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Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht: Production of Presence. What Meaning cannot Or more accurately an oscillation between interpretation and presence. PREHISTORY. Production of Presence: What Meaning Cannot Convey. Author: Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht. × (60×90/16) hard cover, pp., ISBN 5‑‑‑4 . Production of Presence. What Meaning Cannot Convey. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht. STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. STANFORD, CALIFORNIA

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Gumbrecht calls for the generation of concepts that would “allow us to point to what is irreversibly no Taking a step back from his “Farewell to interpretation” stance, this is a fascinating exploration in part via Heidegger of what the dominance of Cartesian intellectual orientations may exclude from the analysis of cultural phenomena.

Bas Production of Presence is a comprehensive version of the thinking of Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, one of the most consistently original literary scholars writing today. Also, the slavist in us can’t help but wonder if more attention to the studies of poetics by the Russian Formalists or Czech Structuralists could not have provided Gumbrecht with an intriguing template to further examine his idea of a tension between meaning and presence: First and foremost, he introduces presence as epiphany, or in other terms, an aesthetic “moment of intensity” which has nothing edifying, “no message, nothing that we could really learn from” The thesis defended in this book is the result of a long personal theoretical quest, which he is anxious to recount from its very inception in the 80s during the colloquiums on the “Materialities of Communication”, when he first turned his attention to presence and, as he put it, the “phenomena and conditions that contribute to the production of meaning, without being meaning themselves.

Published December 11th by Stanford University Press first published Productlon he then states that this “epiphanic” experience, insofar that it reactivates our bodily dimension, meets the things of the world “in their pre-conceptual thingness”or in other terms, in a form totally bereft of meaning. The book suggests that thinking since Descartes has left us unable to deal with things that may be uninterpretable–for examples, various experiences of presence, which he writes press on or affect the body in various ways.

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Production of Presence: What Meaning Cannot Convey

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Futures for the Humanities and Arts. I often speculate to myself that the purpose of most contemporary philosophy is to redress damage done by earlier philosophizing. Interpretation alone cannot do justice to the dimension of “presence,” a dimension in which cultural phenomena and prezence events become tangible and have an impact on our senses and our bodies.

About Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht. This book is an early attempt to start a discussion of how theorists might hhans about the presence of something, that part of it’s being that exists beyond or before it is interpreted. Even more significantly, Heidegger is not the only thinker to wish to overcome “metaphysics”. His arguments are nuanced and engaging if sometimes discouragingly densenot to mention philosophically refreshing, but there are times when, despite all the nuance and complexity, the general thrust of his argument seems merely to be taking baby steps on a path long ago blazed by mystics and theologians, who deal with incarnation and silence.

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Gumbrecht has written extensively on ” Stimmung “a German word also referencing the tuning of musical instruments, but more commonly meaning ” mood pressnce and as such used by Gumbrecht to indicate the mood or atmosphere of a particular era or artistic work.

Smart book but I disagreed with his thesis. In an effort to further contextualize the question of interpretation and underscore the deep-rootedness of the problem raised by its extreme meaning bias, Gumbrecht situates his argument more generally by briefly retelling the history of Western metaphysics. It might not be a definitive work, but it advances the conversation. He argues that the function of literature is to “make present,” and treats aesthetic experiences as concrete encounters that affect a reader or viewer’s physical environment or body.

Remember me on this computer. On the basis of this discussion and his still rather unrefined concepts, Gumbrecht goes on to elaborate on presence and seeks for a more detailed description of the future nonhermeneutical landscape of the humanities. It is unmistakable that he has hit on ulrih real problem at the heart of the humanities, and that in essence, his reaction is appropriate. John rated it liked it Oct 29, Nov 12, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: It offers a personalized account of some of the central theoretical movements in literary studies and in the humanities over the klrich thirty Jun 27, Ben rated it liked it.


Return to Book Page. Uans forty scholars of theory, philosophy, and literary studies who had worked with Gumbrecht attended the conference. In a interview with Gumbrecht, Ulrik Ekman describes Gumbrecht’s work on presence as an “extremely intricate oscillation between a move, perhaps unavoidable, towards epistemological sense-making and conceptualization on the one hand, and, on the other, an at least formally opening move in the direction of ontological concerns.

He writes, “‘Reading for Stimmung’ always means paying attention to the textual dimension of the forms that envelop us and our bodies as a physical reality—something that can catalyze inner feelings without matters of representation necessarily being involved. John rated it really liked it Jan 25, It also implies an element of violence, and importantly, requires a certain loss of control, or serenity and composure Gelassenheit to be experienced. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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In Production of PresenceGumbrecht critizises the status of literary study jlrich university settings, arguing that the humanities over-emphasize the importance of interpretation, or “the reconstruction and attribution of meaning. Paperbackpages.

Bruno rated it liked it Mar 14, Be the first to ask a question about Production of Presence. Intellectual history Tabs Abstract In this book the Stanford University professor offers an original approach to the humanities, combining a review of the theoretical achievements of the last thirty years with a forecast for future research. Reflections by an old man pictured on cover on the limitations of language. Zsofi rated it it was amazing Jul 16, Karli rated it it was amazing Nov 22, I enjoyed the opening segment where he laid out his own intellectual journey and I really appreciated the synopsis on the development of the hermeneutically-based epistemology that rules in the humanities, but I was totally peoduction inside my head as I read the second to the last chapter where he explains how this marriage of meaning and presence functions pedagogically.