Motion, Emotion, Musik : Alexander von Humboldts experimentelle Klangtexte

  • Although Alexander von Humboldt is well known for his major impact on the development of new scientific knowledge and the rise of disciplines such as Geography and Ecology, his critical reflections on languages from a scientific point of view, as well as from an aesthetic perspective, still receive little attention. New research has shown that von Humboldt's writings on the languages of indigenous people may well be considered the beginning of anthropological-comparative linguistics. This article outlines the significance of von Humboldt's aesthetics of language in his own scientific texts. He explores the different dimensions of sound landscapes, combinating scientific description in prose and the sound of the indigenous terms. By this strategy, he connects different forms of "text islands" ('Textinseln') in order to create an intratextual web of knowledge archipelagos based on his concept of a science which refers to the senses ('sinnliche Wissenschaft'). The polyphonic structure of his writing opens up a collage of natural musical arrangements of animal and human sounds, fused into a common language of life forms bound together by the "phonotextual" soundscape of his writing skills. By merging epistemic and aesthetic forms, he creates a symphony of life between art, science, and nature.

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Author:Ottmar Ette
Parent Title (Latin):Colloquium Helveticum
Place of publication:Bielefeld
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2019
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/03/26
GND Keyword:Humboldt, Alexander von; Sprache; Klang; Soundscape; Lautäußerung; Waldtiere; Nacht
Page Number:25
First Page:28
Last Page:52
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft / Aisthesis Verlag
BDSL-Klassifikation:01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft / BDSL-Klassifikation: 01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > 01.08.00 Zu einzelnen Germanisten, Literaturtheoretikern und Essayisten
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Colloquium Helveticum / Musik und Emotionen in der Literatur = Musique et émotions dans la littérature = Music and Emotions in Literature (Colloquium Helveticum ; 48.2019)
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen