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The Rhine: National Tensions, Romantic Visions By Manfred Beller

The Rhine: National Tensions, Romantic Visions

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This volume presents documents and analyses, from various specialisms and perspectives, the cultural, political and national investments and appropriations of the Rhine, from Byron to Lucien Febvre, and from tourism to war propaganda. It includes a comprehensive anthology of original Rhine-related texts (historical, poetical and polemical).

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The Rhine: National Tensions, Romantic Visions by Manfred Beller

Of all European landscapes and regions, the Rhine is one of the most heavily overlaid with cultural and political meaning. Cradle of Romanticism, tourism, and the picturesque, bone of contention between the German and French spheres of cultural and geopolitical influence, the Rhine has attracted armies, artists, activists and tourists for centuries and has featured prominently the key writings of Europe's literary and intellectual history from Byron to Lucien Febvre. This volume brings together eminent literary and cultural historians to present materials and analyses from various of the central nexus of European culture. The volume also contains a unique and comprehensive anthology of key texts (historical, poetical and polemical) related to the Rhineland and its contested position. Contributors are: Reinhard Baumann, Manfred Beller, Hans-Werner Breunig, Giovanna Cermelli, Joep Leerssen, Elmar Scheuren, Helmut J. Schneider, and Waldemar Zacharasiewicz.

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About Manfred Beller

Manfred Beller was Professor of German Language and Literature at the Italian Universities of Pavia, Messina, and Bergamo. He has published widely on German and Comparative Literature in the fields of Thematology and Imagology, including Eingebildete Nationalcharaktere. Vortrage und Aufsatze zur literarischen Imagologie (Goettingen, 2006) and Imagology. The cultural construction and literary representation of national characters. A critical survey, ed. by M. Beller and J. Leerssen (Amsterdam - New York, 2007). Joep Leerssen is Professor of Modern European Literature at the University of Amsterdam. His work deals with stereotypes of national character (Imagology, ed. w. Manfred Beller, 2007;, romantic historicism, and the transnational history of cultural nationalism (National thought in Europe, 3rd ed., Amsterdam, 2010). He is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (; book edn. Amsterdam 2018).

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Rhine, Europe's Frontier, Europe's Dreamland: Transnational Destination, Inspiration, Disputation Part 1: Case Studies in Geopolitics, Romanticism and Travel 1 Victor Hugo's Le Rhin: French National Perspectives on a European River Manfred Beller 2 The Symbolical and Political Investment of the Rhine: A Dutch Perspective Joep Leerssen 3 Italian Travellers in the Rhineland in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century Giovanna Cermelli 4 English Middle-Rhine Tourism in Late-eighteenth and Nineteenth-century Literature Hans Werner Breunig 5 North American Travellers in the Rhine Valley: Revisions of Their Perspectives on the Landscape and on Sites of Memory in the Contested Region Waldemar Zacharasiewicz 6 Goethe's Art Travels in the Rhine Regions 1814-1817 and His Concept of Decentralized Collections Helmut J. Schneider 7 Restored Future: A Panorama of the Castles, Churches and Monuments on the Confluence of Rhine and Nahe Manfred Beller 8 The Rhine as a Symbol: Aspects, Meanings and Functionalization of a Memory Landscape Elmar Scheuren 9 The Walhalla: Bavarian Integration Monument, Germanic Hall of Fame, Expression of European Patronage Reinhard Baumann Part 2: A History of Appropriations 10 From the Meuse to the Rhine: A Disputed Region in French and German Atlases and Encyclopaedias Manfred Beller 11 The Never-ending Stream: Cultural Mobilization over the Rhine Joep Leerssen 12 Literary Appropriations of the Rhine: A German-French Repertory, 1814-1925

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The Rhine: National Tensions, Romantic Visions by Manfred Beller
Manfred Beller
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