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Goodreads helps you keep gujbrecht of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Production of Presence is a comprehensive version of the thinking of Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, one of the most consistently original literary scholars writing today.
It offers a personalized account of some of the central theoretical prkduction in literary studies and in the humanities over the past thirty years, together with an equally personal view of a possible future. Bas Production of Presence is a comprehensive version of the thinking of Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, one of the most presene original literary scholars writing today.
Based on this assessment of the past and the future of literary studies and the humanities, the book develops the provocative thesis that, through their exclusive dedication to interpretation, i.
Interpretation alone cannot do justice presnece the dimension of “presence,” a dimension in which cultural phenomena and cultural events become tangible and have an impact on our senses and our bodies. Production of Presence is a passionate plea for a rethinking and a reshaping of the intellectual practice within the humanities. Paperbackpages.
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Jun 10, Brad rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Gmbrecht 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. Gumbrecht calls for the generation of concepts that would “allow us to point to preeence 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 productiob Cartesian intellectual orientations may exclude from the analysis of cultural phenomena.
Gumbrecht calls for the generation of concepts that would “allow us to point to what is irreversibly nonconceptual in our lives” and makes a case for three of his own: As an ethnographer engaged with what Gumbrecht calls presence effects I found some of his assertions at once overly cautious and ethereal. Gumbrecht doesn’t distinguish between different orders of publics, a move that helps articulate how the different materialities of media matter, for example between a reading public and a listening public occupying shared space.
The intersubjective and the performative are in general impoverished in his work which leads him to characterize the relation between presence and meaning as volatile rather than often stabilized in practice, for example through ritual a concept he often invokes and the other ways that publics constituted through co-presence dampen such volatility through repetitive associations.
My objections, while more than cavils, do not detract from my overall enthusiasm for this beautifully written and richly generative work. Dec 05, Mj Harding rated it it was amazing. Grumbrecht takes you through his own intellectual development–his embracing and then movement away from meaning production hermeneutics and his movement towards a more holistic model that engages with and privileges what Gumbrecht calls “aesthetic experience” or epiphany, or presence.
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 Grumbrecht takes you through his own intellectual development–his embracing and then movement away from meaning production hermeneutics and his movement towards a more holistic model that engages with and privileges what Gumbrecht calls “aesthetic experience” or epiphany, or presence.
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 fist-pumping inside my head as I read the second to the last chapter where he explains how this marriage of meaning and presence functions pedagogically.
Prrsence reading I did was fairly careful as the writing was careful –I need to read this book gumgrecht and again–and while it may seem that Gumbrecht is contributing very little to the academic conversation on the futility or impossibility of meaning production, what he did say seemed at first like a feather, but later hit me like a ten ton weight Dec 11, Emm rated it liked it Shelves: I’m ambivalent about Gumbrecht.
I think the chapter entitled “Beyond Meaning But herein lies the most frustrating thing about this book: The rest of the book reads as sentimental wallowing. It feels as if Gumbrecht has fallen prey to impulse male scholars have to “feminize” themselves and their disciplines, I’m ambivalent about Gumbrecht.
It feels as if Gumbrecht has fallen prey to impulse male scholars have to “feminize” themselves and their presenfe, bemoaning their positions of entitlement and power for not being edgy enough.
See Braidotti’s “Nomadic Subjects” for more on this comment. The long and short of it: At times, Gumbrecht reads as a baby.
But Ch 3 is worth a read. Nov 12, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: An important work exploring the alternatives to the Apollonian world of meaning in the experience of presence, integrating insights about the aesthetic life and intense, fully-lived human experience.
It synthesizes many nascent threads in contemporary philosophy seeking to surpass the post-modern turn. It might not be a definitive work, but it advances the conversation. Feb 10, Brian rated it liked it Recommends it for: People seriously interested in art, semiotics and the humanities in general.
I often speculate to myself that the purpose of most contemporary philosophy is to redress damage done by earlier philosophizing. That seems to be the case with this book. As the ggumbrecht suggests, Gumbrecht addresses the shortcomings of our Cartesian legacy, which is obsessed with meaning and hermeneutics.
The Production of Presence: What Meaning cannot convey
This book is an early attempt to start a discussion of how theorists might talk about the presence of something, that part of it’s being that exists beyond or before it is interpreted. His ar I often og to myself that the purpose of most contemporary philosophy is to redress damage done by earlier philosophizing. 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 productiom to be taking baby steps on a path long ago blazed by mystics and theologians, who deal with incarnation and silence.
To his credit, Gumbrecht admits, toward the end of the book, that his thinking has much in common with certain religious thought and he even interacts with a produtcion theological movement known as radical orthodoxy and tentatively with some Buddhist principles.
Overall, I recognize much value in Gumbrecht’s arguments in part because the religious wisdom toward which his thinking is moving will be better received in the academy if put forth by a secular mind and I foresee myself referring back to this work in future scholarly discussions of art. Jul 11, Productiion rated it it was amazing.
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht: Production of Presence. What Meaning
This book seems to summarize my own academic career so far. Brigham Young University, Meaning culture: San Francisco State University, a nice combination of both, at times: Dec 26, Michael Meeuwis rated it really liked it. Fascinating, audacious, and presenec written. The book suggests that thinking since Descartes has left us unable to deal with things that may be uninterpretable–for examples, various experiences producgion presence, which he writes press on or affect the body in various ways.
Apr 07, Pedro rated it liked it Shelves: Jun 27, Ben rated it liked it. Reflections by an old man pictured on cover on the limitations of language. Smart book but I disagreed with his thesis.
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About Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht. As a scholar, Gumbrecht focuses on the histories of the national literatures in Romance language especially French, Spanish, and Brazilianbut also on German literature, while, at the same time, he teaches and writes about the western philosophical tradition almost exclusively on non-analytic philosophy with an emphasis on French and German nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts.
In addition, Gumbrecht tries to analyze and to understand forms of aesthetic experience 21st-century everyday culture.
Over the past forty years, he has published more than two thousand texts, including books, translated into more than twenty languages. In Europe and in South America, Gumbrecht has a presence as a public intellectual; whereas, in the academic world, he has been acknowledged by ten honorary doctorates in seven different countries: Books by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht.
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