Fugitive Objects

Cloth Text – $80.00

ISBN 978-0-8101-2967-2

Paper Text – $39.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-2934-4
Publication Date
December 2013
Page Count
264 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Fugitive Objects

Sculpture and Literature in the German Nineteenth Century
Catriona MacLeod

In Fugitive Objects, Catriona MacLeod examines the question of why sculpture is both intensively discussed and yet rendered immaterial in German literature. She focuses on three forms of disappearance: sculpture’s vanishing as a legitimate art form at the beginning of the nineteenth century in German aesthetics, statues’ migration from the domain of high art into mass reproduction and popular culture, and sculpture’s dislodging and relocation into literary discourse. Through original readings of Clemens Brentano, Achim von Arnim, Adalbert Stifter, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, and others, MacLeod reveals that if sculpture has disappeared from much of nineteenth-century German literature and aesthetics, it is a vanishing act that paradoxically relocates the statue back onto another cultural pedestal, attesting to the powerful force of the medium.
About the Author

Catriona MacLeod is a professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania.


"Fugitive Objects... unlike many other scholarly works, also tells an exciting story, full of suspense, which at times makes the book a genuine page-turner." --College Art Association Reviews