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Building-Up and Breaking-Down: Figures of Liminality in Goethe's Novella and George Simmel's "The Ruin" by Aleksandra Prica

November 8, 2018
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Deutsches Haus, 420 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 (between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Dr.)
The talk explores how in Goethe’s short story Novella (1828) and Georg Simmel’s philosophical essay "The Ruin" (1911) ruins are prominently featured to make an argument about the conditions of aesthetic and philosophical representation. The use of the ruin ultimately sheds light on each works’ respective status in the broader context of literary history and the history of philosophy.

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