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German Literary Studies and the Nation

dc.contributor.author Norberg, J
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-28T18:08:15Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-28T18:08:15Z
dc.date.issued 2018-12-01
dc.identifier.issn 0016-8831
dc.identifier.issn 1756-1183
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/21088
dc.description.abstract © 2018, American Association of Teachers of German This paper argues that German literary studies was, from its inception, an entirely nationalist and nation-building endeavor, perhaps the quintessential nationalist project. Among the discipline's foundational premises are its belief in and commitment to a diversity of culturally individuated national communities (rather than one uniform humanity), a non-hierarchical plurality of vernaculars (rather than classical languages), and historically inflected and culturally expressive aesthetic forms (rather than transhistorically and transregionally valid templates of excellence). Three disciplinary activities of early Germanistik—Germanic historical linguistics, vernacular canon formation, and national literary history—are introduced as key instruments of nationalization. In conclusion, the paper claims that contemporary German Studies in the US, thankfully a reflective and critical enterprise, nonetheless remains institutionally completely dependent on the paradigm of the linguistically and culturally defined nation.
dc.language en
dc.publisher Wiley
dc.relation.ispartof German Quarterly
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1111/gequ.12055
dc.title German Literary Studies and the Nation
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Norberg, J|0487400
dc.date.updated 2020-06-28T18:08:13Z
pubs.begin-page 1
pubs.end-page 17
pubs.issue 1
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group German Studies
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 91


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