Marriage between Chaos and Product: Friedrich and Dorothea Schlegel

in Uncivil Unions

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226136936
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226136950 | DOI:
Marriage between Chaos and Product: Friedrich and Dorothea Schlegel

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This chapter elaborates how other theorists and poets of Frühromantik dealt with the question of the sign, of communication, and of unification. In particular, it presents a story of an extramarital affair. Friedrich Schlegel met Dorothea Veit while she was married to a businessman much older than she was. They pushed together the metaphysics of marriage perhaps to its pinnacle. Love and marriage, their commonalities and the difference between them, are absolutely central to Lucinde.Lucinde perhaps refined the most sustained metaphysics of love and marriage in German Romanticism. Androgyny stands as a telos or even “principle” of Schlegel's sexual metaphysics. It then turns to Dorothea Schlegel's intricate staging of re- and deproduction, of the objecthood and not-quite-objecthood of the product. Dorothea's Florentin criticized the problem of the product from Lucinde but turns what was part of the earlier text's unconscious and foregrounds it radically.

Keywords: extramarital affair; marriage; Friedrich Schlegel; Dorothea Veit; love; Lucinde; androgyny; sexual metaphysics; Florentin

Chapter.  12777 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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