is Professor of German Literature at the University of Zurich. Research interests: literature and the arts (interart), conversation and gossip in 19th century literature, physiognomy and portrait in literature and other media.
There is no theory that is not aesthetic in a certain way. Adorno, too, did not understand his aesthetic theory simply as a theory of the aesthetic, but was aware of the aesthetic implications of theory. At the same time we have to do with aesthetic objects and events in which an aesthetic theory is inherent, which show themselves as art. So from both sides—theory and aesthetics—a link can be made to the etymological meaning of theoria, which understands the theoretical as a seeing or perspective. The book examines this link and simultaneity, focusing equally on the aesthetic implications of theory and the theoretical implications of aesthetic events.
With contributions by Frauke Berndt, Elisabeth Bronfen, Sandra Frimmel, Julia Gelshorn & Tristan Weddigen, Fabienne Liptay, Dieter Mersch, Klaus Müller-Wille, Barbara Naumann, Boris Previsic, Dorota Sajewska, Sylvia Sasse, Rahel Villinger, Benno Wirz, Sandro Zanetti.