Volume 6, Tome III: Kierkegaard and His German Contemporaries - Literature and Aesthetics: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Volume 6, Tome III: Kierkegaard and His German Contemporaries - Literature and Aesthetics

1st Edition

Edited by Jon Stewart


334 pages

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This volume explores in detail Kierkegaard's various relations to his German contemporaries. Kierkegaard read German fluently and made extensive use of the writings of German-speaking authors. It can certainly be argued that, apart from his contemporary Danish sources, the German sources were probably the most important in the development of his thought generally. The volume has been divided into three tomes reflecting Kierkegaard's main areas of interest with regard to the German-speaking sources, namely, philosophy, theology and a more loosely conceived category, which has here been designated "literature and aesthetics." This third tome is dedicated to the German literary sources that were significant for Kierkegaard; in particular the work of authors from German Classicism and Romanticism. Important forerunners for many of Kierkegaard's literary motifs and characters can be found in the German literature of the day. His use of pseudonyms and his interest in irony were both profoundly influenced by German Romanticism. This volume demonstrates the extent to which Kierkegaard's views of criticism and aesthetics were decisively shaped by the work of German authors.

Table of Contents

Contents: Achim von Arnim: Kierkegaard's encounters with a Heidelberg hermit, Judith Purver; Eichendorff: Kierkegaard's reception of a German romantic, Judith Purver; Goethe: a German classic through the filter of the Danish Golden Age, Jon Stewart and Katalin Nun; Hamann: sharing style and thesis: Kierkegaard's appropriation of Hamann's work, Sergia Karen Hay; E.T.A. Hoffmann: a source for Kierkegaard's conceptions of authorship, poetic-artistic existence, irony and humor, Judit Bartha; Hotho: a dialogue on romantic irony and the fascination with Mozart's Don Giovanni, Joachim Grage; Jean Paul: apparent and hidden relations between Kierkegaard and Jean Paul, Markus Kleinert; Schiller: Kiekegaard's use of a paradoxical poet, András Nagy; Friedrich Schlegel: on ironic communication, subjectivity and selfhood, K. Brian Söderquist; Solger: an apostle of irony sacrificed to Hegel's system, Jon Stewart; Tieck: Kierkegaard's 'Guadalquivir' of open critique and hidden appreciation, Marcia C. Robinson; Indexes.

About the Editor

Jon Stewart is Associate Research Professor in the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Series

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources
The Kierkegaard Research Series is a multi volume series dedicated to a systematic coverage of all aspects of Kierkegaard Studies. Interdisciplinary in nature, the series combines articles on philosophy, theology, literature, psychology and history written by the leading international Kierkegaard scholars arranged into thematically organised volumes. Each volume contains a detailed introduction, written by the editors, which traces the history of the given theme in Kierkegaard studies and an extensive index making it easy to find where the specific themes, works and persons are treated. Under the editorial supervision and organisation of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at The University of Copenhagen, this series serves as both a reference work for Kierkegaard students and as a forum for new research. The series is divided into three main parts; 'Kierkegaard’s Sources' includes articles which perform source-work research in order to discover and document the numerous sources of Kierkegaard’s thought; 'Kierkegaard's Reception' includes articles treating the countless aspects of the reception of Kierkegaard’s thought and writings in the different research traditions and the third section is for reference works including an extensive bibliography of works on Kierkegaard and a volume containing a list of the books Kierkegaard owned as they appear in the auction catalogue of his library. The Kierkegaard Research series is the most important, significant and comprehensive publishing treatment in English of the work and impact of Soren Kierkegaard.

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