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Commentaries


The Bohrer Challenge. By Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht. Gumbrecht introduces Bohrer's conception of the autonomy of aesthetic experience. He discusses the importance of Bohrer's position, which poses fundamental problems for academic discourse and teaching in the humanities and arts.

Treason of the Readers: Karl Heinz Bohrer and the Autonomy of the Aesthetic. By Joshua Landy. Landy explores the implications of Bohrer's view of the aesthetic experience for literary criticism and proposes a response to Gumbrecht's "The Bohrer Challenge".


Reviews


Fuld, Werner. "Die Lust am Bösen: Karl Heinz Bohrers ungemütliche Ansichten," Frankfurter Allgemeinze Zeitung (25 March 1989). Here quoted from the reprint in: Ein Bücher Tagebuch (1989): 11.

"Wenn man eines Tages die intellektuelle Lage dieses Landes in den achtziger Jahren rekonstruieren will, können Bohrers Essays als Gebrauchsanweisungen dienen. Bis in scheinbar nebensächlichste Details forumulieren sie unsere Situation mit einer Prözision, die ihre Schärfe gerade aus dem Umstand gewinnt, daß die Essays im Laufe eines halben Jahrzehnts entstanden und schon in der von Karl Heinz Bohrer geleiteten Zeitschrift Merkur erschienen sind: Die damals als Satire mißverständlichen Texte haben sich seither abgelagert zur puren Tatsachenbeschreibung. Es ist vor allem der fremde Blick, der den Gegenständen Kontur und Schärfe gibt."
Götze, Karl-Heinz. Review of Plötzlichkeit. In: Das Argument 139 (May/June 1983): 446-48.

Japp, Uwe. Review of Der romantische Brief. In: Kleist Jahrbuch (1988/89): 489-93.

Graf, Guido. Review of Der Abschied: Theorie der Trauer. In: taz, die Tageszeitung (April 15, 1997): 16.

Jones, Michael T. Review of Die Ästhetik des Schreckens. In: The German Quarterly 55 (May 1982): 442-45.

Lepenies, Wolf. "Gesinnungsästhetik: Zu Karl Heinz Bohrers Auseinandersetzung mit Ernst Jüngers Frühwerk," Merkur 365 (Oct. 1978): 1055-60. Review of Die Ästhetik des Schreckens.

Oeser, Hans-Christian. Reviews of Der romantische Brief and Die Kritik der Romantik. In: Das Argument no. 187 (1991): 463-65.

Pfeiffer, Peter C. Review of Nach der Natur. In: The German Quarterly 63 (Spring 1990): 292-93.

Rutschky, Michael. "Die Ästhetik des Schreckens: Zu Karl Heinz Bohrers Untersuchung," Neue Rundschau 89 (1978): 457-64.

Schanze, Helmut. Review of Die Kritik der Romantik. In: Athenäum 1 (1991): 257-59.

Tietz, Udo. Review of Der romantische Brief. In: Weimarer Beiträge 36 (1990): 1680-83.

Wetzel, Michael. Review of Der romantische Brief. In: Athenäum 1 (1991): 260-67.


Links


Basic biographical information about Bohrer is in Who's Who in the World, 14th ed. (1996), available via Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe.* (See note below.) Search the Biographical Information section, with Date selection "All available dates." Additional material appears in the Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon, 3d ed. (1994), Ergänzungsband II: 250-51
[Green Library Gen Ref Z2230 .K6 1968].

Numerous articles and short reviews about Bohrer, published in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, taz, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and the Tages-Anzeiger, are also available via Academic Universe. * Search the General News Topics section, select Source Material "German Language News" and Date "All available dates." For a more complete search (with more source publications back to 1989), contact Reference Department staff in Green Library and request a search of the "traditional" Lexis database in the German Library's Allnws file.

* Please note: Academic Universe, which provides a Web interface to a large selection of Lexis-Nexis files, is available for the use of Stanford faculty, students, and staff only. A password is not required, but the connection must be made from a computer with a Stanford Internet Protocol (IP) address. Stanford telnet access to Lexis-Nexis via FOLIO was discontinued August 31, 1998.

Considering that Bohrer must be counted "among the few literary scholars in Germany of European rank" (Wolfgang Lange), the published literature and Internet-based information about Bohrer and his career is surprisingly scant. Lange's own essay of appreciation, "Kein Abschied: K.H.B. aus gegegenem Anlaß," was originally published in the Bielefelder Universitätszeitung (31 Oct. 1997) on the occasion of Bohrer's retirement to emeritus status. For published articles about Bohrer, see the Selected Bibliography of Works about Karl Heinz Bohrer.

A short summary of the importance of Bohrer's writings in the realm of aesthetics is provided by Franz Schuh: "Zu den Schriften Karl Heinz Bohrers: der letzte Ästhet." Thomas Assheuer's "Der Kult des Banalen" on popular culture in politics takes off from Bohrer's ruminations on the politics of "banality" in Merkur. It illuminates Bohrer's views on the tense connection between aesthetics and politics. Schuh's and Assheuer's articles were originally published in the Die Zeit (April 2 and May 7, 1998, respectively).

The work of Bohrer's research group in the Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft at the University of Bielefeld is available via the Web site for the Berichte der einzelnen Forschungsgruppen der Literaturwissenschaft under the heading "Ästhetische Theorie / Literatur der Moderne." It includes a short bibliography.

The Merkur does not maintain a Web site or provide electronic access to articles published in it. An interview with Kurt Scheel, the co-editor of Merkur, from Sonntagsblatt is available. The recent move of Merkur's editorial offices to Berlin was covered by OWL-Online: "Merkur nach Berlin." This move triggered some recent criticism of Merkur's politics and its emphasis on aesthetics, most recently in an essay by Joachim Rohloff, "Die Qualen des Banalen," in Jungle World.






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