The Italian Journeys of Goethe and Heine
The book compares Goethe’s complex attitudes towards Germany during this period with Heine’s wrestling with his place in German culture, as seen through their depictions of Italy. Goethe pointed to the classical heritage of Greek antiquity as the source not only of Italian, but also of German, cultural traditions and therefore as an essential element of German identity. Heine called into question Goethe’s experience of Italy and instead used his travels to reveal the instability of German identity and the changing nature of the European community. By investigating the travel narratives of Goethe and Heine, this study reveals the influences of historical and political change on perspectives on the South in Germany.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Goethes Werke. Elibron Classics. Vol. 10. Boston: Adamant, 2006. (IR)
——. Sämtliche Werke. Briefe, Tagebücher und Gespräche. Ed. Borchmeyer, Dieter et al. 40 vols. Frankfurt am Main: Deutscher Klassiker Verlag, 1985–. (FA)
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