The South in the German Imaginary: The Italian Journeys of Goethe and Heine by Lukas BauerThe South in the German Imaginary: The Italian Journeys of Goethe and Heine by Lukas Bauer

The South in the German Imaginary: The Italian Journeys of Goethe and Heine

byLukas Bauer

Paperback | April 29, 2015

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The division between North and South in Europe represents a geographical as well as a cultural boundary that has influenced the way many European nations think about their history and identity. This divide is particularly prominent in the cultural dialogue between Germany and Italy and has played an important role in the construction of German identity. This study explores German representations of Italy in the early nineteenth century by examining the Italian travel writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Heinrich Heine. It analyses Goethe’s Italienische Reise and Heine’s Italian Reisebilder and focuses on the negotiation of cultural identity through representations of the North-South divide.
The book compares Goethe’s complex attitudes towards Germany during this period with Heine’s wrestling with his place in German culture, as seen through their depictions of Italy. Goethe pointed to the classical heritage of Greek antiquity as the source not only of Italian, but also of German, cultural traditions and therefore as an essential element of German identity. Heine called into question Goethe’s experience of Italy and instead used his travels to reveal the instability of German identity and the changing nature of the European community. By investigating the travel narratives of Goethe and Heine, this study reveals the influences of historical and political change on perspectives on the South in Germany.
Lukas Bauer is an Honorary Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Wollongong. He received his PhD in German Literature from the University of Wollongong in 2014.
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Title:The South in the German Imaginary: The Italian Journeys of Goethe and HeineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:April 29, 2015Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034319207

ISBN - 13:9783034319201

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Contents: The Cultural Dialogue between North and South – Duty and Pleasure in Goethe’s Journeys to Rome and Naples – New Avenues for Imagining German Superiority – Re-Imagining Italy in Heine’s Reisebilder.