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The Struggle with Time: The Temporalization and Politicization of Roman Antiquity in the Works of the German Romantics

Helge Jordheim

in Romans and Romantics

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199588541
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741845 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588541.003.0003

Series: Classical Presences

The Struggle with Time: The Temporalization and Politicization of Roman Antiquity in the Works of the German Romantics

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This chapter deals with the reception of Ancient Rome in the works of German Romanticism, in the broad sense, analogous to what is often called the Kunstperiode (Heine) or simply the Goethezeit (Korff). Many of these works are involved in a struggle with time, balancing nostalgia and utopianism, while at the same time manifesting what could be referred to as a quest for contemporaneity. At the centre of this quest are the novels by the German author Jean Paul, most prominently his so-called ‘heroic novel’ Titan, published between 1800 and 1804. In this novel, the hero, count Albano, travels to Rome, but instead of following in the footsteps of his predecessors Goethe and Herder, who immersed themselves in nostalgic feelings of past greatness, the experience of Ancient Rome is translated into a decision to go to France and join the revolutionary army.

Keywords: Count Albano; French Revolution; Goethe; Herder; Korff; nostalgia; Jean Paul; politicization; temporalization; Titan

Chapter.  8398 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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