Literatur und Sprache in Krisen- und Umbruchzeiten
Edited By Ernest W.B. Hess-Lüttich, Carlotta von Maltzan and Kathleen Thorpe
"Das Land, dem Meißen angehört, heißt Sachsen!" Kleist und die Entstehung des Nationalismus in 'Deutschland'
Peter Horn (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)
"Das Land, dem Meißen angehört, heißt Sachsen!"
Kleist und die Entstehung des Nationalismus in 'Deutschland'.
A German nationalism arose during the Napoleonic wars, which did not refer to a political reality, and existed only in literary texts of writers like Kleist, Fichte, Körner etc. This nationalism has more similarities with anticolonial liberation struggles of the 20th century than with the Wilhelmine nationalism of the 19th and the national-socialist version of nationalism of the 20th century. Kleist's model were the uprisings in Tyrol and Spain. The nation which Kleist imagined was not intend to conquer and rule over other countries.
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