theorists such as Jane Bennett, whose concept
of ‘thing-power’ in Vibrant Matter (2010) seeks to ‘acknowledge
that which refuses to dissolve completely into the milieu of human
knowledge’ while aiming to ‘attend to the it as actant’.10 Even more
recently, Ian Bogost’s Alien Phenomenology (2012) situates things
at the centre of being and advocates the use of metaphor in philosophy as a means of glimpsing things as they exist outside of
human consciousness.11 The work of Levi Bryant (2011) puts entities at all levels of scale on equal ontological footing and Timothy
ourselves’, and yet also insist that ‘reading Beowulf , even after all these years is not like talking to an old friend’.
And yet, even though the poem offers itself up to questions of old friends very naturally, intimacy is rarely articulated openly as a guiding critical framework.
Many times when intimacy is invoked in places where we would expect to see it – in queer theory, affect studies, and theories of sensation or phenomenology – it functions metaphorically as a descriptor of a certain kind
Foregrounding the body and performance in plays by Gina Moxley, Emma Donoghue and Marina Carr
Spaces: Phenomenology and Performance in
Contemporary Drama (Ithaca, NY and London: Cornell University
Press), 1994, pp. 186–7.
Elaine Aston, An Introduction to Feminism and Theatre (London and
New York: Routledge, 1995), pp. 51–2.
Lib Taylor, ‘Shape-shifting and Role-splitting: Theatre, Body and Identity’,
in Naomi Segal, Lib Taylor and Roger Cook (eds), Indeterminate Bodies
(London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), pp. 164–5.
Judith Butler, ‘Performative Acts and Gender Constitution’ in Julie Rivkin
and Michael Ryan (eds), Literary Theory: An Anthology, second edition
(Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1975), Phenomenology of
Spirit (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977 ), Elements of the
Philosophy of Right , and Philosophy of History (London: Dover,
1956). See Robert Fine, Political Investigations: Hegel, Marx, Arendt
(London: Routledge, 2001), 61–78.
See Florence Gauthier, ‘Universal Rights and
specific historical contexts, but rather an eloquent and polemically
brilliant phenomenology of a set of ‘enduring reflexes’, partially embodied in a set of
institutions but mainly hovering like a dense mental fog over the low-lying ideological terrain on which the Labour Party operated . . . As a savage and innovatory indictment of the malaise of the Labour Party and labour movement in the late 1950s and
1960s the New Left critique is justly famous. But as a stand in for the history of the
Labour Party, it will not do.
A second, and related, charge has been that the
Alex Gekker, Sam Hind, Sybille Lammes, Chris Perkins and Clancy Wilmott
. Phenomenological approaches to temporality regard
time as emerging in our individual capacities for making sense of the world.
The father of phenomenology, Edward Husserl, focused on exploring what he
termed ‘internal time consciousness’ – suggesting that the temporal was a central and indivisible aspect of being human (Hoy, 2012). This idea of ‘being’ was
developed in Heideggerian thought through hermeneutics. Heidegger makes an
important distinction between different modes of temporality, which he characterises as ‘ontic’ and ‘ontological’. Ontic knowledge relates to the
Nazis. In the same semester, my father
also registered for a class on ‘selected phenomenological problems’
with the founder of phenomenology himself, Edmund Husserl (also
dismissed by the Nazis some years later). Disappointingly, neither
professor has signed the Anmeldungs-Buch.
University of Freiburg
Arthur Wolff class
register, University of
Freiburg, Summer 1923
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Jewish student fraternity, University of Freiburg,
Arthur Wolff in fraternity uniform
Later, pursuing his studies for
's work”’ (Lloyd 2007 : 699). See, for example, Gillian
Rose's ( 1995 ) phenomenology of love in
her philosophical memoir, Love's Work , and Vincent
Lloyd's ( 2011, 2008, 2007 ) discussion of
the place of love in Rose's writings.
For a discussion of ‘teaching as a form of
further, arguing that these ‘imponderabilia’ are manifestations of what he refers to as ‘the subjective desire of feeling’, a concept that is awkwardly expressed in this isolated phrase, but which is not dissimilar to what we would now call, in the language of phenomenology, ‘lived experience’.
Among the specific examples of practices manifesting this ‘subjective desire of feeling’ that Malinowski cites, there are many that would be very effectively evoked through film. These include the routines of working life, the way in which the body is cared
Ingold, Being Alive, pp. 15–32.
44 Ingold, Being Alive, pp. 30–1. In this section, Ingold is critiquing
Christopher Tilley’s The Materiality of Stone: Explorations in
Landscape Phenomenology (Oxford: Berghahn, 2004).
45 Orton and Wood with Lees, Fragments of History, p. 142.
46 ‘Swan’: Ferdinand Holthausen, ‘Anglosaxonica Minora’, Beiblatt zur
Anglia, 36 (1925), 219–20; ‘quill pen’: F. H. Whitman, Old English
Riddles (Ottawa: Canadian Federation for the Humanities, 1982),
pp. 144–8; ‘figurehead’: see Williamson, Old English Riddles of the
Exeter Book, pp