Eleonore De Felip

University of Innsbruck, Research Institute Brenner-Archiv

Email eleonore.defelip[at]uibk.ac.at
Website https://www.uibk.ac.at/brenner-archiv/mitarbeiter/defelip.html
Project Name Lyrical Intensity
Publication Page https://www.uibk.ac.at/brenner-archiv/mitarbeiter/defelip.html
Field of research Theories of Intensity, Theories of the Lyric, German Literature from the 19th to the 21th Century, Literary Animal Studies
Keywords Lyrical Intensity | Theories of Intensity | Sensory-Processing Sensitivity | Friedrich Hölderlin | Georg Trakl | Paul Celan | Friederike Mayröcker | Gilles Deleuze | Jacques Derrida

The Importance of Being Intensive


What is my research about?

The goal of my research project is to formulate a theory of lyrical intensity. Beginning from the ‘invention’ of intensity in the 18th century as a metaphor for qualities that withstand dichotomous descriptions (e.g. perceptions or emotions rising and falling), I proceed to philosophical and psychological explanatory models of intensity. Based on those insights my analysis focuses on selected poems of four so-called ‘hermetic’ authors (Hölderlin, Trakl, Celan, Mayröcker) in order to phrase a nuanced theory of intensity.

What empowers me?

Two things empower me: first my firm belief that it is never too late to take a new path, to discover the world’s (and one’s own) possibilities, to give one’s own specific and unique contribution to life. The second thing which supports and encourages me most is this ER-community. It is here, among sisters who are in similar situations, that I feel supported in the otherwise often unsupportive academic world.


What is my vision for society?

Being intellectually and/or emotionally intensive is one of many facets of being highly sensitive and, in most cases, being highly gifted. This trait can be found in many artists, unconventional thinkers, and researchers. Intensity embraces a broad spectrum of unusually deep reactions to the world’s phenomena. My vision is a society where the contributions based on emotional, intellectual or perceptional intensities are seen as essential for the world’s development towards a future open for diversity, acts of amends, reconciliation and thoughtfulness.