Seminar auf der 42. GSA Jahreskonferenz
27.09.2018 – 30.09.2018

Literary Morphology. Theories of Dynamic Form before and after Goethe

Ort: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, 600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh 15222 (USA)
Organisiert von Eva Axer, Siarhei Biareishyk

Seminar auf der 42. German Studies Association Annual Conference in Pittsburgh (USA)
In Kooperation mit Ross Shields (Columbia University)

Morphology reimagines form as a dynamic category – this is true not only of the internal structure of individual organisms, but also of the genera composed of those individuals. This seminar will explore the potential of morphology to conceive of literary works and literary genres in dynamic terms. To this end, we will compare Goethe’s science of morphology with concepts of dynamic form advanced before and after Goethe: from early-modern philosophy (e.g., Spinoza, Baumgarten) to 20th-century theories of language and literature (e.g., Wittgenstein, Formalism, morphologische Literaturwissenschaften). By juxtaposing these theories and philosophies, we will ask (among other things): How can the study of literature contribute to a general concept of dynamic form? To what extent can morphology account for the historical and political contexts of literary production? What are the possibilities and limits of morphological approaches in literary analysis?

Eva Axer ist Germanistin und leitet das Forschungsprojekt Formen und Funktionen von Weltverhältnissen.

Siarhei Biareishyk ist Literaturwissenschaftler und wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Forschungsprojekt Formen und Funktionen von Weltverhältnissen.