Imperiled Heritage: Tradition, History and Utopia in Early Modern German Literature: Selected Essays by Klaus Garber, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Imperiled Heritage: Tradition, History and Utopia in Early Modern German Literature

Selected Essays by Klaus Garber, 1st Edition

Edited by Max Reinhart


304 pages

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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

Table of Contents

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.

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Studies in European Cultural Transition

Studies in European Cultural Transition
The European dimension of research in the humanities has come into sharp focus over recent years, producing scholarship which ranges across disciplines and national boundaries. Until now there has been no major channel for such work. This series aims to provide one, and to unite the fields of cultural studies and traditional scholarship. It will publish the most exciting new writing in areas such as European history and literature, art history, archaeology, language and translation studies, political, cultural and gay studies, music, psychology, sociology and philosophy. The emphasis will be explicitly European and interdisciplinary, concentrating attention on the relativity of cultural perspectives, with a particular interest in issues of cultural transition.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature