The Ecstatic Quotidian: Phenomenological Sightings in Modern by Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

By Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

Fascination with quotidian event in smooth artwork, literature, and philosophy promotes ecstatic kinds of mirrored image at the very constitution of the standard global. Gosetti-Ferencei examines the ways that glossy paintings and literature permit a learn of ways we event quotidian lifestyles. She indicates that modernism, whereas showing many strands of improvement, might be understood by way of investigating how its attentions to belief and expectation, to the typical caliber of items, or to formative years play provides technique to reports of 'ecstasis'--the stepping open air of the normal familiarity of the world.While phenomenology grounds this examine (through Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Bachelard), what makes this ebook greater than a treatise on phenomenological aesthetics is the best way modernity itself is tested in its relation to the quotidian. in the course of the works of artists and writers equivalent to Benjamin, Cezanne, Frost, Klee, Newman, Pollock, Ponge, Proust, Rilke, Robbe-Grillet, Rothko, Sartre, and Twombly, the realm of quotidian lifestyles might be visible to harbor a latent ecstasis. The breakdown of the quotidian via and after modernism then turns into an pressing query for realizing artwork and literature in its potential to extra human event, and it issues to the bounds of phenomenological explications of the typical.

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Dasein regards itself as a being like other beings, or as one thing standing against thing-objects in an objective spatio-temporal coordination, rather than as uniquely involved in the constitution of the there or here in which things are encountered. ’’ Fallenness (Verfallen; Verfallenheit) means that everyday existence has fallen ‘‘into the world’’ and away from itself as ‘‘being in the world’’ (Heidegger 1984, 175, 176). In his early writings, Heidegger employed the term ‘‘factical life’’ to refer to this everydayness and the intrinsic tendencies and countertendencies of life which determine it.

When the world is encountered as familiar, it is so by virtue of ‘‘initial and temporally particular givens which are closest to us and are there for a while in a certain ‘whiling’ or ‘tarrying awhile’ at home in them. . This tarrying awhile at home in . . has its while, its character of a measured sojourn and holding out in the temporality of everydayness’’ (Heidegger 1999, 66). Heidegger conceived of Dasein’s concerned involvement with things as ‘‘equipmentality’’—the being at hand (die Zuhandenheit) of the equipment (das Zeug), one principal mode in which things are present in worldliness, in their unobtrusive familiarity (unauffa¨lligen Vertrautheit) (Heidegger 1984, 104).

Yet like Sartre’s Roquentin, Malte is frightened by the protrusion of objects; he tells us he began to run as soon as he recognized the wall. It was the recognition itself that was so frightening. If we are comfortably absorbed in the trivialities of quotidian life, this comfort is lost as soon as the quotidian object, and here one in ruins, is recognized—as soon as its existence gains notice in its immense fragility. That Malte feels this as not only an implicit analogy but as an explicit self-reflection is suggested by his avowal that the ruined house is at home within himself— ‘‘Es ist zu Hause in mir’’ (KA III 487).

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