What recent discovery in life fascinated you

German History of Literature pp 185-240 | Cite as

  • Wolfgang Beutin
  • Matthias Beilein
  • Klaus Ehlert
  • Wolfgang Emmerich
  • Christine Kanz
  • Bernd Lutz
  • Volker Meid
  • Michael Opitz
  • Carola Opitz-Wiemers
  • Ralf Schnell
  • Peter Stein
  • Inge Stephan


In retrospect, Heinrich Heine appeared as an "art period" to the period up to around 1830, which was primarily shaped by the overpowering figure of Goethe and his work. The end of the "art period," of which Hegel also spoke in his Lectures on aesthetics (1835) speaks and the motif that runs through the writings of the Young Germans after 1830 like a guideline coincides - if one follows Heine's view of the special importance of Goethe - with the year of Goethe's death (1832). With the term "art period", Heine associated, among other things, the idea of ​​an era in which art based on autonomy and the figure of the autonomous artist were of particular importance and in which the question of the relationship between art and life was decided in favor of art. The special role that art played between the two revolutions of 1789 and 1830 has also been emphasized again and again in research and has led to formulations such as "Age of German Classical and Romanticism", "Age of Goethe and Schiller", "Heyday." of German poetry "etc. led. In contrast, the term ›art period‹ appears to be more neutral and less ideologically burdened. More narrowly than with Heine, the term ›art epoch‹ is understood to mean the time which, enclosed by two European revolutions, oscillated between the two poles of revolution and restoration.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Beutin
  • Matthias Beilein
  • Klaus Ehlert
  • Wolfgang Emmerich
  • Christine Kanz
  • Bernd Lutz
  • Volker Meid
  • Michael Opitz
  • Carola Opitz-Wiemers
  • Ralf Schnell
  • Peter Stein
  • Inge Stephan

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