“The Form of the Sonnet: Petrarch, Schlegel, Pastior” -Professor Jörg Kreienbrock Northwestern University

Date: April 22nd, 2019
Time: 4:30PM – 6:00PM
Location: 205 East Pyne Hall

In 1973 the German-Romanian poet Oskar Pastior published his so-called Petrarca-Projekt – a collection of thirty-three highly idiosyncratic translations of sonnets from Petrarch’s Il Canzoniere. Pastior’s adaptation of the Petrarchan sonnet as a paradigm for lyric poetry is inscribed in a particular German literary history of Petrarchism that reached its pinnacle in August Wilhelm Schlegel’s reflections on the form of the sonnet in his Vorlesungen über schöne Litteratur und Kunst. This talk will interpret Schlegel’s romantic theory of the sonnet together with Pastior’s project of translating Petrarch as innovative models for a theory of poetic form irreducible to a metaphysical distinction between form and content, traditional definitions of genre, or as an expression of lyric subjectivity.

photo portrait of Professor Jörg Kreienbrock

Poster of Spring Lecture Series - The form of the sonnet