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The Life of August Wilhelm Schlegel, Cosmopolitan of Art and Poetry

ISBN: 9781909254978 Year: Pages: 678 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0069 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: History
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"This is the first full-scale biography, in any language, of a towering figure in German and European Romanticism: August Wilhelm Schlegel whose life, 1767 to 1845, coincided with its inexorable rise. As poet, translator, critic and oriental scholar, Schlegel's extraordinarily diverse interests and writings left a vast intellectual legacy, making him a foundational figure in several branches of knowledge. He was one of the last thinkers in Europe able to practise as well as to theorise, and to attempt to comprehend the nature of culture without being forced to be a narrow specialist. With his brother Friedrich, for example, Schlegel edited the avant-garde Romantic periodical Athenaeum; and he produced with his wife Caroline a translation of Shakespeare, the first metrical version into any foreign language. Schlegel's Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature were a defining force for Coleridge and for the French Romantics. But his interests extended to French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese literature, as well to the Greek and Latin classics, and to Sanskrit. August Wilhelm Schlegel is the first attempt to engage with this totality, to combine an account of Schlegel’s life and times with a critical evaluation of his work and its influence. Through the study of one man's rich life, incorporating the most recent scholarship, theoretical approaches, and archival resources, while remaining easily accessible to all readers, Paulin has recovered the intellectual climate of Romanticism in Germany and traced its development into a still-potent international movement. The extraordinarily wide scope and variety of Schlegel's activities have hitherto acted as a barrier to literary scholars, even in Germany. In Roger Paulin, whose career has given him the knowledge and the experience to grapple with such an ambitious project, Schlegel has at last found a worthy exponent. "


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Book Series: Geschichte der klassischen Bildgattungen in Quellentexten und Kommentaren, Bd. 1 ISBN: 9783496011385 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 388 DOI: Language: German; English; Spanish; Dutch; Italian, French;
Publisher: Reimer Verlag
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Mit 43 Quellentexten von Leon Battista Alberti bis ins späte 19. Jahrhundert gibt der Band "Historienmalerei" einen umfassenden Überblick über die Theoriegeschichte dieser Gattung, welcher die führende Rolle in der Hierarchie der Bildaufgaben zugewiesen worden ist. Die Textsammlung bietet damit die Möglichkeit, bei der Deutung des einzelnen Kunstwerks und seiner historischen Stellung die kunsthistorische Debatten der unterschiedlichen Epochen zu berücksichtigen. Alle Quellentexte sind in der Originalsprache wiedergegeben sowie in deutscher Übersetzung. Die Analyse erfolgt dann in deutscher Sprache.

With 43 source texts, starting with Leon Battista Alberti and reaching out into the late 19th century, the volume "Historienmalerei" gives a comprehensive overview of the theoretical history of this genre, which has been assigned the leading role in the hierarchy of image tasks. The text collection thus offers the opportunity to take into account the art-historical debates of the different epochs when interpreting the individual artwork and its historical position. All source texts are presented in their original language and a german translation. Interpretations in German only.

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