Atmosphere, Mood, Stimmung: On a Hidden Potential of Literature

Atmosphere, Mood, Stimmung: On a Hidden Potential of Literature Author Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
ISBN-10 0804781222
ISBN-13 9780804781220
Year 2012-10-03
Pages 148
Language English
Publisher Stanford University Press
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What are the various atmospheres or moods that the reading of literary works can trigger Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht has long argued that the function of literature is not so much to describe or to re present as to make present Here he goes one step further exploring the substance and reality of language as a material component of the worldimpalpable hints tones and airs that as much as they may be elusive are no less matters of actual fact Reading we discover is an experiencing of specific moods and atmospheres or Stimmung These moods are on a continuum akin to a musical scale They present themselves as nuances that challenge our powers of discernment and description as well as language s potential to capture them Perhaps the best we can do is to point in their direction Conveying personal encounters with poetry song painting and the novel this book thus gestures toward the intangible and in the process constitutes a bold defense of the subjective experience of the arts

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