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Zur Krise Europas in der Revista de Occidente und im Merkur

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This article is based on the correspondence between the first editors of the German cultural magazine Merkur (since 1947) and the Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset, archived in the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach. By taking a comparative approach to the journal Revista de Occidente (since 1923) and the Merkur, this article explores how the publications reacted to their reception of crisis in different European cultures and thereby promoted a particular idea of European and national intellectual renewal. This was a crucial dynamic of their respective post-war discourses. An important link was the romance philologist Ernst Robert Curtius, who published in the Spanish magazine and whose critical essayistic work set in motion a transfer of ideas from the South to the North.


Ich danke dem Deutschen Literaturarchiv Marbach für die großzügige Genehmigung zur Benutzung der Korrespondenz zwischen den Herausgebern des Merkur (Hans Paeschke und Joachim Moras) und José Ortega y Gasset (DLA, Marbach D: Merkur, HS.NZ80.0003), auf die im Aufsatz Bezug genommen wurde.

Published Online: 2020-06-18
Published in Print: 2020-06-04

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