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TitelNietzsche's 'Ecce Homo'
BeschreibungNietzsche's 'Ecce Homo'

A Centenary Conference at the

Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies
School of Advanced Study, University of London

27-28 November 2008


Keynote speakers include: Keith Ansell Pearson, Steven Aschheim, Paul Bishop, Lesley Chamberlain, Daniel Conway, Carol Diethe, Rüdiger Görner

Friedrich Nietzsche's intellectual autobiography 'Ecce Homo' has always been a controversial book. Nietzsche prepared it for publication just before he became incurably insane in early 1889, but his sister and literary executor, Elisabeth, held it back until after his death, and it finally appeared only in 1908. For much of the first century of its reception, 'Ecce Homo' met with a sceptical response and was viewed as merely a testament to Nietzsche's incipient madness. It occupied a tenuous position in the canon of his works, and a definitive scholarly edition was published as late as 1969. In recent decades, though, there has been increased interest in the work, especially in the English-speaking world, where R. J. Hollingdale's 1979 translation gained it a substantial new readership. Two more English translations have appeared in recent years, and another is pending.

'Ecce Homo' represents in many respects both a summation of Nietzsche's philosophical outlook and a supreme example of his stylistic strengths and weaknesses. Almost half the book is devoted to a reappraisal of his earlier works, often from a highly partial perspective. He is deliberately outrageous with the 'megalomaniacal' self-advertisement of his chapter titles, and
brazenly claims 'I am not a man, I am dynamite' as he attempts to explode one preconception after another in the Western philosophical tradition.

This centenary conference will re-assess 'Ecce Homo' from both philosophical and philological viewpoints. Papers (in English or German, max. 30 minutes) are invited on any aspect of the text and its contexts, for example its:

* genesis, composition and complex publication history
* key concepts and philosophical arguments
* historical (in)accuracy and relation to Nietzsche's earlier works
* intertexts, from the Bible to Paul Bourget
* rhetorical and narrative strategies
* hybrid generic status as literary-philosophical autobiography
* projected readership and reception by later writers
* contemporary relevance and relation to more recent philosophical developments
* theoretical interpretation (feminism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction ....)

It is anticipated that selected papers from the conference will be published.
Please submit proposals (max. 500 words) by 31 March 2008 to both of the

Professor Duncan Large (, School of Arts/German, Swansea University, Singleton Park, GB-Swansea SA2 8PP


Dr Nicholas Martin (, Department of German Studies,
University of Birmingham, Ashley Building, GB-Birmingham B15 2TT

University of London School of Advanced Study
Room ST272, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Telephone: +44 (0)20-7862 8966 Fax: +44 (0)20-7862 8672
Email: jane.lewin Website:

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Duncan Large, Nicholas Martin 
Funktion: Kontakt 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: University of London School of Advanced Study, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies 
Strasse/Postfach: Room ST272, Senate House, Malet Street 
Stadt: London WC1E 7HU 
Telefon: +44 (0)20-7862 8966 
Fax: +44 (0)20-7862 8672 
BenutzerführungDeutsch; Englisch
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur 1880 - 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Klassifikation16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914) > 16.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914) > 16.15.00 Zu einzelnen Autoren
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