Uncontainable Legacies: Theses on Intellectual, Cultural, and Political Inheritance (Incitements) (Hardcover)

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Uncontainable Legacies: Theses on Intellectual, Cultural, and Political Inheritance (Incitements) By Gerhard Richter Cover Image


In a series of evocatively titled theses, including 'Wrinkles', 'Inheriting a Feeling', 'Weight of the World' and 'Making Treasures Speak', Gerhard Richter engages the quintessentially human dilemma of how to receive an intellectual, cultural or political inheritance. In dialogue with philosophers including Heraclitus, Arendt and Derrida; writers such as Montaigne, H lderlin, Kafka and Knausgaard; artists such as Michelangelo, Picasso, Anselm Kiefer and Art Spiegelman; filmmakers such as Jean-Marie Straub; scholars and scientists Freud and Einstein; and pop-cultural phenomena the rock band The Who and the Broadway play The Inheritance, Richter contemplates the problem of interpreting an inheritance that resists full transparency. Richter argues that inheriting is not the same as yearning for a former presence or nostalgically striving to preserve an identity. At once philosophical and poetic, his aphoristic theses illuminate how the constantly shifting nature of our relationship to what we inherit from others makes us who we are.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781474487801
ISBN-10: 1474487807
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Incitements