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Heine and Critical Theory

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2019.10.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Willi Goetschel, Heine and Critical Theory, Bloomsbury, 2019, 311pp., $114.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781350087293. Reviewed by Anthony Phelan, University of Oxford Heinrich Heine, German Jewish poet and essayist, has figured significantly in Willi Goetschel's work on what he has called 'the invention of modern Jewish thought', as the writer who mediated and in some measure liberated the critical force of Spinoza's thought. In resourcing a critique of Hegel from Spinoza, Heine appears as the thinker who was able to disturb an assimilationist settlement of the 'Jewish problem' in German culture. In this new book, Goetschel returns to Heine in the philosophical contexts he has considered before; the comic turns and ironic performances of Heine's Pictures of Travel, in particular, but also of his History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany and the studied frivolities of his memoir of Ludwig Börne, are drawn into an... Read More

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