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The Longing for Myth in Germany : Culture, Religion and Politics from Romanticism to Nietzsche - George S. Williamson

The Longing for Myth in Germany

Culture, Religion and Politics from Romanticism to Nietzsche

Paperback Published: 6th July 2004
ISBN: 9780226899466
Number Of Pages: 376

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Since the dawn of Romanticism, artists and intellectuals in Germany have maintained an abiding interest in the gods and myths of antiquity while calling for a new mythology suitable to the modern age. In this study, George S. Williamson examines the factors that gave rise to this distinct and profound longing for myth. In doing so, he demonstrates the entanglement of aesthetic and philosophical ambitions in Germany with some of the major religious conflicts of the nineteenth century.

Through readings of key intellectuals ranging from Herder and Schelling to Wagner and Nietzsche, Williamson highlights three crucial factors in the emergence of the German engagement with myth: the tradition of Philhellenist neohumanism, a critique of contemporary aesthetic and public life as dominated by private interests, and a rejection of the Bible by many Protestant scholars as the product of a foreign, "Oriental" culture. According to Williamson, the discourse on myth in Germany remained bound up with problems of Protestant theology and confessional conflict through the nineteenth century and beyond.

A compelling adventure in intellectual history, this study uncovers the foundations of Germany's fascination with myth and its enduring cultural legacy.

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Theophany and Revolution: The Romantics Turn to Myth
The Construction of a National Mythology: The Romantic and Vormärz Eras
Olympus under Siege: Creuzer's Symbolik and The Politics of the Restoration
From Scriptual Revelation to Messianic Myth: The Bible in Vormärz
Richard Wagner and Revolutionary Humanism
Myth and Monotheism in the Unification Era, 1850-1880 Nietzsche's Kulturkampf
Epilogue
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226899466
ISBN-10: 0226899462
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 6th July 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 2