Monatshefte, Vol. 107, No. 3, 2015 einer Fulle von Themen, die den geschichtlichen Wandel uberdauern, von einem ¨ ¨ Grundbestand an Fragen, die mit dem Menschsein uberhaupt zu tun haben, die von ¨ anthropologischer Bedeutung sind" (12). Literary texts are more than just documents or historical sources, "[sie] gewinnen vielfach daruber hinaus auch die Qualitat von ¨ ¨ Monumenten, von Werken, die die Menschen uber allen Wandel der Verhaltnisse ¨ ¨ hinweg immer wieder neu anzusprechen und zu erreichen vermogen" (12). Ironically, ¨ this idea of the work as a historically grounded yet transcendental expression of the human spirit is itself a relic of nineteenth-century literary history. Such a conception of literary production does not simply have to contend with the fact that nineteenthcentury Germany is often viewed (quite wrongly, as nineteenth-centurists are quick to remind us) as a fallow, epigonal period with a comparative dearth of "great" works; more importantly, such a conception of the literary work neglects a wide range of nineteenth-century experimentation with entirely unmonumental forms such as the feuilleton, travel letters, serialized prose narrative, literary criticism, occasional essays and criticism, and more, all of which are geared more to the contemporary, the ephemeral, to
Monatshefte – University of Wisconsin Press
Published: Oct 23, 2015
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