Realism's Human Forms
Berkeley-Lecture im Rahmen der Forschungskooperation zwischen der UC Berkeley und der LMU.
Ian Duncan considers the anthropomorphism underwriting 19th century realism, through Charles Dickens's dismantling of its techniques in his novel Bleak House. The novel's famous double narrative (firstperson memoir versus third-person external narration) undoes the formal synthesis of 'style indirect libre', which constitutes realism's anthropomorphic project. To the disaggregated, incommensurate modes of autobiographical narration and satirical omniscience Dickens adds a third technique, derived not from the novel but from Romantic poetry (and behind that, transcendental philosophy): the visionary intuition of "something beyond that place and time", which fails, however, to reorder the empirical machinery of novelistic narration.
Ian Duncan ist Professor für Anglistik an der University of California in Berkeley. Er hält sich derzeit als Gastprofessor an der LMU auf.