Béla Balázs: Über lyrische Sensibilität

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Title:Béla Balázs: Über lyrische Sensibilität
Creators:
Kerekes, Amália; amalia dot kerekes at gmail dot com; Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 48, 1, pp. 81-111
Uncontrolled Keywords:lyric verse, Sonntagskreis, Goethe J. W., social-historical context, history of genres

Abstract

In comparison with his art criticism, verse, and screenplays, Béla Balázs’s (1884–1949) writings on aesthetics and the history of genres have received little attention. His essay ‘A lírai érzékenységről’ (On lyrical sensibility) consists of lectures that were heard in the extracurricular series Freie Schule der Geisteswissenschaften (Open School of the Humanities), which was established in Budapest, in 1917, by the Sonntagskreis (Sunday Circle) discussion group, whose members included Georg Lukács, Karl Mannheim, and Arnold Hauser. In these lectures, Balázs describes the development of lyric verse, culminating with Goethe, as being a process distinguished by an emerging distance and complexity in the relationship between the human soul and nature. This change, resulting in a gradual growing apart of religion, the arts and science, and Romantic utopia, has meant that lyric verse may have gained in subject matter, but these newer topics are no longer manifested as an ‘extension of the soul’, but as a sign of the increasingly intense feeling of loneliness amidst alienated reality. Balázs’s approach to questions related to the history of genres evokes social-historical contexts, and is typical of comparable approaches taken by the thinkers of the Sonntagskreis. They too were determined to capture the singularity of each work of art by questioning the special features of the times or the continuous development of genres.

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Title:Béla Balázs: Über lyrische Sensibilität
Translated title:Béla Balázs: On lyrical sensibility
Creators:
Kerekes, Amália; amalia dot kerekes at gmail dot com; Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Uncontrolled Keywords:lyric verse, Sonntagskreis, Goethe J. W., social-historical context, history of genres
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 8. Section of Historical Sciences > Institute of Art History > Estetika (Aesthetics)
Journal or Publication Title:Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics
Volume:48
Number:1
Page Range:pp. 81-111
ISSN:0014-1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:6600
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:23 May 2011 20:02
Last Modified:08 Aug 2013 14:49

Citation

Kerekes, Amália (2011) Béla Balázs: Über lyrische Sensibilität. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 48 (1). pp. 81-111. ISSN 0014-1291

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