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In: Iconic Turns

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The essay discusses the potential of poetry in general and ecopoetry in particular to make a political stance in a world on the brink of environmental catastrophe. Does it make sense to consider the non-instrumental and non-pragmatic characteristics of ecopoetry as an antidote to destructive forms of instrumental reasoning? Can the discourse of (eco)poetry provide a language which bridges the gap between the linguistic sign and the referent out there, between human thought and the materiality of the world? The essay argues that contemporary poems by the Scottish poets Kathleen Jamie and John Burnside fathom the “hidden resources of language” (Timothy Clark) to fundamentally question anthropocentric modes of thought.

In: From Ego to Eco

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The discrepancy between common temporary expectations of Switzerland as idyll on the one hand, and the reality of its industrially organized tourism on the other, imposes irritations upon the touristic gaze. This article, then, traces the origins of this discrepancy and examines the relationship between Swiss idyll and tourism in the 19th century. The analyses of Ida Hahn-Hahn’s Eine Idylle and Hans Christian Andersen’s Iisjomfruen showcase different ways of relating idyll and tourism to one another as well as the aesthetic merit produced by this constellation.

In: Sprache und Literatur

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This article discusses the relationship of Sibylla Schwarz’ poem Verachtung der Welt and its Dutch source: passages from Jacob Cats’ book Houwelyck (1625), a kind of guide to marriage for the Dutch bourgeoisie. Previous research was not able to identify this source, partly because Schwarz takes a very unique approach with her adaptation. A comparative analysis of the texts brings Schwarz’ translation strategies into the foreground, which in turn demands a reevaluation of conclusions and assumptions about her work that until now have gone mostly unquestioned. The comparative analysis also reveals how skillfully Schwarz was able to make use of the Early Modern ‘spaces’ of translation, as she inscribes a new poetic dimension into Cats’ text.

In: Daphnis
In: Iconic Turns