“Ici commence l’indicible”. Hans Blumenbergs Überlegungen zur Unmöglichkeit des Beginnens beim späten Rilke

Hutchinson, B. (2008) “Ici commence l’indicible”. Hans Blumenbergs Überlegungen zur Unmöglichkeit des Beginnens beim späten Rilke. Etudes germaniques, 63 (1). pp. 115-129. ISSN 0014-2115. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This essay investigates the concept of ‘beginnings’ in Rilke’s poetry, through a reading of a number of published and unpublished texts by Hans Blumenberg (held in Marbach). Blumenberg’s brief article on an – almost – empty notebook of Rilke’s, containing only the words ‘Ici commence l’indicible’, can be seen as part of a broader aesthetics of negation. The paradox of saying the unsayable can be understood within the context of Blumenberg’s concept of ‘absolute metaphors’: how do Rilke’s metaphorical and syntactical techniques for ‘saying the unsayable’ – for expressing moments of beginning – correspond to Blumenberg’s insistence on the impossibility of expressing true beginning?

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > German
Depositing User: Ben Hutchinson
Date Deposited: 13 May 2008 09:01
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 10:35
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3189 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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