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Leaves of Mourning 9780791427408

Leaves of Mourning | 0th Edition

Holderlin's Late Work - With an Essay on Keats and Melancholy

ISBN-10: 0791427404
ISBN-13: 9780791427408
PUBLISHER: State University of New York Press
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Product Description: "One of the premier German/American critics of our time, Anselm Haverkamp interleaves the poetic word with its abyssal grounding in mourning. The result is an extraordinary work of Benjaminian allegory, which unfolds the intricacies of Holderlin's late works and the melancholic excesses of Keats. A striking illumination of romantic texts and their theoretical foundations, Leaves of Mourning will compel vigorous responses from the contiguous communities of literary and critical scholarship." -- Avital Ronell, University of California--Berkeley

"It is not simply a book that reads three major European authors. The theoretical topics that Haverkamp meditates couldn't be more crucial to literary studies in general. Moreover, there is no way to exaggerate how important a figure Holderlin is. His works have long been read by the very best philosophers and Germanists as somehow exemplary. Thus, reading Holderlin has long been the battlefield for raising the questions of what literature is, what reading is, and how they signify." -- Carol Jacobs, State University of New York at Buffalo

"Leaves of Mourning offers profound insight into the complex and intricate relation between poetry and loss. Haverkamp's analyses show the unexpected ways that literary works engage the act of mourning, and provide innovative readings of Romantic texts. His book will be of great interest to literary readers as well as to those concerned with the vital rethinking and renewal of psychoanalytic thought." -- Cathy Caruth, Emory University

"At a time when the study of difficult, canonical poetry is fading, Anselm Haverkamp brings his formidable erudition and an intense range of theoretical considerations to the reading of Holderlin. He is a critic's critic, unafraid of philosophy, who adduces Kant, Hegel and Heidegger as aptly as Freud, Lacan and Derrida. Taking as his central theme the 'inability to mourn,' Haverkamp shows how, just as Freud found himself compelled to go, in his theory, 'beyond the pleasure principle,' great poets like Holderlin and Keats go 'beyond mourning' and revalue the very melancholia Freud sought to exorcize in the name of mental health. They deal with a 'death-world' that remains to be described by a phenomenological method which has always tried to convert it into a 'life-world.'" -- Geoffrey Hartman, Yale University

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CATEGORY: Literary Criticism

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