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By Birgit Mara Kaiser

A attention-grabbing comparability of the paintings of Heinrich von Kleist and Herman Melville.

Figures of Simplicity explores a different constellation of figures from philosophy and literature—Heinrich von Kleist, Herman Melville, G. W. Leibniz, and Alexander Baumgarten—in an try to get well substitute conceptions of aesthetics and dimensions of pondering misplaced within the disciplinary narration of aesthetics after Kant. this is often performed essentially through tracing various “simpletons” that populate the writings of Kleist and Melville. those figures are usually not fullyyt ignorant, or silly, yet uncomplicated. Their simplicity is a fashion of considering, person who Birgit Mara Kaiser indicates is affective pondering. Kaiser avers that Kleist and Melville are experimenting of their texts with an affective mode of pondering, and thereby proceed a key line inside of eighteenth-century aesthetics: the relation of rationality and sensibility. via her analyses, she bargains an overview of what considering can seem like if we take affectivity into consideration.

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Proposal might now not depend on a pre-existing made up our minds order which it'll stand again and ‘reflect,’ yet continues to be indeterminate till an stumble upon at a contingent second (an interception) obliges it to make a distinction” (6). For the talk, cf. additionally Claire Colebrook, “The experience of area: at the Specificity of impact in Deleuze and Guattari,” Postmodern tradition 15, no. 1 (2004); Massumi, Parables for the digital; Charles Stivale, “From Zigzag to impact, and Back,” Angelaki eleven (2006): 25–33. three. For a accomplished ancient account, cf. Hans Christoph Buch, Die Scheidung von San Domingo. Wie die Negersklaven von Haiti Robespierre beim Wort nahmen (Berlin: Klaus Wagenbach, 1976). four. For purposes of clarity, all fees from Kleist are given in English, and for purposes of textual economic system, the German isn't quoted parallel to the English with the exception of prolonged rates, that are given in German within the notes. For readers, besides the fact that, the corresponding German passages are indicated with the abbreviations indexed within the entrance of the booklet. five. For Kleist, cf. Peter Horn, “Hatte Kleist Rassenvorurteile? ” in Heinrich von Kleists Erzählungen. Eine Einführung (Königstein: Scriptor, 1978); Hans Peter Herrmann, “Die Verlobung in St. Domingo,” in Interpretationen. Kleists Erzählungen, ed. Walter Hinderer (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1998); Gerhard Neumann, “Die Verlobung in St. Domingo. Zum challenge literarischer Mimesis im Werk Heinrich von Kleists,” in Gewagte Experimente und kühne Konstellationen. Kleists Werk zwischen Klassizismus und Romantik, ed. Christine Lubkoll and Günter Oesterle (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2001); Haverkamp, “Schwarz/Weiß”; for Melville, cf. Robert Burkholder, advent to severe Essays on Herman Melville's “Benito Cereno” (New York: G. okay corridor, 1992). 6. Christine Lubkoll, “Soziale Experimente und ästhetische Ordnung. Kleists Literaturkonzept im Spannungsfeld von Klassizismus und Romantik (‘Die Verlobung in St. Domingo’),” in Gewagte Experimente und kühne Konstellationen, 124. 7. Cf. Eric J. Sundquist, “‘Benito Cereno’ and New international Slavery,” in serious Essays on Herman Melville's “Benito Cereno”; Carolyn L. Karcher, “The Riddle of the Sphinx: Melville's ‘Benito Cereno’ and the Amistad Case,” in severe Essays on Melville's “Benito Cereno. ” eight. “[E]r forderte, in seiner unmenschlichen Rachsucht, sogar die alte Babekan mit ihrer Tocher, einer jungen funfzehnjährigen Mestize, Namens Toni, auf, an diesem grimmigen Kriege … Antheil zu nehmen” (SW II/4, 9). nine. Haverkamp, “Schwarz/Weiß,” 124. 10. Ibid. eleven. “Babekan, welche in Folge einer grausamen Strafe, die sie in ihrer Jugend erhalten hatte, an der Schwindsucht litt, pflegte in solchen Fällen die junge Toni, die wegen ihrer ins Gelbliche gehenden Gesichtsfarbe, zu dieser gräßlichen record besonders brauchbar battle, mit ihren besten Kleidern auszuputzen; sie ermunterte dieselbe, den Fremden keine Liebkosung zu versagen, bis auf die letzte, die ihr bei Todesstrafe verboten struggle: und wenn Congo Hoango mit seinem Negertrupp von den Streifereien, die er in der Gegend gemacht hatte, wiederkehrte, battle unmittelbarer Tod das bogs der Armen, die sich durch diese Künste hatten täuschen lassen” (SW II/4, 9–10).

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