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Placing Modern GreeceThe Dynamics of Romantic Hellenism, 1770-1840$
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Constanze Guthenke

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231850

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231850.001.0001

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‘I love this land of Greece above all else. It has the colour of my heart’: The Greek Landscape of the German Soul

‘I love this land of Greece above all else. It has the colour of my heart’: The Greek Landscape of the German Soul

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(p.44) 2 ‘I love this land of Greece above all else. It has the colour of my heart’: The Greek Landscape of the German Soul
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Placing Modern Greece
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Constanze Güthenke (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231850.003.0003

The second chapter asks how, through aesthetic discourse, Greek reality (material, geographical, climatic) signified as a foil for individual and national reflection. It first examines examples of real and fictive travel-writings in (European) circulation around 1800, including some rare German accounts of Greece by, for example, Bartholdy and von Halem, which have so far not received any scholarly attention. This is followed by an analysis of Hölderlin's novel Hyperion, or the Greek Hermit (1797/1799). Often neglected in favour of his poetry, Hölderlin's poetic novel is a central text to introduce the landscape of contemporary Greece, as an ambivalent mediator between antiquity and modernity, into the act of writing on German national identity.

Keywords:   climate, German national identity, Greek travel, von Halem, Hölderlin, Hyperion, landscape, travel writing

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