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Germany (1832–5): ‘la rêveuse, la poétique, la mélancolique Allemagne’<sup>1</sup>

Wendy S. Mercer

in The Life and Travels of Xavier Marmier (1808-1892)

Published by British Academy

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263884
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734830 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263884.003.0003

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Germany (1832–5): ‘la rêveuse, la poétique, la mélancolique Allemagne’1

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Marmier spent some two years in the German-speaking world, with Leipzig as his base, returning only briefly to France in the intervening period. Immersing himself in the language and culture of these countries, Marmier met a number of the great literary figures of the day including Tieck, Schwab, Uhland, the brothers Grimm, Chamisso, Holtei, and many others. The publications resulting from his work here established his reputation as an exceptional linguist, travel writer, literary critic, and translator. However, it was Marmier's work on Goethe which really sealed his reputation as a literary critic in France. In retrospect, this chapter argues that he must be viewed as the most influential figure in Franco-German literary relations of the era.

Keywords: Germany; Leipzig; Marmier; travel writer; France; Franco-German literary; Goethe

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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