The „poetic element“ of Science: Particle Physics and the Fantastic in Irmtraud Morgner’s Novella The Rope

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In her novella Das Seil [The Rope] (1973), Irmtraud Morgner questions the degree to which particle physics and its search for the elementary components of matter appears fantastic. This is accomplished through a particular literary technique. Morgner montages entire excerpts of original texts from particle physics in her novella. With this material, the text demonstrates how particle physicists rely on a “poetic element” in the production and representation of what cannot be observed, namely, invisible particles. In this way, the novella produces an effect crucial to its fantastic narrative structure: it causes the concepts of the real and the imaginary to collapse.
TitelPhysics and Literature : Concepts – Transfer – Aestheticization
Redakteure/-innenAura Heydenreich, Klaus Mecke
Verlagde Gruyter
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-047957-7
ISBN (elektronisch)978-3-11-048111-2 , 978-3-11-048125-9
PublikationsstatusAngenommen/Im Druck - 2019
VeranstaltungGründungstagung von ELINAS (Erlanger Zentrum für Literatur und Naturwissenschaft) - Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen, Erlangen, Deutschland
Dauer: 29.05.201401.06.2014
Konferenznummer: 1