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By Birgit Mara Kaiser

A attention-grabbing comparability of the paintings of Heinrich von Kleist and Herman Melville.

Figures of Simplicity explores a different constellation of figures from philosophy and literature—Heinrich von Kleist, Herman Melville, G. W. Leibniz, and Alexander Baumgarten—in an try and recuperate replacement conceptions of aesthetics and dimensions of pondering misplaced within the disciplinary narration of aesthetics after Kant. this is often performed essentially by way of tracing various “simpletons” that populate the writings of Kleist and Melville. those figures aren't totally ignorant, or silly, yet easy. Their simplicity is a manner of pondering, one who Birgit Mara Kaiser indicates is affective considering. Kaiser avers that Kleist and Melville are experimenting of their texts with an affective mode of pondering, and thereby proceed a key line inside of eighteenth-century aesthetics: the relation of rationality and sensibility. via her analyses, she bargains an overview of what considering can seem like if we take affectivity under consideration.

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Thirteen. Christian Moser, Verfehlte Gefühle. Wissen—Begehren—Darstellen bei Kleist und Rousseau (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 1993), 20. 14. “[W]ie sie die Laterne so gehalten, daß ihr der volle Strahl davon ins Gesicht gefallen wäre. Aber seine Einbildung, sprach sie, battle ganz von Mohren und Negern erfüllt; und wenn ihm eine Dame von Paris oder Marseille die Thüre geöffnet hätte, er würde sie für eine Negerin gehalten haben” (SW II/4, 26; emphases added). 15. Babekan relates that she “conceived…in Paris” (BSD, 240; emphasis extra; in German for that reason Schwangerschaft zu Paris), that's a prelude to Toni's betrothal in Santo Domingo. mom and daughter percentage an analogous destiny of being betrayed through white males. Kleist attracts awareness to this through the idiosyncratic use of either adverbs (“zu” and “in”), which tension the destinations of the occurrences, while often a being pregnant is with a toddler, and a betrothal with a lover. the affection and bonding implied via “with” are foreclosed in those constellations, Kleist turns out to signify, through a power reinscription of Babekan and Toni into racial different types that even efface any notwithstanding a lot highlighted place of origin. sixteen. “Der Fremde, der nicht begriff, was once diese Anstalten zu bedeuten hatten, fragte den Knaben, den er mit Entsetzen, als er ihm nahe stand, für einen Negerknaben erkannte: wer in dieser Niederlassung wohne? und schon struggle er auf die Antwort desselben: ‘dass die Besitzung, seit dem Tode Hrn. Villeneuves dem Neger Hoango anheim gefallen,’ im Begriff, den Jungen niederzuwerfen, ihm den Schlüssel der Hofpforte, den er in der Hand hielt, zu entreißen und das weite Feld zu suchen, als Toni, die Laterne in der Hand, vor das Haus hinaus trat. “Geschwind! ” sprach sie, indem sie seine Hand ergriff und ihn nach der Thür zog: ‘hier hinein! ’ Sie trug Sorge, indem sie dies sagte, das Licht so zu stellen, daß der volle Strahl davon auf ihr Gesicht fiel. —Wer bist du? rief der Fremde sträubend, indem er, um mehr als einer Ursache willen betroffen, ihre liebliche Gestalt betrachtete. Wer wohnt in diesem Hause, in welchem ich, wie Du vorgibst, meine Rettung finden soll? —‘Niemand, bei dem Licht der Sonne,’ sprach das Mädchen, ‘als meine Mutter und ich! ’ und bestrebte und beeiferte sich, ihn mit sich fortzureißen. was once, niemand! rief der Fremde, indem er, mit einem Schritt rückwärts, seine Hand losriß: hat mir dieser Knabe nicht eben gesagt, daß ein Neger, Namens Hoango, darin befindlich sey? —‘Ich sage, nein! ’ sprach das Mädchen, indem sie, mit einem Ausdruck von Unwillen, mit dem Fuß stampfte; ‘und wenn gleich einem Wütherich, der diesen Namen führt, das Haus gehört: abwesend ist er in diesem Augenblick und auf zehn Meilen davon entfernt! ’ Und damit zog sie den Fremden mit ihren beiden Händen in das Haus hinein, befahl dem Knaben, keinem Menschen zu sagen, wer angekommen sei, ergriff, nachdem sie die Thür erreicht, des Fremden Hand und führte ihn die Treppe hinauf, nach dem Zimmer ihrer Mutter” (SW II/4, 15–16; emphases additional, now not all just like emphases in translation).

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