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Uncivil UnionsThe Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism and Romanticism$
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Adrian Daub

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226136936

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226136950.001.0001

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Marriage between Chaos and Product: Friedrich and Dorothea Schlegel

Marriage between Chaos and Product: Friedrich and Dorothea Schlegel

(p.148) Chapter Four Marriage between Chaos and Product: Friedrich and Dorothea Schlegel
Uncivil Unions
University of Chicago Press

This chapter elaborates how other theorists and poets of Frühromantik dealt with the question of the sign, of communication, and of unification. In particular, it presents a story of an extramarital affair. Friedrich Schlegel met Dorothea Veit while she was married to a businessman much older than she was. They pushed together the metaphysics of marriage perhaps to its pinnacle. Love and marriage, their commonalities and the difference between them, are absolutely central to Lucinde.Lucinde perhaps refined the most sustained metaphysics of love and marriage in German Romanticism. Androgyny stands as a telos or even “principle” of Schlegel's sexual metaphysics. It then turns to Dorothea Schlegel's intricate staging of re- and deproduction, of the objecthood and not-quite-objecthood of the product. Dorothea's Florentin criticized the problem of the product from Lucinde but turns what was part of the earlier text's unconscious and foregrounds it radically.

Keywords:   extramarital affair, marriage, Friedrich Schlegel, Dorothea Veit, love, Lucinde, androgyny, sexual metaphysics, Florentin

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