We continue from part one on Schlegel's "Dialogue on Poesy" (1799) and "Concerning the Essence of Critique" (1804).
How can Romantic art always aim at some common source of our humanity yet also require originality? How can having some sort of common mythology help artists be original in this way, and how can we embrace mythology as modern people?
We try to figure out this "Speech on Mythology" by a character named Ludoviko in Schlegel's dialogue: The mythology is supposed to have something to do with the Transcendental Idealism of Fichte and Schelling, how these systems create reality out of the mind.
We also talk more about irony and its uses in art and connections to philosophy (and mythology).
In Part 3, Mark and Wes spend more time with Schlegel's fragments. For ep. 321, we'll read an excerpted portion (from the same collection we used for this episode) of A.W. Schlegel's Theory of Art (1803).