Indecent Exposures

Indecent Exposures

Junior Visiting Fellows’ Conferences, Vol. XXII
IWM, Vienna 2007 [Published on the Web]

Edited by: Vern Walker

Contributions by: Gudrun Ankele, Saskia Haag, Georg Maisser, Lydia Mulvany, Astrid Peterle, and Vern Walker

Indecent Exposures:
A Personal Introduction (As It Usually Is)

I have come to discover that this time of writing my dissertation is one in which I am in constant need of inspiration. Yet in my experience so far, it seems to be a peculiar kind of inspiration: instead of showing me the answers, it usually complicates the problem of my work. For that, however …
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“Zusammenstimmung” – Poetics of Private Space in 19th Century’s Literature

In 1854 the historian Wilhelm Heinrich Riehl passionately reminded his writing contemporaries of the potentials he perceives in post-classical german literature. Adopting the rhetorics of prophetic speech Riehl claims that “der Quell der Poesie […] in dem deutschen Hause verborgen ist”.[1] The house and traditional family life would represent the source of poetic creativity that …
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Madness in Nietzsche’s Gay Science

The larger problem of this project concerns appearances of madness and “untimeliness” in human characters throughout Nietzsche’s corpus. Before I can even proceed to that point, however, it first of all necessary to show what role madness plays for Nietzsche. We can introduce the problem of madness, particularly in through his work in TheGay Science, …
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Apprenticeship in Pacifism
Or What to Do with Practical Advice?

As was passed on by a twentieth century monk named Thomas Merton, himself living a secluded life in the Abby of Gethsemane in Kentucky, we have this saying, which is only one of many sayings that came out of the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, Arabia and Persia during the fourth century: “Another brother asked the …
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Sketching the Reception of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore [1]

“Sous ce masque un autre masque. Je n’en finirai pas de soulever tous ces visage.”[2] This quote of Claude Cahun from her book Aveux non avenus (1930), stands symbolically for a temptation art scholars may feel in the case of the cited artist: to try to lift up the faces and masks of Claude Cahun …
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Helene Druskowitz’ Pessimistische Kardinalsätze (1905) als Manifest

  Bei Wahrnehmung des höheren Lebensgesetzes wird ihnen [den Frauen] zugleich auch die höhere Bestimmung vollkommen klar werden, die darin besteht, dass sie als Führerinnen in den Tod erscheinen, indem sie das Endesende vorbereiten. Dieses wird sodann das Ideal werden und an Stelle eines Ideals ohne Ziel und Ende treten! Helene Druskowitz, Pessimistische Kardinalsätze[1] Die …
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Terrorism. On the Perception and Justification of Violence.

1. The beginning of systematic research on terrorism When R. M. Hare decided to write his article “On Terrorism,” first published in 1979, he was by no means the first philosopher to write down his reflections on the subject of terrorism. But by the end of the 1970s, terrorism was once more in history a …
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