Scenographies of Perception
Sensuousness in Hegel, Novalis, Rilke, and Proust

Christian Jany

Studies In Comparative Literature 45

Legenda

14 May 2019  •  270pp

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Sensory perception and literary narration are sometimes regarded in opposition to each other. Paul de Man, for example, declared that ‘a literary text is not a phenomenal event’ and therefore ‘solicits an understanding that has to remain immanent’. In his study, Christian Jany challenges such a strict division by shifting attention to the interplay between perceptual and narrative processes. The introduction of key phenomenological concepts and, above all, Hegel’s conception of sense perception as a ‘story’ prepare this shift theoretically. The following analyses of scenic descriptions – or scenographies – of perception by Novalis, Rilke, and Proust demonstrate the interplay of perception and narration in practice. The things a Rilkean poem has us see, the subtle resonances of the opening scene of Proust’s Recherche, and the strange fusions of thought and feeling that some ‘blue flower’ generates in Novalis’s Heinrich von Ofterdingen are exemplary cases in point of this ambitious study in literary aesthetics.

Christian Jany is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies, ETH Zürich.

Contents:

i-vi
Scenographies of Perception: Scenographies of Perception
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-xiii
Preface
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xiv-xvi
Translations and Abbreviations
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1-42
Introduction: On Perception and Narration Starting Points
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45-53
1 the Dialectic Force of the Senses
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54-74
2 Sense-Certainty (Process)
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75-114
3 Object Perception (Relation)
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117-159
1 Reciprocity of Perception and Poetry in Novalis
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160-194
2 Looking with Rilke
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195-224
3 Listening to Proust’s Recherche
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225-230
Conclusion
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231-248
Bibliography
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249-254
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Jany, Christian, Scenographies of Perception: Sensuousness in Hegel, Novalis, Rilke, and Proust, Studies In Comparative Literature, 45 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Christian Jany, Scenographies of Perception: Sensuousness in Hegel, Novalis, Rilke, and Proust, Studies In Comparative Literature, 45 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Jany, p. 47.

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Jany, Christian. 2019. Scenographies of Perception: Sensuousness in Hegel, Novalis, Rilke, and Proust, Studies In Comparative Literature, 45 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Jany 2019: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Jany 2019: 21.

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