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Komparative Ästhetik(en)

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Edited By Ernest W.B. Hess-Lüttich, Meher Bhoot and Vibha Surana

Dieses Buch zu Komparatistischen Studien im Bezirk von Ästhetik, Text- und Kulturwissenschaften widmet sich im Rahmen der interkulturellen Germanistik den Beziehungen nicht nur zwischen Literaturen, sondern auch zwischen anderen Künsten (Malerei, Bildhauerei, Musik, Film, TV) oder zwischen Gattungen (Drama, Prosa, Lyrik, Oper, Tanz, TV-Formate, Blogs), zwischen ‚alten‘ und ‚neuen‘ Medien (Buch/Hörbuch, Literatur/Film, Roman/Drehbuch, Fantasy Genres/Computer Games). Der ästhetische Erkenntnisgewinn lässt sich aus komparatistischer Perspektive noch erweitern, wenn germanistische Ansätze in Afrika, Amerika, Asien, Australien zur Analyse künstlerischen Schaffens in Sprache, Literatur, Medien in Bezug gesetzt werden mit dem Ziel der Entwicklung einer Pluralität von Perspektiven auf Gegenstände ‚Komparativer Ästhetik(en)‘.

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"…und genießen dann in vollen Zügen das orientalische Leben":. Zur Ästhetik des Reisens am Beispiel von Meyers Reisebücher Ägypten von 1909 (Joachim Warmbold)

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Joachim Warmbold (Tel Aviv)

"…und genießen dann in vollen Zügen das orientalische Leben":

Zur Ästhetik des Reisens am Beispiel von Meyers Reisebücher Ägypten von 1909

With the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, Egypt also opened up to modern forms of tourism. While in the past the famed sights along the Nile had been visited almost exclusively by wealthy individuals and invading armies, now a new type of traveller was arriving: the group tourist, eager to experience 'the Orient', see its main attractions, and enjoy all the comfort and luxury Egypt had to offer, yet be spared any inconvenience or unpleasant surprises. Thanks to the expertise of Messrs. Thomas Cook & Son, a visit to the pyramids, a cruise on the Nile, even an extended stay of several weeks or months became financially feasible – much to the disdain of old-fashioned travellers who felt only repulsion and contempt for 'Cookies' on pleasure trips.

Meyers Reisebücher Ägypten, a detailed travel guide for the German-speaking tourist to Egypt, first published in 1877 and reissued in 1909 in a completely revised and updated 5th edition, offers a unique glimpse into the world of travel to Egypt at the beginning of the 20th century. Recommendations abound – from the best shipping services to the most suitable accommodation, from tipping requirements to appropriate dress code –, as do meticulously described sights and scenes, often enhanced by maps and precise instructions on how to enjoy their...

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