Reading After Foucault: Institutions, Disciplines, and Technologies of the Self in Germany, 1750-1830

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Robert Scott Leventhal
Wayne State University Press, 1994 - German literature - 269 pages
"The volume reads "after" Foucault in a number of ways. First, the readings occur after his decisive insights into the archive, the statement, discourse, and the pivotal function of the institutional and disciplinary conditions of their possibility. Second, the readings operate under the assumptions of discourse-analytical procedure; they seek to articulate at a discursive level, the fissures and breaks inherent within discourses and writing systems. Third, the readings attempt to work through the problematics of texts, statements, and circuits of communication and to unfold the discursive preconditions of specific forms of writing and self-production. Finally, Reading After Foucault seeks to contribute to a "history of the present" by analyzing the networks in and through which literary modernity has been manufactured. New readings of Wezel, Kleist, Reinhold, Herder, Schiller, Campe, Goethe, the story of Kaspar Hauser, Holderlin, Hamann, and Novalis are featured."--BOOK JACKET.

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Contents

Reading after Foucault Robert S Leventhal
How Why When and Where Did Language Go Public?
Johann Carl Wezels Herrmann und Ulrike 1780 or The Origin
From the Recreation of Scholars to the Labor of the Concept
The Play of Sexual Difference
Concerning Several Formulae of Communication in Hölderlin
Schillers Naive and Sentimental
Novaliss Heinrich
Notes on the Contributors 261
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An assistant professor at the University of Virginia, Robert Leventhal received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is the author of The Disciplines of Interpretation: The Emergence of the Hermeneutic Order in Germany, 1750-1800.

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