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

April 22 - 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

photo portrait of Professor Jörg Kreienbrock

 

 

 

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.

 

Details

Date:
April 22
Time:
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue

205 East Pyne Hall

Organizer

The Department Of German