of Heideggerian and post-Heideggerian critiques of representation
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 225 pages
  • 160.02 x 220.98 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791429121
  • 9780791429129

Review quote

"I highly recommend The Retreat of Representation . Helfer's pursuit of the concept of Darstellung from Kant through the German Romantics is fresh and significant. Her patient and accessible readings are compelling, and they complement one another nicely in the development of the overall argument." -- Tim Walters, University of Rochester "The topic is extremely significant and timely, central to discussions not only of German Romanticism but to the kind of critical issues arising in a Heideggerian (and post-Heideggerian) context." -- Rebecca Comay, University of Toronto
show more

About Martha B. Helfer

Martha B. Helfer is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Utah.
show more

Rating details

1 ratings
5 out of 5 stars
5 100% (1)
4 0% (0)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X