Workshop: German Literature and Philosophy in the Late Eighteenth Century: Linking Two Canons

The Queen’s College, Magrath Room, 19 June 2015, 3.00-6.30 p.m

Literature and Philosophy form the Janus-faced identity of German culture from the eighteenth century onwards. A massive amount of research has accordingly been devoted to the relationship of these two disciplines in the last decades, contributing to a crucial improvement of our knowledge: either with a focus on single authors or on broader contexts, scholars have explored this fascinating web and have succeeded in outlining a far more nuanced picture of the period than before. However, the consequences of this new insight for the existing literary and philosophical canons have not yet been weighed up. And yet the close connection between literature and philosophy seems to suggest that the difference between them, far from being inherent in the eighteenth century, is rather to be acknowledged as a projection of our views back on to the past.
This workshop aims to address some relevant issues in this regard with a view to moving towards a new understanding of interdisciplinary research at the intersection between Germanistik and Philosophy.

Papers will be given by Charlie Louth (Oxford), Christopher Meid (Oxford), Luigi Reitani (Udine) and Valerio Rocco Lozano (Madrid).

Other participants include: Joanna Neilly (Oxford), Jim Reed (Oxford), Marco Sgarbi (Venice), and Betiel Wasihun (Oxford).

The event is organized by Laura Anna Macor (Oxford) within her Marie Curie Project and will be chaired by Ritchie Robertson (Oxford) and Laura Anna Macor (Oxford).
For further information please contact [email protected].

Tea and biscuits will be served.

All welcome.

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