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Why was anxiety such a major issue for Søren Kierkegaard and his contemporaries? This book revisits the “original” age of anxiety, the time and place where Kierkegaard’s ground-breaking thoughts on anxiety were formed. The pseudonym used by Kierkegaard in The Concept of Anxiety (1844), Vigilius Haufniensis, is Latin for “the watchman of Copenhagen.” A guiding question is what the vigilant Haufniensis might have observed in his city—and especially in the literary culture of his time and day? Exploring freedom in many forms, Kierkegaard and his contemporaries found combinations of fear and desire that have later been considered symptomatic of modernity.
In: The Original Age of Anxiety
In: The Original Age of Anxiety
In: The Original Age of Anxiety
In: The Original Age of Anxiety
In: The Original Age of Anxiety
In: The Original Age of Anxiety
In: The Original Age of Anxiety

Abstract

One of the devices introduced by Georg Brandes in the opening lecture and used especially in the first volume of Main Currents is that of the type. The type is used by Brandes to embody and synthesize multiple literary and cultural tendencies – and to move relatively freely between life and literature. But it also has a theoretical import and certain methodological implications as well as correlations to contemporary strands of realist literature: ‘The literary critic passing from one variety to another of the type of a certain period in a manner resembles the scientist tracking some structure through its metamorphoses in the different zoological species’, Brandes states programmatically in the first volume of Main Currents. How can we understand Brandes’ uses of the type in the light of earlier typologists and later ones? What are the potentials of typology for future research into literary history?

In: Georg Brandes
In: Georg Brandes