"The Rhine: National tensions, Romantic visions" now out

Joep Leerssen

Edited by Manfred Beller and Joep Leerssen, and the fruit of a series of SPIN workshops, the book has appeared in Brill’s European Studies series. One of the first English-langage historical surveys of the transnational, especially German-French entanglements and confrontations over this European geographical and cultural core region, brings together eminent literary and cultural specialists and present materials and analyses from various perspectives – literature, tourism, heritage, geopolitics.

Of all European landscapes and regions, the Rhine is one of the most heavily overlaid with cultural and political meaning. Cradle of Romanticism, tourism, and the picturesque, bone of contention between the German and French spheres of cultural and geopolitical influence, the Rhine has attracted armies, artists, activists and tourists for centuries and has featured prominently the key writings of Europe’s literary and intellectual history from Byron to Lucien Febvre.

The volume also contains a unique and comprehensive anthology of key texts (historical, poetical and polemical) related to the Rhineland and its contested position. More information here.

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Hoffmann von Fallersleben correspondence network online

Joep Leerssen

E.A. Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798-1874), Grimm adept, philologist and Vormärz poet, maintained an exensive correspondence with many European partners throughout his life. His letters have been repertoried by Dr. Erika Poettgens as part of her study Hoffmann von Fallersleben und die Lande niederländischer Zunge. Briefwechsel, Beziehungsgeflechte, Bildlichkeit (Münster: Waxmann, 2014). By courtesy of Dr Poettgens, and with the kind help and agreement of Waxmann publishers, SPIN was given the use of the corpus’s metadata. These were processed to put a visualization of Hoffmann’s network online. It can be accessed in the ERNiE website (http://ernie.uva.nl) under the “Letters” tab, or directly through this URL: https://ernie.uva.nl/viewer.p/21/59/scenario/114/geo. Hoffmann’s 7600 letters now feature in ERNiE alongside other major corpuses (the Grimms, Walter Scott, E.M. Arndt, Rasmus Rask, Prosper Mérimée...) to demonstrate the densely and transnationally entangled nature of Romantic Nationalism.  

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Proceedings of the Germanisten 1846-1847 back online

Joep Leerssen

One of SPIN’s first projects in 2009 was to digitize the proceedings of the famous gatherings of Germanisten in Frankfurt and Lübeck (1846 and 1847). Generally recognized as a key episode in the interaction between German philology and national politics, these meetings, chaired by Jacob Grimm, were an academic run-up to the Frankfurt Parliament of 1848. Their proceedings were only available in contemporary printed form and, given the Fraktur print of that period, even digitized PDFs were not searchable. SPIN curated a digitized full-text presentation in modern, searchable print, with an introduction by leading expert Katinka Netzer. That presentation had become, alas, inaccessible in the process of mounting the ERNiE website. But the full Proceedings have now been placed back online and will provide researchers with what we hope is a valuable resource. To access: http://show.ernie.uva.nl/germanisten.

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