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Eric Downing Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought: The Chain of Things : Divinatory Magic and the Practice of Reading in German Literature and Thought, 1850-1940 (Paperback)

Eric Downing Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought: The Chain of Things : Divinatory Magic and the Practice of Reading in German Literature and Thought, 1850-1940 (Paperback)

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"Shows how the connection between divinatory magic and reading shaped the experience of reading and aesthetics among nineteenth-century realists and modernist thinkers, including writers, artists, and critics such as Gottfried Keller, Theodor Fontane, and Walter Benjamin"--

In The Chain of Things, Eric Downing shows how the connection between divinatory magic and reading shaped the experience of reading and aesthetics among nineteenth-century realists and modernist thinkers. He explores how writers, artists, and critics such as Gottfried Keller, Theodor Fontane, and Walter Benjamin drew on the ancient practice of divination, connecting the Greek idea of sympathetic magic to the German aesthetic concept of the attunement of mood and atmosphere.

Downing deftly traces the genealogical connection between reading and art in classical antiquity, nineteenth-century realism, and modernism, attending to the ways in which the modern re-enchantment of the world--both in nature and human society--consciously engaged ancient practices that aimed at preternatural prediction. Of particular significance to the argument presented in The Chain of Things is how the future figured into the reading of texts during this period, a time when the future as a narrative determinant or article of historical faith was losing its force. Elaborating a new theory of magic as a critical tool, Downing secures crucial links between the governing notions of time, world, the "real," and art.

• Author: Eric Downing • ISBN:9781501715914 • Format:Paperback • Publication Date:2018-04-15

Specifications

Language

English

Series Title

Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought

Publisher

Cornell University Press

Book Format

Paperback

Original Languages

English

Number of Pages

366

Author

Eric Downing

Title

The Chain of Things

ISBN-13

9781501715914

Publication Date

April, 2018

Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)

9.00 x 6.00 x 0.82 Inches

ISBN-10

1501715917

SKU: WA992440336

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