European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages (Bollingen by Ernst Robert Curtius

By Ernst Robert Curtius

Title note: unique name Europäische Literatur und Lateinisches Mittelalter
Author note: advent by way of Colin Burrow
Publish yr note: First released in 1948

Published simply after the second one international struggle, European Literature and the Latin center Ages is a sweeping exploration of the amazing continuity of ecu literature throughout time and position, from the classical period as much as the early 19th century, and from the Italian peninsula to the British Isles. In what T. S. Eliot known as a "magnificent" booklet, Ernst Robert Curtius establishes medieval Latin literature because the very important transition among the literature of antiquity and the vernacular literatures of later centuries. the result's not anything under a masterful synthesis of ecu literature from Homer to Goethe.

European Literature and the Latin center Ages is a enormous paintings of literary scholarship. In a brand new creation, Colin Burrow presents serious insights into Curtius's lifestyles and concepts and highlights the particular significance of this excellent book.

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For thereby the much-debated relations between poetry and religion are for the first time cleared up conceptually and integrated into a comprehensive scientific picture of the universe. Whoever rejects Bergson's theory must replace it by a better. It appears to me to require amplification only in one point. Bergson derives intelligence and the fabulatory function biologically. They are apparatuses brought forth by "Life" or "Nature" or the "creative drive" which underlies both. But it is a general law "that mechanisms of human nature which originally served the biological preservation of the species are in the course of evolution employed for extra-biological and superbiological ends as well" (Scheler).

EUROPEAN LITERATURE undertake his history because he regarded the Peloponnesian War as the greatest war of all times. Augustine wrote his City of God under the impact of Alaric's conquest of Rome. Machiavelli's political and historical writings are his reaction to the French expeditions into Italy. The revolution of 1789 and the Napoleonic wars provoked Hegel's Philosophy of History. " The end of the first World War was responsible for the resonance Spengler's Decline of the West found in Germany.

1 The protagonists of progress in historical understanding are always isolated individuals, who are led by such historical convulsions as wars and revolutions to put new questions. Thucydides was induced to AN'S KNOWLEDGE 1 It is perhaps not untimely to refer to a warning which dates from 1926. "The expansion of democracy," wrote Max Scheler, "once the ally of free scholarship and philosophy against the supremacy of the ecclesiastically restricted mind, is slowly becoming the greatest danger to intellectual freedom.

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