Publication from 01/09/2019

IZfK Vol. 1 (2019): Lyrik und Erkenntnis


International Journal for Comparative Cultural Studies (IZfK) opens with a Special Issue of the Institute for Advanced Studies, “Poetry and Knowledge” (IZfK, Volume 1, 2019).


Lyrik und Erkenntnis“(IZfK, Band 1 , 2019), edited by Ralph Müller and Friederike Reents


Poetry is often considered hermetical, emotion-focused or aesthetically overdetermined. For this reason, the relationship between poetry and cognition appears, at first glance, as hardly compelling as that of art and science, of feeling and thinking, or even of intuition and analysis. The contributions to this volume, coming from philosophical and literary criticism perspectives, dedicate themselves to the methods and forms which make use of potential cognitive functions in poetry, especially contemporary poetry. This endeavor is fundamentally concerned with questions of the relationship between poetry and cognition: Which forms of “cognition” are even possible in poetry? In what way and in what forms can poetry also be a medium of generation and/or mediation off. cognition, experience or even knowledge and truth? And which processes, matters, or “information” are thereby privileged? Are there subgenres of poetry, for example historical poetry, reflective poetry or didactic poetry, that are especially relevant as regards cognitive functions? And can cognition also be mediated through aura, Stimmung or experience?