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Newberry Scholarly Seminar | Bluster (An Argumentative Mode) Erica Weitzman, Northwestern University

When: Friday, January 20, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM CT

Where: Newberry Library - B-82, 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Courtney Essenpreis   (847) 491-7249

Group: Department of German

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


What is bluster? What kind of genre, style, or form does it describe, and what aims and subject positions does it entail? This paper seeks to answer that question through the work of Friedrich Nietzsche and his contemporary, the theologian David Friedrich Strauß, of whom Nietzsche himself wrote a blistering critique in the Untimely Meditations. Through readings of these two rivals, the paper argues for “bluster” as the rhetoric of would-be authority and ressentiment, an attempt at power and norm-enforcement of those outside both power and norms. The paper also examines the historical situatedness of bluster as a style of discourse, as well as the question of what happens when the blusterers enter into the corridors of power after all.

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