By Maike Oergel

This interdisciplinary research examines the impression of the rising information of historicity at the strategies of modernity, identification, and tradition as they constructed in German inspiration round 1800. It exhibits how thisawareness decided the German idea of the concern of cultural id. Key texts from Sturm und Drang, WeimarClassicism, German Romanticism andGerman Idealism, together with Goethe’s Faust I and Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, are contextualised relating to post-Enlightenment debates on historicity and modernity. The learn lines the amendment of the Enlightenment suggestions of perfectibility and common beliefs to deal with the hot idea of temporal particularity and impermanence. this can be completed through embedding those as soon as static thoughts in a ancient approach that's powered via a self-prompting inner dialectic. via artificial absorption in the ancient succession the dialectical method allowsfor the continuity of values, whereas leaving room for discontinuity and distinction via counting on oppositional successions. The examine finds shut connections among the highbrow issues, the literary goals, and the endeavours to build a contemporary German id in this interval, whichsuggests a much larger highbrow coherence of the Goethezeit regardingintellectual demanding situations and ambitions than has been formerly assumed.

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