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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675951

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675951.001.0001

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the Father’s Imprisonment

the Father’s Imprisonment

Wilhelm Heinse

(p.99) Chapter Three the Father’s Imprisonment
Aberrations of Mourning

Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on Wilhelm Heinse, a popular writer who, in his own lifetime, became the widow of his own reputation and acclaim. Heinse’s conception of the arts can thus only begin to be received and find acknowledgement when the two German heralds of mass media culture, Richard Wagner and Ludwig II of Bavaria, come to read Heinse with great respect and interest. In the midst of everything good and beautiful, Heinse always evokes and privileges das Nackende, which covers, up front, nakedness as practiced by the ancient Greeks. Although the embodiment of das Nackende is hailed by Heinse as the highest degree of pleasure successfully attained and transmitted by painting and sculpture, it also doubles as the measure of his despair.

Keywords:   Wilhelm Heinse, writer, arts, Richard Wagner, Ludwig II, nakedness, painting sculpture

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