Isis was the veiled goddess of nature who inspired German writers from Schiller to Novalis. Jean Paul Richter, too, fantasized about Isis: once one tried to lift the veil on nature, he said, the veil would continually extend itself.
How, then can one come to know and learn about nature? What tropes and language are used to make nature become visible? How does one communicate and disseminate this knowledge? How, in short, is nature re-mediated around 1800?
This workshop is being organized by the WCGS Research Group on Poetics and Nature circa 1800. It is free and open to the public. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Please find the schedule below. To help us with numbers, please register. Papers will be pre-circulated in early November to facilitate discussion, so please check back here at that time.
10:00-11:15 - Developmental Histories
- Elizabeth Effinger, “Kant and the Germs of History”
- John Savarese, “Hymns, Prose, and the Natural History of Language”
- Paola Mayer, “Reflections on Education in Gisela and Bettina von Arnim's ‘The Life of High Countess Gritta of Ratsinourhouse’”
11:30-12:45 - Medicine
- Sara Gallagher, "’Cold Pastoral’: Medical Language and the Sublime in Keats' Odes”
- Alice Kuzniar, “Teaching Nature and Disciplining the Body in Hahnemann’s Homeopathy”
- Christine Lehleiter, "Learning to Memorize: Albrecht von Haller on the Nature of the Brain."
12:45-1:45 - Lunch
1:45-3:00 - Flora
- Angela Borchert, “Goethe’s Poetic Practices in the Landscape Garden"
- Tristanne Connolly, "'to astonish'd realms Papyra taught': Nature, Art and Female Education in Erasmus Darwin's The Loves of the Plants”
3:00-3:30 - Coffee Break
3:30 - Guest Speaker
Nikola von Merveldt, "Remediating Nature: Presenting the Natural World in Eighteenth-Century Children's Literature"