Two Studies of Friedrich Hölderlin

9781503608399: Hardback
Release Date: 21st January 2020

9781503611115: Paperback
Release Date: 21st January 2020

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 208

Edition: 1st Edition

Series Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics

Stanford University Press

Two Studies of Friedrich Hölderlin

Written by
Werner Hamacher
,
Edited by
Peter Fenves
,
Edited by and Translated by
Julia Ng
,
Translated by
Anthony C. Adler
and
Anthony Adler
In this book, literary critic and political theorist Werner Hamacher shows how Hölderlin's late poetry develops and enacts a radical theory of meaning that culminates in a unique, unprecedented, and still revolutionary concept of revolution that begins with a groundbreaking understanding of language.
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Two Studies of Friedrich Hölderlin shows how the poet develops and enacts a radical theory of meaning that culminates in a unique, unprecedented, and still groundbreaking concept of revolution that begins with a revolutionary understanding of language. The product of an intense engagement with both Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida, the book represents an incisive combination of critical theory and deconstruction, while at the same time identifying the precise place where Heidegger's highly influential elucidation of Hölderlin's late poetry fails to do justice to the astonishing radicality of its theory of meaning. Not only will readers of Werner Hamacher's work come away with a new appreciation of Hölderlin's poetic and political-theoretical achievements and his relation to German Idealism, they will also discover the motivating force behind the late Hamacher's own achievements as a literary scholar and political theorist. An introduction by Julia Ng and an afterword by Peter Fenves provide further information about these two studies and the academic and theoretical context in which they were composed.

Professor at the University of Frankfurt and founder and Director of its Institute of General and Comparative Literary Studies, Werner Hamacher (1948-2017) was also the Emmanuel Levinas Chair and Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the European Graduate School. Hamacher co-founded and edited the Stanford book series Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics. Peter Fenves is the Joan and Sarepta Harrison Professor of Literature at Northwestern University. Julia Ng is Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she co-directs the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought. Anthony Curtis Adler is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Yonsei University's Underwood International College.

"These texts constitute a unique and highly significant contribution to Hölderlin studies, as well as a fitting tribute to Werner Hamacher, a singularly gifted and original thinker. His writings here stand alone in their scholarly mastery and philological brilliance."

Susan Bernstein
Brown University