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978-0-8166-1240-6 / 0816612404

Readings in Interpretation: Holderlin, Hegel, Heidegger (Theory and History of Literature)

by Warminski, Andrzej

Publisher:Univ Of Minnesota Press

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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Readings in Interpretation was first published in 1987. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

Readings in Interpretation  a volume primarily on the texts of Holderlin, Hegel, and their interpreter Heideggerlocates itself strategically between literature and philosophy. In keeping with this juxtaposition, it treats the question of self-consciousness and reflection on the levels of "theme" and "text." For both Hegel and Holderlin, selfconsciousness and its relation to knowing are explicit themes, but Waminski's readings show that a more disruptive reflection is operative on the level of text.

In an argument that centers on the textual aspects of Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit,Warminski demonstrates that the negative momentwhich is often interpreted as a prelude to a unified self-consciousnesscannot be accounted for by interpretive models drawn from outside the textby concepts like the self, consciousness, or the subject. Instead, a completely different practice and theory is necessary. The author's "Prefatory Postscript" at the beginning of the book therefore serves as an introduction to sketch the theoretical basis of the readings that follow and as a "postscript" that explains the difference between "reading" and "interpretation" which those readings make necessary.