Birgit M. Kaiser, Kathrin Thiele: Forms of Critique, Modes of Combat
Forms of Critique, Modes of Combat
(S. 95 – 116)

Birgit M. Kaiser, Kathrin Thiele

Forms of Critique, Modes of Combat

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  • Philosophie
  • Ästhetik
  • Kritik

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Birgit M. Kaiser

is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Transcultural Aesthetics at Utrecht University. Her research spans literature in English, French and German from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, with particular focus on poetic knowledge production; the relation of literature, aesthetics and affect; and writing subjectivity in transcultural and post/colonial constellations of power, for which questions of un/translatability, multilingual writing and the materiality of language are especially important. Together with Kathrin Thiele, she founded and coordinates the international research network Terra Critica: Interdisciplinary Network for the Critical Humanities and is editor of the book series New Critical Humanities with Rowman & Littlefield International. Her publications have appeared in Comparative Literature, Interventions, Parallax, Textual Practice and PhiloSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism. She is author of the monograph Figures of Simplicity: Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2011) and the recently edited collections Singularity and Transnational Poetics (London and New York: Routledge, 2015) and, with Kathrin Thiele and Mercedes Bunz, Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary (Meson Press, 2017).
Kathrin Thiele

Kathrin Thiele

studierte Soziologie, Philosophie und Literatur in Bielefeld, London und Buffalo, USA. Sie ist Juniorprofessorin für Gender Studies an der Fakultät für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften der Universität Utrecht. Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte sind französische Philosophie, feministische Theorie der Differenz und posthumanistische Studien.

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Sami Khatib (Hg.), Holger Kuhn (Hg.), ...: Critique: The Stakes of Form

Critique is a form of thinking and acting. It is determined by its objects, yet never accesses them immediately but is always mediated through its own forms of (re)presentation. Since the end of the 18th century, there has been a dynamization and fluidization of the understanding of form, as topoi such as the break, the marginalization, the tearing and opening indicate. However, these multifarious attempts to “build on the structure through demolition” (Benjamin) testify to the dependence of all articulation on the forms of (re)presentation [“Darstellung”]. As a philosophical problem, the question of form arises in critical theory from Marx to Adorno. Since the 1960s, literary practices have proliferated which generate their critical statements less argumentatively than through the programmatic use of formal means. At the same time, the writing self, along with its attitudes, reflections, affects and instruments, visibly enters the critical scene—whereas the theatrical scene as a stage of critique has been contested intensively during the 20th century. This volume examines how the interdependence of critique, object, and form translates into critical stances, understood as learnable, reproducible gestures, which bear witness to changing conditions and media of critical practice.