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Lost Classics: Wilhelm Dilthey, "The Imagination of the Poet"

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 8, 2015. 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall (Bldg. 460)
Meeting Description: 
Lost Classics: Wilhelm Dilthey, "The Imagination of the Poet"
Please join the Workshop in Poetics for our annual Lost Classics event, in which we revisit a neglected but important contribution to poetic theory and criticism:
 
Thursday, October 8, 6:30-8:30pm
(note: the event will take place half hour later than usual)
Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall (Building 460)
Discussion of “The Imagination of the Poet” by Wilhelm Dilthey
 
This year's event is on the German philosopher Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911), whose work on hermeneutics influenced important strains of continental philosophy, from Martin Heidegger to Paul Ricœur. We will discuss Dilthey’s 1887 essay, “The Imagination of the Poet: Elements for a Poetics,” focusing on the subsection, “An Attempt to Explain Poetic Creativity Psychologically” (Section 2, Chapter 2). Wide-ranging, interstitial, and deeply invested in the psychology of the production and reception of art, the essay supplies crucial links from Romantic aesthetics to modern hermeneutics.

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