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Barthold Heinrich Brockes und das Nature Writing

Krause, Frank. 2020. Barthold Heinrich Brockes und das Nature Writing. In: Christine Kanz and Gabriele Dürbeck, eds. Deutschsprachiges Nature Writing von Goethe bis zur Gegenwart – Kontroversen, Positionen, Perspektiven. J.B. Metzler. [Book Section] (Forthcoming)

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Historical studies in search of Nature Writing in German literature occasionally mention the early enlightenment poet Barthold Heinrich Brockes, who presents natural phenomena as manifestions of a purposive order that proves the benevolent design of an almighty creator. Nature Writing also deals with the experience of ethically significant plays of forces that link inner and external nature in dynamics beyond human reach, but it can no longer read nature as a scripture, and it prefers the immersion in to a contemplation of nature. This study compares these modes of writing in more detail: Both belong to the genealogy of ethical demands to surpass the limits of instrumental thought through bodily explorations of nature. But whilst Brockes complements instrumental thought with exercitations about the theonomous foundations of human autonomy, Nature Writing rejects the estrangement of instrumental reason from our bodily belonging to an unwieldy nature, and it thus breaks with the modern aesthetico-religious project to reconcile nature and human needs.

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English and Comparative Literature


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