Morphological techniques such as a serialization have had a considerable impact on a variety of attempts to model historical time (for example, George Kubler or André Jolles). Siegfried Kracauer’s unfinished last book History – The Last Things before the Last, published posthumously in 1969, offers a surprising twist on shaping time and also functions as a channel through which morphology is in touch with post-war reflections on history and historiography on the part of Hans Blumenberg and Reinhart Koselleck.
Eva Geulen is the director of the Center for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL), professor at the Department for Cultural History and Theory at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and has headed the research project ‘Time and Form in Motion. Goethe’s Morphology and Its Afterlife in 20th-Century Theory’, part of the DFG-Priority Programme ‘Ästhetische Eigenzeiten’. Her most recent monograph is Aus dem Leben der Form: Goethes Morphologie und die Nager (2016).
The lecture is part of the current ICI Lecture Series ERRANS, in Time. Ideas of physical, social, revolutionary time, internal time consciousness, or historical experience are far from settled in their respective discourses and practices. Yet attempts to harmonize or correlate the understanding of time and temporal phenomena generated in different disciplines all-too quickly resort to normative, if not teleological ideas of progress, efficiency, or experiential plenitude. Can the heterogenous relations between discordant conceptions of time and temporality be understood as being ‘erratically’ structured, that is, as marked by inherent misapprehensions, a dissonance that defies regulation, and an unexpected variability?
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