Ulrich Horstmann

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Ulrich Horstmann (pseudonym: Klaus Steintal), born (1949-05-31) May 31, 1949 (age 64) in Bünde, is a German literary scholar and writer.

Ulrich Horstmann finished his studies of English and Philosophy in 1974 with a doctoral thesis on Edgar Allan Poe. He was a lecturer at the University of South Africa in Pretoria. After habilitation in 1983 he lectured at the University of Münster until 1987. Since 1991 he has been a professor of English and American literature at the University of Giessen. He lives in Marburg/Lahn.

Since 1976 Ulrich Horstmann has published, alongside scientific work, essays, novels and plays of his own, as well as translations from English. In 1983 he became known for his treatise The Beast, in which he promoted a philosophical position which was diametrically opposed to the peace movement Zeitgeist of those years: He advocated a philosophy of "escape of mankind" which aims for an early self-destruction of the human race by means of the accumulated nuclear weapons found in arsenals around the world. He pushed the pessimism and misanthropy of his mentor Schopenhauer to the extreme. It has been proved by the author's subsequent publications which are written with an attitude of nihilism and extreme distaste for the world, that The Beast was in no way, as suspected by some critics, a particularly bitter satire.

Ulrich Horstmann is a member of PEN Germany and received the Kleist Prize in 1988 after being nominated by Günter Kunert.

Thought[edit]

Horstmann puts forth the theory that mankind has been pre-programmed to eliminate itself in the course of history—and also all its memory of itself—through war (thermonuclear, genetic, biological), genocide, destruction of its sustaining environment, etc.

Die Geschichte des Untiers ist erfüllt, und in Demut harrt es des doppelten Todes — der physischen Vernichtung und des Auslöschens der Erinnerung an sich selbst.



The history of the Beast is fulfilled, and in humility it awaits a double death — the physical annihilation and the obliteration of the recollection to itself.
Das Untier (The Beast)

Works[edit]

  • Ansätze zu einer technomorphen Theorie der Dichtung bei Edgar Allan Poe, Bern 1975. ISBN 3-261-01741-4 (Approaches to a technomorph theory of Edgar Allan Poe's poetry)
  • Er starb aus freiem Entschluß- Ein Schriftwechsel mit Nekropolis, Obertshausen 1976 (under the name Klaus Steintal) (He died from a free decision - a correspondence with necropolis)
  • Wordcadavericon, oder small thermonuclear Versschule for anybody, Cologne 1977. ISBN 3-88097-052-1 (Wordcadavericon or small thermonuclear verse school for everyone)
  • Nachgedichte Miniaturen aus der Menschenleere, Essen 1980 (After poems, Miniatures from the human emptiness)
  • Steintals Vandalenpark Erzählung. Siegen 1981. ISBN 3-922524-04-4 (Steintal's vandal park. Narrative)
  • Terrarium oder Einführung in die Menschenhaltung . Munich 1981 (Terrarium or introduction into the keeping of humans. Stage manuscript)
  • Ästhetizismus und Dekadenz. Zum Paradigmakonflikt in der englischen Literaturtheorie des späten 19. Jahrhunderts. Munich 1983. ISBN 3-7705-2098-X (Aestheticism and decadence. About paradigm conflict in the English theory of literature of the late 19th century)
  • Parakritik und Dekonstruktion . Paradise criticism and deconstruction. An introduction to the American post. Würzburg 1983. ISBN 3-88479-131-1
  • The Beast (Das Untier). Contours of a philosophy of human flight. Vienna [including] 1983. ISBN 3-88602-075-4 (reprint Warendorf 2004. ISBN 3-936345-47-3)
  • Brain Stroke (Hirnschlag), Aphorisms, Abtestate, Berserkasmen. Göttingen 1984. ISBN 3-88694-501-4
  • Silo, A lesson in brood care. (Stage manuscript) Göttingen 1984
  • The Donor (Der Spender), A comedy for Empfängnisbereite. (Stage manuscript) Munich 1984
  • The Fortunes of OmB'assa, fantastic novel (Das Glück von OmB'assa, Phantastischer Roman), Frankfurt am Main 1985. ISBN 3-518-37588-1
  • The Long Shadow of Melancholy (Der lange Schatten der Melancholie), Essay on a angeschwärztes feeling. Essen 1985. ISBN 3-924368-24-4
  • Ufo oder Der dritte Stand . Eine leicht versandete Komödie. UFO, or the third. Comedy A slightly silted. (Stage manuscript) Munich 1987
  • Schwedentrunk . Sweden draft. Gedichte. Poems. Frankfurt am Main 1989. ISBN 3-596-22362-8
  • Patzer . Patzer. Roman. Zurich 1990. ISBN 3-251-00165-5
  • Ansichten vom großen Umsonst . Views from large Zilch. Essays. Gütersloh 1991. ISBN 3-579-01114-6
  • Ich kaufe ein Gedankenlos . I buy a Gedankenlos. Aphorismen. Aphorisms. Hamburg 1993
  • Infernodrom . Infernodrom. Programm-Mitschnitte aus dreizehn Jahren. Programm-Mitschnitte thirteen years. Paderborn 1994. ISBN 3-927104-82-5
  • Altstadt mit Skins . Old Town with skins. Gedichte. Poems. Paderborn 1995. ISBN 3-927104-96-5
  • Conservatory (Konservatorium), Stories about short or long. Paderborn 1995. ISBN 3-89621-017-3
  • Summon Shadow Realm (Beschwörung Schattenreich), Collected plays and radio plays 1978 until 1990, with an essay about the art, to go to hell. Paderborn 1996. ISBN 3-89621-036-X
  • Gateway (Einfallstor), New aphorisms. Oldenburg 1998. ISBN 3-89621-065-3
  • Jeffers-Meditationen oder Die Poesie als Abwendungskunst . Jeffers-Meditationen or averting The poetry as art. Heidelberg 1998. ISBN 3-930978-10-5
  • Abdrift . Drift. Neue Essays. New essays. Oldenburg 2000. ISBN 3-89621-103-X
  • Göttinnen, leicht verderblich . Goddesses, easily perishable. Gedichte. Poems. Oldenburg 2000. ISBN 3-89621-106-4
  • J . Ein Halbweltroman. J. A half-Roman World. Oldenburg 2002. ISBN 3-89621-138-2
  • Ausgewiesene Experten . Expelled experts. Kunstfeindschaft in der Literaturtheorie des 20. Art hostility in the literary theory of 20th Jahrhunderts. Century. Frankfurt am Main [including] 2003. ISBN 3-631-50887-5
  • Picknick am Schlagfluß . Picnic on strike river. Poems. Oldenburg, 2005. ISBN 3-89621-204-4

As editor[edit]

Translations[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Burkhard Biella: Zur Kritik des anthropofugalen Denkens, Essen 1986. ISBN 3-89206-108-4
  • Rajan Autze / Frank Müller: Steintal-Geschichten. Auskünfte zu Ulrich Horstmann. Oldenburg 2000. ISBN 3-89621-111-0

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This article incorporates information from the revision as of 25 November 2007 of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.