“Europe: a challenge for german and culture studies”, Peter Hanenberg


Nos dias 21 e 22 de Abril, o encontro promovido pela APEG- Associação Portuguesa de Estudos Germanísticos e pelo CECC ‘Nationalismus. Europe in its Labyrinth’ reúne vários teóricos em torno do debate sobre o conceito de nacionalismo, o seu sentido actual e o das suas origens. A propósito, retomamos aqui o artigo de Peter Hanenberg, um dos oradores desta conferência, intitulado “Europe: a challenge for german and culture studies”, publicado na German Studies Association Newsletter em 2010.

The history of German Studies is intimately related to the national movement in the nineteenth century. German Studies arose in history as a means of founding and securing the notion of the nation – and thus to overcome a certain political and cultural stagnation felt by the intellectuals after the Vienna Congress and – please allow me this strange parallelism – after Goethe’s death in 1832. Immermann’s Epigonen and Ernst Willkomm’s Die Europamüden are two examples of a culture searching for its path. When Georg Friedrich Benecke, Karl Lachmann, and the Brothers Grimm started their devotion to and research on German culture, they did not just start from a German perspective, but instead situated their work in the context of the classical heritage and, in the case of Benecke, for example, in the context of other European literatures. But the famous “Germanistentage” in 1846 in Frankfurt and in 1847 in Lübeck brought together researchers from literary and language studies as well as from history and law, who concentrated their work on German subjects. When Wilhelm Grimm presented the dictionary project that would take more than a century to complete, it turned out to be simultaneously a work of fundamental research and the fruit of contemporary challenges. The entry “Germanist” in the dictionary is especially interesting, as it refers to the “experts and teachers of German law,” a term that developed only in the nineteenth century, as the dictionary explains, referring especially and as a kind ofself–fulfilling definition to Jacob Grimm’s edition of the Rechtsaltertümer.

O artigo completo está disponível no repositório da Universidade Católica.


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