Georg Christoph Lichtenberg und die Romantik

Monika Schmitz-Emans


In more than one regard, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg’s reflections anticipate romantic issues and concepts. First, Lichtenberg insists on the dependency of human experience from a subjective point of view, from human sensuality and its pre-conditions and from media taking influence on experienced reality. His imaginations about the use of microscope and telescope can be compared with texts of, for instance, Jean Paul and E.T.A. Hoffmann. Secondly, Lichtenberg’s ideas concerning subjectivity stimulate an intense interest in cases of madness. His comments on a madness scene depicted by Hogarth anticipate imaginations as they are developed in the famous Nachtwachen of Bonaventura (Klingemann) as well as in the texts of Hoffmann, especially with regard to Hoffmann’s hermit Serapion.


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