The Resource The chain of things : divinatory magic and the practice of reading in German literature and thought, 1850-1940, Eric Downing., (ebook)

The chain of things : divinatory magic and the practice of reading in German literature and thought, 1850-1940, Eric Downing., (ebook)

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The chain of things : divinatory magic and the practice of reading in German literature and thought, 1850-1940
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The chain of things
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divinatory magic and the practice of reading in German literature and thought, 1850-1940
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Eric Downing.
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eng
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In The Chain of Things, Eric Downing shows how the connection between divinatory magic and reading shaped the experience of reading and aesthetics among nineteenth-century realists and modernist thinkers. He explores how writers, artists, and critics such as Gottfried Keller, Theodor Fontane, and Walter Benjamin drew on the ancient practice of divination, connecting the Greek idea of sympathetic magic to the German aesthetic concept of the attunement of mood and atmosphere. Downing deftly traces the genealogical connection between reading and art in classical antiquity, nineteenth-century realism, and modernism, attending to the ways in which the modern re-enchantment of the world-both in nature and human society-consciously engaged ancient practices that aimed at preternatural prediction. Of particular significance to the argument presented in The Chain of Things is how the future figured into the reading of texts during this period, a time when the future as a narrative determinant or article of historical faith was losing its force. Elaborating a new theory of magic as a critical tool, Downing secures crucial links between the governing notions of time, world, the "real," and art
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Midwest
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Downing, Eric
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830.9/008
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no index present
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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hoopla digital
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Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought
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  • German literature
  • German literature
  • Books and reading
  • Books and reading
  • Divination in literature
  • Magic in literature
  • Aesthetics, German
  • Aesthetics, German
  • Electronic books
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adult
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The chain of things : divinatory magic and the practice of reading in German literature and thought, 1850-1940, Eric Downing., (ebook)
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unknown
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1 online resource
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9781501715921
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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MWT12427156
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MWT12427156
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The chain of things : divinatory magic and the practice of reading in German literature and thought, 1850-1940, Eric Downing., (ebook)
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Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781501715921
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT12427156
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
MWT12427156
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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