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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 Interrupted: Sophie Mereau's Bltithenalter Der Empfindung

Marriage Interrupted: Sophie Mereau's Bltithenalter Der Empfindung

(p.207) Chapter Six Marriage Interrupted: Sophie Mereau's Bltithenalter Der Empfindung
Uncivil Unions
University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores how Sophie Mereau submitted Johann Gottlieb Fichte's thought on gender to scrutiny. It shows that Mereau expressed at the very outset of the marital metaphysics inaugurated by Fichte a similar discomfort with the insularity that goes along with this absolute autonomization of the love relation. Mereau's novel clearly partakes in the metaphysics of marriage. She saw the problems attending on a metaphysical discourse of marriage and insisted on suspending her novel between the promises the metaphysical approach held for the Jena circle on the one hand and the vicissitudes that lay in store for any such approach on the other. Blüthenalter der Empfindung was marked by two different kinds of plots: the “main” plot detailing the romance of Albert and Nanette and the family saga of Nanette and Lorenzo. This novel, and Mereau's oeuvre as a whole, made an ambivalent contribution to the metaphysics of marriage.

Keywords:   marital metaphysics, Sophie Mereau, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, love, marriage, Blüthenalter der Empfindung

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