Prof. Dr Jochen Hörisch
The literary and media scholar in conversation with the President of the SIAF, Dr. Martin Meyer
Hände: Eine Kulturgeschichte
Hanser Publishing House, Munich
Hands: A Cultural History
From Goethe’s Faust to handplay – The hand plays a central role not only as a sensory organ and tool, but also in history and literature.
It grasps and feels, caresses and strikes, greets and closes contracts: No part of the body is as versatile as the hand. In language we find countless examples of its prominent role: we take a thing in our hands, something cannot be dismissed out of hand, and a goal would be within reach if only we didn’t have two left hands. Every era associates its own ideas with the hand – and if we are increasingly controlling machines with speech, that says a lot about the change we are undergoing. ochen Hörisch introduces us to the whole variety of hands that we encounter in literature and in the history of ideas.
Jochen Hörisch, born in 1951, was Professor of Modern German Studies and Media Analysis at the University of Mannheim. He is a member of several academies and lives near Mannheim.
Photo: Alfred Gerold / vaf-foto