The Abyss Above: Philosophy and Poetic Madness in Plato, Holderlin, and Nietzsche

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SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - Philosophy - 180 pages
Uses the figure of the mad poet to explore the connections between madness and creativity.

In The Abyss Above, Silke-Maria Weineck offers the first sustained discussion of the relationship between poetic madness and philosophy. Focusing on the mad poet as a key figure in what Plato called “the ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry,” Weineck explores key texts from antiquity to modernity in order to understand why we have come to associate art with irrationality. She shows that the philosophy of madness concedes to the mad a privilege that continues to haunt the Western dream of reason, and that the theory of creative madness always strains the discourse on authenticity, pitching the controlled, repeatable, but restrained labor of philosophy against the spontaneous production of poetic texts said to be, by definition, unique.

Silke-Maria Weineck is Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Michigan.

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Contents

FUTURE PERFECT
1
1 TALKING ABOUT HOMER
19
2 THE ABYSS ABOVE
49
THEMARKETPLACES OF MADNESS
79
LOGOS AND PALLAKSCHPAUL CELANSTüBINGEN JäNNER
121
NOTES
137
BIBLIOGRAPHY
167
INDEX
175
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Silke-Maria Weineck is Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Michigan.

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