Sprache, Literatur und nationale Identität
Die Debatten über das Universelle und das Partikuläre in Frankreich und Deutschland
[Language, Literature, and National Identity: Debates on the Universal and the Particular in France and Germany]
Aims and Scope
German and French concepts of nation were often defined antithetically – through an idealized contrast between the “nation state” and the “cultural nation.” This study undertakes a political, linguistic, and literary historical reconstruction of the significance of language and literature in the construction of national identity since the early modern period, revealing that this process was far more complex than previously thought.