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Byron and Marginality$
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Norbert Lennartz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439411

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439411.001.0001

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Byron and Weltliteratur

Byron and Weltliteratur

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(p.19) Chapter 2 Byron and Weltliteratur
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Byron and Marginality
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Nicholas Halmi

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439411.003.0002

The ageing Goethe was fascinated with Byron whom he called the greatest poetic talent. Though suspicious of Byron’s Philhellenism, Goethe found in Byron an openness to encounter non-English cultures, an attentiveness to national histories and in interest in the relationship of the individual to social life. Byron’s self-contextualising, self-historicising narrative poems constitute a parallel to Goethe’s own literary campaigns for cross-cultural engagement in the 1810s and 1820s and, despite Byron’s alienation from England, offer hope for the prospects of what Goethe was to call “world literature”.

Keywords:   German Romanticism, World literature (Weltliteratur), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Philhellenism, Euphorion

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