Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale
52 | 2018

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale
52 | 2018

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Vol. 52 | Num. 1 | Settembre 2018

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale | 52 | 2018

Von der Macht der Worte und der Gewalttätigkeit des Dichters
Zur Erzeugung virtueller Realität im 18. Jahrhundert

Britta Herrmann
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Deutschland
britta.herrmann@uni-muenster.de

DOI 10.30687/AnnOc/2499-1562/2018/01/004

Submitted 10 Aug 2018
Accepted 22 Aug 2018

Abstract

This article argues that literature in the 18th century evolved as an instrument to dynamize the relationship between reality and fiction: it creates what in the 20th/21st century is called virtuality, although this has always been associated with digital or other imaging methods. The contribution traces contemporary arguments underlining that language is superior to images in generating the virtual. It further shows how, in the age of Sensibility, mediatic and medical concerns were connected to the new aesthetics of illusion building, and how classical and romantic texts programmatically faced these concerns. They used, each in a different way, the transcendent power of words, in order to shape both the psyche and the body of their readers. The discovery and mastery of the virtual, therefore, was not only the central component for the contemporary educational project, but also served the idea of a health policy.

Keywords
Literature as medium. Effect of the real. Illusionary aesthetics. Affective excitement. Education. Sensitivity. Classical and romantic. Enérgeia.

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Herrmann Britta

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Von der Macht der Worte und der Gewalttätigkeit des Dichters

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Journal Article

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de

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http://doi.org/10.14277/AnnOc/2499-1562/2018/01/004

dc.description.abstract

This article argues that literature in the 18th century evolved as an instrument to dynamize the relationship between reality and fiction: it creates what in the 20th/21st century is called virtuality, although this has always been associated with digital or other imaging methods. The contribution traces contemporary arguments underlining that language is superior to images in generating the virtual. It further shows how, in the age of Sensibility, mediatic and medical concerns were connected to the new aesthetics of illusion building, and how classical and romantic texts programmatically faced these concerns. They used, each in a different way, the transcendent power of words, in order to shape both the psyche and the body of their readers. The discovery and mastery of the virtual, therefore, was not only the central component for the contemporary educational project, but also served the idea of a health policy.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale

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Vol. 52 | Num. 1 | Settembre 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-09-28

dc.dateAccepted

2018-08-10

dc.dateSubmitted

2018-08-22

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2499-2232

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2499-1562

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Literature as medium

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Effect of the real

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Illusionary aesthetics

dc.subject

Affective excitement

dc.subject

Education

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Sensitivity

dc.subject

Classical and romantic

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Enérgeia

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