By Brian Murdoch, Malcolm Read
The 1st quantity of the Camden condo heritage of German Literature units the scene for the advance of writing in German by means of taking a really huge view of facets of the early Germanic previous, drawing on a variety of disciplines together with archaeology, anthropology, and philology, prior to stepping into the realm of literary historical past right. the 1st half considers the entire notion of Germanic antiquity and how within which it's been approached, examines classical writings approximately Germanic origins and the earliest Germanic tribes, after which seems to be on the nice affects at the early Germanic global. the 1st of those was once the war of words with the Roman Empire (including a attention of the influence of the well-known and now certainly positioned defeat of the legions by means of Hermann); the second one was once the displacement of Germanic faith via Christianity. The gods and non secular practices of pre-Christian German are tested less than this heading. A bankruptcy on orality -- the earliest level of all literature -- presents a bridge to the earliest Germanic writings. the second one a part of the e-book is dedicated to written Germanic -- instead of German -- fabrics. hence a sequence of chapters looksfirst on the Runic inscriptions, then at Gothic, the 1st Germanic language to discover its means onto parchment in the course of the success of the Visigoth bishop Ulfilas and his Bible translation. After this, the subject turns eventually to what we now comprehend as literature, with common surveys of the 3 nice components of early Germanic literature: previous Norse, outdated English, and previous low and high German (the presentation of previous excessive German literature is built intimately, in fact, within the moment quantity of this literary history). a last bankruptcy is dedicated to the previous Saxon Heliand, very important as a cultural and literary record, yet all too frequently missed in reports of German literature, even though it used to be a great deal a part of the literature of Germany in its time.
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Alterthumskunde is, in the definition offered in Johann Christoph Adelung’s dictionary of 1810, the study and knowledge 16 of antiquities, and more precisely of Greek and Roman antiquities. The pedagogical intention that was inherent in the various -kunde subjects led in the nineteenth century to a split between -wissenschaft and -kunde subjects, which was powerfully supported by such influential works as Karl 17 Müllenhoff’s Germanische Altertumskunde. Altertumswissenschaft became the preserve of classical philology, while Altertumskunde dealt with domestic history, its investigation and dissemination.
Van den Abele (Turnhout: Brepols, 1997 = Corpus Christianorum, Cont. ). 30 Albert B. Lord, The Singer of Tales (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1960). 31 See Michael Clanchy, From Memory to Written Record, 1066–1130 (London: Arnold, 1979), 160. The Concept of Germanic Antiquity Heinrich Beck T GERMANIC ANTIQUITY (Germanische Altertumskunde), both as a concept and as a problem, is a peculiarly German affair. This is demonstrated by the fact that there is no entirely appropriate English translation of the term.
20 Boeckh, Encyclopädie, 308. 21 Grimm, Geschichte, 7. Grimm, Geschichte, 7. , Paris: J. Cherbuliez, 1877). 24 25 Schrader, Sprachvergleichung, III. Hehn, Kulturpflanzen, XX. 26 Hehn, Kulturpflanzen, XXI. 27 Hehn, Kulturpflanzen, XX. Klaus von See, “Victor Hehns Kulturtheorie,” Studi Tedeschi 33 (1990): 39–74. 28 29 See Herman Hirt, Indogermanica: Forschungen über Sprache und Geschichte Alteuropas, ed. by Helmut Arntz (Halle/Saale: Niemeyer, 1940), 42–50. 30 Johannes Hoops, Waldbäume und Kulturpflanzen im germanischen Altertum (Strasbourg: Trübner, 1905), VI.