The most prolific historian of early modern German literature in the twentieth century, Klaus Garber has largely remained unknown to English-language scholars. The seven essays selected here are translated into English for the first time and represent the ’essence’ of Garber’s work. Central to Garber’s outlook is a break with the traditional canonization of culture into national categories. Moreover, he argues that literary history consists not only of intellectual history, but also political and social history. As he states in his preface to this volume: ’To bring Old Europe to life in all the variety of its cultural landscapes; to hear across space and time the voices that praised this multiplicity as a valuable possession; to be inspired by the past to respond to our own needs - these tasks constitute the noblest goal of early modern literary studies today.’
'Reinhart's book is a skillfully edited work with provocative and wide-ranging meditations on early modern literature. It will inspire scholarship across disciplines and contribute substantially to the study of the early modern period.' German Studies Review
Contents: Editor's Introduction; Prophecy, love and law: visions of peace from Isaiah to Kant (and beyond); ’Your arts shall be: to impose the ways of peace’ - tolerance, liberty, and the nation in the literature and deeds of Humanism; The republic of letters and the absolutist state: nine theses; Paris, capital of European late Humanism: Jacques Auguste de Thou and the Cabinet Dupuy; Utopia and the green world: critique and anticipation in pastoral poetry; Nuremberg, Arcadia on the Pegnitz: the self-stylization of an urban sodality; Begin with Goethe? Forgotten traditions at the threshold of the modern age; Bibliographical note on the essays; About the translators; Index.