Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg - Germany
Dr. Robert Krause, born 1980, studied German literature, philosophy and history in Freiburg (Germany), Sevilla (Spain) and Strasbourg (France) and became instructor of modern German literature at the University of Freiburg (Germany). After completing his dissertation on the phenomenon of literary acculturation in exile, he published various articles on the subject, including some studies on Vilém Flussers philosophy of emigration. He is currently at work on a Fritz-Thyssen research project about the literary critics Hans Sahl and Ludwig Marcuse and their impact on the Weimar Republic. Furthermore, his research interests include Robert Musil, Hannah Arendt, translation theory, and the significance of architecture for late 19th century literature.
Articles of Robert Krause
„Paradies und Hölle“. Vilém Flussers fabelhafte Expedition in die Abgründe der Tiefsee und des Menschen
Flusser’s philosophical fiction Vampyroteuthis Infernalis develops a complex and paradoxical conception of space and place, strongly inspired by Lamarckism and Darwinism and by his reading of Heidegger’s Being and Time. Exploring these and further intellectual sources, scientific contexts and similar literary scenes of submarine life, this paper reconstructs Flusser’s diabolical trip into the abyss and his intent to overcome anthropocentrism. From the methodological point of view, the paper belongs to the field of literary and cultural animal studies and focuses on topographical aspects included in Flusser’s hybrid tale of a deep-sea squid. Thus, the intrinsic relationships between completely different appearing spaces and species are highlighted.