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The "Spirit of Poesy": Essays on Jewish and German Literature and Thought in Honor of Geza von Molnar
edited by Richard Block and Peter Fenves
Northwestern University Press, 2000
eISBN: 978-0-8101-2151-5 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-1681-8
Library of Congress Classification PT289.S656 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 830.9006

A testament to the "spirit of poesy" that informs the life and work of Geza von Molnar, this volume of essays comes together around his principal preoccupations: the philosophical foundations of Goethe's writings, the structure and reception of German romanticism, the ethics of reading, and the fate of European Jewry. At the center of this work is the idea of a genuinely free humanity—from its ambiguous presence in the aesthetic projects of Goethe and German romanticism to its utter absence in the Nazi extermination camps. Combining works in philosophy, literature, and Jewish studies by established and younger scholars, this collection contributes significantly to an understanding of German culture.

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