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By Sandra Richter

Because the Nineteen Nineties, following the tip of postmodernism, literary conception has misplaced a lot of its dynamics. This ebook goals at revitalising literary idea exploring of its historic bases: German poetics and aesthetics. starting within the 1770s and finishing within the Nineteen Fifties, the e-book examines approximately 2 hundred years of this historical past, thereby delivering the reader with a primary historical past of poetics in addition to with bibliographies of the subject

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17 Explaining why there obviously were common trends in the history of poetics in the 19th and 20th centuries, however, is a more difficult task. Studies not only on analogies, but also on transfer, on the book market, on translations, on scientific contact and on travel prove to be the only way to gather evidence about these trends. This history of poetics can obviously not present all sources and I want to stress its provisional character: it is intended as an introduction and a pioneering study into an international history of poetics, as well as a contribution to the history of ‘Literaturwissenschaft’,18 to a history of aesthetics that still deserves to be written (also with regard to the reception of aesthetic 15 16 17 18 mas Hodgskin und die Anfänge der Germanistik in Großbritannien.

They had a considerable impact on poetics up until the 1950s and 60s. Borrowing extensively from Edmund Husserl’s and Martin Heidegger’s ontologist and phenomenologist approaches, the study of poetics concentrated on ‘fundamental concepts’ (“Grundbegriffe”). The best known representative for this account (which in fact goes back to Theophil Spoerri) was Emil Staiger. With his adaptation of Heidegger, Staiger was already being praised in the 1930s as a rising star of literary theory. From his reading of Heidegger he derived ‘fundamental concepts’ of the human condition which he transferred to style and genre in order to link the study of poetry to general anthropology (chapter 11).

149. 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 2. Text Types and Periods to have inspired post-idealist poetics to embrace empirical studies. Rudolph Gottschall, for instance, derived his poetic theory from the close observation of literature. Shortly after his poetological treatise, Moriz Carriere published one of the first pre-empirical aesthetics which draws on Schelling. Empirical aesthetics and poetics emerged a few years later, culminating in the influential volumes of Gustav Theodor Fechner, Rudolph Hermann Lotze and Wilhelm Dilthey.

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