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The Emergence of German as a Literary Language 1700–1775

The Emergence of German as a Literary Language 1700–1775

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  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107600744

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  • Originally published in 1959, Dr Blackall's book cuts across the usual distinction between 'literature' and 'linguistics' in the study of modern languages. The importance of Dr Blackall's remarkable study is that one is shown both sides in this interplay in convincing detail. The study will be of interest to any student of Herman literature or history. It sheds light on the eighteenth century and the general movement from seventeenth-century language to ease, pliability and grace, and then to the tremendous literary achievement of the age of Goethe. Dr Blackall starts with the provincialism and confusion of German in the early eighteenth century. He examines in detail the arguments of critics, philosophers and poets who attempted to establish new standards. He discusses the principal works of literature from this special point of view. He ends with the young Goethe, the required genius who confirmed and magnificently exceeded the careful advances of his predecessors.

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    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107600744
    • length: 552 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Textual notes
    List of abbreviations
    1. The vindication of the language
    2. The language of philosophy
    3. The literary journals
    4. The stabilisation of the language
    5. The theory of the prose style
    6. The development of narrative prose
    7. The language of poetry
    8. The development of the poetical medium
    9. The revival of metaphor
    10. The grand manner
    11. The prose of maturity
    12. The culture of wit and feeling
    13. The mystical approach
    14. The return to origins
    15. The golden touch
    General index
    Index to secondary literature.

  • Author

    Eric A. Blackall

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