Catriona MacLeod

Andrew W. Mellon Penn Faculty Fellow in the Humanities

20102011 Forum on Virtuality

Catriona MacLeod

Associate Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures

All That is Solid Melts Into Air: Virtual Sculpture in German Romanticism

What light can Romantic aesthetics and literatures shed on our current understanding of “virtuality” and vice versa? The research project I am pursuing, on the “disappearance” of sculpture into literature in the nineteenth century, hopes to illuminate contemporary thinking about virtuality by considering an earlier artistic phenomenon that caused its public to detach itself from the material realm and to enter into subjectivistic, detached states.