Mosaics of the self : Kantian objects and female subjects in the work of Claire Goll and Paula Ludwig
Jones, Rachel (Rachel Ellen) (1997) Mosaics of the self : Kantian objects and female subjects in the work of Claire Goll and Paula Ludwig. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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In this thesis, I use poetic texts by two German women Expressionist authors,
Claire Gull and Paula Ludwig, to examine questions of selfhood, aesthetics
and sexual difference within a Kantian philosophical frame.
The thesis is structured in two parts. In Part One, I situate the project via a
critical examination of Lyotard's reworking of the Kanlian sublime. I argue
that Lyotard closes down the gaps within Kant's system that feminist
philosophy could usefully exploit and explore. I then position German
Expressionism as an alternative mode of post-Kantianism. I argue that
although the male Expressionist poets break down the Kantian subject-object
distinction, they continue to position woman as the "other".
There follows a brief bridging section, in which I outline work by some of the
key women Expressionists, and argue that the theoretical frameworks used in
Expressionist scholarship are inherently gendered.
In Part Two of the thesis, I explore texts by both Go!! and Ludwig in detail. I
argue that whilst the male Expressionists are concerned with dissolving male
subjecthood, these writers can be read as subverting Kantian space-time to
produce alternative modes of female selfhood and of the sublime.
In chapter 4,! examine Goll's disruptive exploration of a mode of embodied
selfhood generated through productive play and movements of relationality.
Chapters 5 and 6 extend the theme of relationally generated selfhood by
tracing the subversive use of neoplatonic and Orphic elements in a short story
by Goll. In chapter 7, I show how Ludwig radically reconfigures the limits of
both body and self to produce identities no longer constructed via
oppositional boundaries in the manner of the Kantian subject. I conclude by
arguing that the work of these authors provides feminist philosophy with
productive models for rethinking immanent transcendence and relationally
generated selfhood which can incorporate both difference and change.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Goll, Claire, 1891-1977 -- Criticism and interpretation, Ludwig, Paula -- Criticism and interpretation, Expressionism, Feminist theory|
|Official Date:||September 1997|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Philosophy|
|Extent:||iv, 402 leaves|
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