Shapes of Time: History and Eschatology in the Modernist Imagination (Signale: Modern German Letters) (Paperback)

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Shapes of Time explores how concepts of time and history were spatialized in early twentieth-century German thought. Michael McGillen locates efforts in German modernism to conceive of alternative shapes of time--beyond those of historicism and nineteenth-century philosophies of history--at the boundary between secular and theological discourses. By analyzing canonical works of German modernism--those of Karl Barth, Franz Rosenzweig, Siegfried Kracauer, and Robert Musil--he identifies the ways in which spatial imagery and metaphors were employed to both separate the end of history from a narrative framework and to map the liminal relation between history and eschatology.

Drawing on theories and practices as disparate as constructivism, non-Euclidean geometry, photography, and urban architecture, Shapes of Time presents original connections between modernism, theology, and mathematics as played out within the canon of twentieth-century German letters. Concepts of temporal and spatial form, McGillen contends, contribute to the understanding not only of modernist literature but also of larger theoretical concerns within modern cultural and intellectual history.

About the Author

Michael McGillen is Assistant Professor of German Studies at Dartmouth College. His work has appeared in the journals New German Critique, The Germanic Review, and Word & Image.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501772825
ISBN-10: 1501772821
Publisher: Cornell University Press and Cornell Universi
Publication Date: December 15th, 2023
Pages: 354
Language: English
Series: Signale: Modern German Letters