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"Feeling": a Keyword in 18th-Century German Aesthetics, with Special Attention to Goethe’s Werther and More.

Stanley Corngold
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Simpson Center, CMU 202

Stanley Corngold
Professor of German at Princeton University

"Feeling": a Keyword in 18th-Century German Aesthetics, with Special Attention to Goethe’s Werther and More.

Many speakers come to the University of Washington, and it can be hard to keep track of all them, but this coming Wednesday, February 11, we have the rare opportunity to hear Stanley Corngold, perhaps the most eminent Germanist of his generation and dean of Kafka scholars, who happens also to be a witty and dynamic speaker, on the topic of "“Feeling": a Keyword in 18th-Century German Aesthetics, with Special Attention to Goethe’s Werther and More." Corngold, longtime Professor of German at Princeton University, is best known for ! his work on modern German writers, including Dilthey, Nietzsche, Musil, Kraus, Mann, Benjamin, Adorno, Freud, and of course Kafka. His talk considers the fortunes of the concept of “feeling” (sentiment, Gefühl) during the long 18th-century, chiefly in Germany, with a view beyond. It notes how feeling, as sensation, is dignified as a source of ethical insight, as a cognitive faculty, and as the bliss of aesthetic judgment. Underlying the argument are works by Rousseau, Kant, Goethe, Hegel, and Stendhal, especially Goethe’s marvelous novel The Sufferings of Young Werther.

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Sponsored by Department of Germanics, English, and Comparative Literature

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