Politics and Truth in Hölderlin
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340 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture

Series Vol. Number: 222

Imprint: Camden House

Politics and Truth in Hölderlin

Hyperion and the Choreographic Project of Modernity

by Anthony Curtis Adler

Foreword by Peter Fenves

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The first English-language study devoted to Hölderlin's novel in three decades, this book reveals Hyperion's literary and philosophical richness and its complex ties with politics, choreography, and economics.
While few would question the importance of Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843) for the development of German idealism and twentieth-century literature, philosophy, and critical theory, Hölderlin scholarship remains largely inaccessible to those working in English. This is especially true for his novel Hyperion - otherwise his most accessible work - which has not had a book-length study in English devoted to it in more than three decades. Anthony Curtis Adler opens Hölderlin's novel up to the reader by stressing its literary uniqueness, philosophical riches, complex ties with contemporaneous discourses, and relevance to contemporary Continental political theory. Neither merely a stepping-stone to his later and more esoteric poetry, nor a novelistic presentation of an idealist dialectics, Hyperion offers a powerful new vision of the relation between poetry, political economy, and philosophical truth. Poetry, for Hölderlin, anticipates forms of political life that have only been obscurely glimpsed; rather than imitating a luminously given idea of the Good, it patiently guides toward a dimly sensed better world. Thus it replaces the Platonic philosopher-king with the poetic leader of the dance. Yet in just this way, Adler shows, Hyperion's project converges with a constellation of quintessentially "modern" discourses and practices, including the codification of dance in early modernity and the rise of political economy in the 18th century. Readers will discover the "choreographic" logic underlying both of these - and, with this, a new way to think about the relations between literature, politics, economics, and dance.
Introduction
Hyperbole, Measure, Dance
The Athens Letter - Choreographic Writings
Political Personae
The Politics of Life
The Choreographic Project of Modernity
Bibliography
Index

ANTHONY CURTIS ADLER is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Underwood International College, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.

"Adler allows several Hölderlins to appear: a ploughman cutting through the conceptual foundations of the West; a deeper thinker than any Plato or Marx of the nature and consistency of political renewal; a gardener. A poet, too. But poetry's modes-giving, measuring, streaming, interrupting-must first find their essence, shared with politics, in dance. To grasp this we must deform our thinking, even practice a slash-and-burn agriculture of the mind. Adler guides us through wide fields, fields of rock and ossification, to ripe banks of open receptivity. . . . Truth is not a stable correspondence but an echo in gesture, a hyperbolic fit, a flare of reconnaissance. This is what Adler gives us to think on the deepest level-a gift that, like a river, overflows itself." Simon Horn, German Quarterly
"Original, wide-ranging, and challenging." E.G. Wickersham, CHOICE

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Title Details

340 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

Series: Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture

Series Vol. Number: 222

Imprint: Camden House