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Forms of LifeAesthetics and Biopolitics in German Culture$
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Andreas Gailus

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749803

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749803.001.0001

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Enter the Hybrid (Kleist)

Enter the Hybrid (Kleist)

(p.191) 3 Enter the Hybrid (Kleist)
Forms of Life

Andreas Gailus

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the radicalization of this violent dimension in Kleist. While Kant and Goethe model life as a self-organizing form, Heinrich von Kleist highlights its divided and conflictual nature, depicting it as driving beyond form into the territory of deformation and disarticulation. In Kleist, this anti-organicism manifests in a poetic practice that emphasizes both the self-interrupting power of language and the prosthetic character of human life. Whereas Kant's and Goethe's autopoetic models seek to reconcile art and life, Kleist's heteropoietics frames art as an artificially intensified mode of life: art exceeds ordinary life, not by providing it with a beautiful form, but by extracting and magnifying its capacity to exceed itself, to break its own form, to become hybrid.

Keywords:   Heinrich von Kleist, conflictual nature, deformation, disarticulation, anti-organicism, heteropoietics, art

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