By Maike Oergel
This interdisciplinary examine examines the effect of the rising expertise of historicity at the ideas of modernity, id, and tradition as they constructed in German inspiration round 1800. It indicates how thisawareness made up our minds the German idea of the concern of cultural identification. Key texts from Sturm und Drang, WeimarClassicism, German Romanticism andGerman Idealism, together with Goethe’s Faust I and Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, are contextualised in terms of post-Enlightenment debates on historicity and modernity. The research strains the amendment of the Enlightenment ideas of perfectibility and common beliefs to deal with the hot suggestion of temporal particularity and impermanence. this can be completed by way of embedding those as soon as static options in a ancient technique that's powered via a self-prompting inner dialectic. via man made absorption in the ancient succession the dialectical method allowsfor the continuity of values, whereas leaving room for discontinuity and distinction by means of counting on oppositional successions. The research finds shut connections among the highbrow issues, the literary goals, and the endeavours to build a latest German id in this interval, whichsuggests a miles larger highbrow coherence of the Goethezeit regardingintellectual demanding situations and goals than has been formerly assumed.
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Culture and Identity: Historicity in German Literature and Thought 1770-1815 by Maike Oergel