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German Studies

John L. Flood

in A Century of British Medieval Studies

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263952
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734083 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263952.003.0018

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

German Studies

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This chapter examines British scholarship with respect to German studies during the twentieth century. It explains that until 1925 the only work of modern German literature studied for the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos at Cambridge was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust. It also highlights the danger that medieval German studies may face an increasingly bleak future in British universities, where not only the larger subject of German studies itself has changed but consumerist philosophies and appeals to modernity have undermined traditional values.

Keywords: German studies; British scholarship; German literature; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Faust; medieval studies; consumerist philosophies; modernity

Chapter.  15666 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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