Gisela Dischner

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Gisela Dischner with Peter Nickl at the Festival of Philosophy 2016 in Hanover

Gisela Dischner (born November 3, 1939 in Steinhöring , Bavaria ) is a German literary scholar and writer .


Gisela Dischner studied German , sociology and philosophy in Munich from 1961 to 1965 and then (until 1967) in Frankfurt am Main . After stations in Birmingham and Giessen, she was Professor of Modern and Latest German Literature at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hanover from 1973 to 2004 .

Her work focuses on modern aesthetics, romantic literature, authors and works from what she calls the “ Hölderlin line of modernity”, a theory of idleness and women's literature. Dischner's theoretical position shows itself in the early publications influenced by the critical theory of the Frankfurt School , the young Karl Marx , early romanticism, psychoanalysis, existentialism and surrealism and takes in the later writings also impulses and motives of Nietzsche , Heidegger and Jean Baudrillard on.

The study of poetics of the modern poem. On the poetry of Nelly Sachs , her dissertation, examines the conditions and forms of lyrical speech after the experiences of fascism on the basis of the works of Nelly Sachs and Paul Celan (she was in correspondence with both of them). The broad-based research work on the origins of the Rhine Romanticism in England. The history of romantic aesthetics begins with a lifelong preoccupation with thinking and the literary art forms of romanticism . The numerous publications on Bettina von Arnim , Friedrich and Caroline Schlegel , Novalis and others are thoughtfully organized by the question of the conditions for the possibility of a connection between art and life, the utopia of which is romantic sociability, as historically in the romanticism pursued by women Salons of the nineteenth century made its appearance. In her work on Giordano Bruno , Hölderlin, Kleist , Nietzsche and Kierkegaard , she examines the constitutional conditions of subjectivity and the individual's aspirations for autonomy in a society that places all areas of life under the dictate of economic efficiency and functional rationality. Dischner develops the counter-image to the economism of capitalist society in her books on idleness.

Gisela Dischner was married to the writer and linguist Chris Bezzel and lives (as of 2020) in Hanover and on Mallorca .


  • Gisela Bezzel-Dischner: Poetics of the Modern Poem. On the poetry of Nelly Sachs . Frankfurt Contributions to German Studies, Vol. 10. Gehlen, Bad Homburg / Berlin / Zurich 1970 (= Diss. Frankfurt am Main), ISBN 3-7997-1110-4
  • Gisela Dischner: Origins of Rhine Romanticism in England. On the history of romantic aesthetics , Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1972, ISBN 978-3-465-00895-8
  • Chris Bezzel, Peter Brückner, Gisela Dischner u. a .: The inability of reality. Contributions to a different materialistic aesthetic , Wagenbach, Berlin 1974, ISBN 3-8031-1055-6
  • Bettina von Arnim. A female social biography of the 19th century . Wagenbach's pocket library, vol. 30. Verlag Klaus Wagenbach , Berlin 1977, ISBN 3-8031-2030-6
  • Caroline and the Jenaer Kreis. A life between bourgeois isolation and romantic sociability . Wagenbach's pocket library, vol. 61. Wagenbach, Berlin 1979, ISBN 3-8031-2061-6 (biography about Caroline Schlegel-Schelling )
  • Friedrich Schlegel's Lucinde and materials on a theory of idleness . Gerstenberg, Hildesheim 1980, ISBN 3-8067-0854-1
  • Diary . Bankruptcy book, Tübingen 1981, ISBN 3-88769-000-1
  • About the incomprehensibility: Essays on the new seal, Gerstenberg, Hildesheim 1982, ISBN 978-3-8067-0884-4
  • A silent generation reports. Women of the thirties and forties , ed. Gisela Dischner, Fischer TB Frankfurt a. M. 1982, ISBN 3-596-23727-0
  • The stranger's voice. Wolke Verlag, Hofheim 1992, ISBN 3-923997-48-5
  • ... soon we will be singing. On the Hölderlin line of modernity , Aisthesis, Bielefeld 1995, ISBN 978-3-89528-148-8
  • Dare to be an individual. Experiment via Kierkegaard , Philo, Bodenheim 1997, ISBN 3-8257-0043-7
  • The walls stand speechless and cold. Tragic realization in the modern age . Aisthesis Verlag , Bielefeld 1999, ISBN 3-89528-228-6
  • Resurrection and transformation. Reflections on the Renaissance in Italy . Philo Verlagsgesellschaft mbh, Berlin / Vienna 2001, ISBN 978-3-8257-0232-8
  • Giordano Bruno. Thinker - poet - magician . Edition Kairos, Vol. 2. Francke, Tübingen / Basel 2004, ISBN 3-7720-8022-7
  • The visible clings to the invisible. Mystical traces in modern art and poetry . Philo, Hamburg / Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-86572-528-7
  • Dictionary of the Idler . Aisthesis, Bielefeld 2009, ISBN 3-89528-727-X
  • Madame Lucifer. Civil isolation and romantic sociability. Caroline Schelling , former Schlegel , Traugott Bautz, Nordhausen, 2010, ISBN 978-388-309-613-1
  • Love and idleness . Aisthesis, Bielefeld 2011, ISBN 3-89528-838-1
  • "All the dirt and shine of my soul at the same time". Heinrich von Kleist's letters as part of his work . Aisthesis, Bielefeld 2012, ISBN 3-89528-918-3


  • Jens Runkehl / Torsten Siever (eds.): Paul Celan to Gisela Dischner. Letters from 1965 to 1970 . Private publisher, Hanover 1996.
  • Gert Hofmann / Esther Kilian (eds.): "Everything is not itself". The kairotic memory of poetry. Festschrift for Gisela Dischner . Shaker, Aachen 2001, ISBN 3-8265-9097-X
  • “As if to you from a great distance”. Paul Celan, Gisela Dischner, correspondence . Edited and commented by Barbara Wiedemann in conjunction with Gisela Dischner. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-518-42338-7 .

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Raimund Fellinger, Katharina Pektor (ed.): Peter Handke. Siegfried Unseld. The correspondence ; 1st edition, Berlin: Suhrkamp, ​​2012, ISBN 978-3-518-79800-3 and 3-518-79800-6; Preview over google books