Kosegarten's Cultural Legacy: Aesthetics, Religion, Literature, Art, and Music

Kosegarten's Cultural Legacy: Aesthetics, Religion, Literature, Art, and Music

by Lewis M. Holmes
     
 

Ludwig Gotthard (Theobul) Kosegarten (1758-1818), whose books were burned by German nationalists in 1817, has for many years been seen as a pariah figure by German literary scholars. Only recently has his influence on cultural icons such as the composer Franz Schubert and the painter Caspar David Friedrich become more clearly defined. This companion volume to Lewis

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Overview

Ludwig Gotthard (Theobul) Kosegarten (1758-1818), whose books were burned by German nationalists in 1817, has for many years been seen as a pariah figure by German literary scholars. Only recently has his influence on cultural icons such as the composer Franz Schubert and the painter Caspar David Friedrich become more clearly defined. This companion volume to Lewis M. Holmes’s Kosegarten: The Turbulent Life and Times of a Northern German Poet (Peter Lang, 2004) explores Kosegarten’s contributions to aesthetics, theology, and literature, as well as the broad reception of his works by other writers, artists, and musicians. Extensive historical and cultural contextualization make Kosegarten’s Cultural Legacy a valuable resource for university-level courses, especially in the areas of music, art, religion, and literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820479248
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/11/2005
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
62.50(w) x 90.00(h) x 7.50(d)

Meet the Author

The Author: With an M.A. in European literature from the University of East Anglia and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University, Lewis M. Holmes has degrees in both the sciences and the humanities. His professional experience is in the areas of research, editing, and teaching in Europe and the United States. The author of over forty research papers and numerous magazine articles, his biographical study, Kosegarten: The Turbulent Life and Times of a Northern German Poet, was published by Peter Lang in 2004. Currently, Dr. Holmes is an independent scholar of German history and literature and is informally associated with the Department of German and Russian at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Beauty in nature3
Ch. 2Nature in religion15
Ch. 3The writer in context39
Ch. 4The importance of place : three Rugen settings57
Ch. 5The sublime and the religious : reflections of Kant in "The worshiper on Arkona"71
Ch. 6'Legende' oder 'Lugende'? : on the chequered reception of Kosegarten's folk sagas of the early Christian era91
Ch. 7The poet as art connoisseur115
Ch. 8Caspar David Friedrich121
Ch. 9Philipp Otto Runge137
Ch. 10Music performance and appreciation153
Ch. 11Musical settings in context161
Ch. 12The role of song composition in the emergence of German romanticism as reflected in the musical settings of Kosegarten's poetry171
Music app. : settings of Kosegarten's poems185

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