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A History of Histories of German Literature



Michael S. Batts

The various histories of German literature are not only general presentations of the research carried out, they have an existence of their own. They arose at the same time as literary research, but developed independently, at times in opposition to research.
It is the author's endeavour to trace these histories up to the first large, comprehensive work (Gervinus).
Contents: From the Middle Ages to the middle of the 18th century - The critical decade 1780-90 - Writings of the turn of the century and the Wars of liberation - The state of the art in the 1830s.