Placing Modern Greece: The Dynamics of Romantic Hellenism, 1770-1840

Hardcover | July 2, 2008

byConstanze Guthenke

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Placing Modern Greece is about literary representations of Greece in the period of Romanticism, encompassing the time in the 1820s when it became a territorial and political reality as a nation state. Constanze Guthenke claims that the imagining of and attitude towards Greece was shaped by afascination with the material, and by the highly conceptualized tension between the ideal on the one hand, and the material on the other. Her study focuses on nature and landscape imagery as vehicles of representation, on their specific inner workings, and on their dynamic, which conditions how andwhether Greece as a modern entity in the making can be represented at all. Offering readings from German and contemporaneous Greek authors, Guthenke supplies a commentary on the translation and crossings of representational models and their limits.

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Placing Modern Greece is about literary representations of Greece in the period of Romanticism, encompassing the time in the 1820s when it became a territorial and political reality as a nation state. Constanze Guthenke claims that the imagining of and attitude towards Greece was shaped by afascination with the material, and by the hi...

Constanze Guthenke is Assistant Professor of Classics and Hellenic Studies, Princeton University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:July 2, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199231850

ISBN - 13:9780199231850

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Realizing the Ideal1. The Form of Greek Landscape2. `I love it all around, this land of Greece. It has the colour of my heart': The Greek Landscape of the German Soul before 18213. Nature in Arms: German Philhellenism, its Literature, and the Greek War of Independence4. The Ambivalence of Nature: Poetry for the Greek State5. Between Idyll and Abyss: The Greek Land, As Seen from the Ionian IslandsEpilogue