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Davide Giuriato: Infinitely Determinable

Davide Giuriato

Infinitely Determinable
Children and Childhood in Modern Literature

Translated by Paul Bowman

Softcover, 256 pages

Date of publication: 31.01.2021


Upon the “discovery of childhood” (Ariès), bourgeois culture and with it modern literature mark out an arcane realm that, while scarcely accessible for adults, acts as a space for projections of the most contradictory kind and diverse ideological purposes. If from the eighteenth century onwards the child increasingly came into focus as a mysterious creature, then it now seems a strange being, constantly unsettling and alienating, although exposed to ongoing territorialization. This is possible because the space of ‘childhood’ is essentially blank and indefinite. Modernity discovers it as a zone of “boundless determinability” (Schiller).

  • history of literature
  • literary studies
  • childhood
  • Modernism
  • Think Art

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Davide Giuriato

Davide Giuriato

is professor for modern German literature at the University of Zurich. Other publications include: Mikrographien. Zu einer Poetologie des Schreibens in Walter Benjamins Kindheitserinnerungen (2006); »klar und deutlich«. Ästhetik des Kunstlosen im 18./19. Jahrhundert (2015); Adalbert Stifter-Handbuch (co-editor with Christian Begemann, 2017).