A Biologist Literary History: August Wilhelm Schlegel and the Franco-German Natural Sciences

In: Biological Time, Historical Time
Stefan Knödler
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The contribution analyses the history of literature as conceived by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767–1845), which is modelled on contemporary science, especially the comparative anatomy of George Cuvier and Johann Friedrich Blumenbach. Like these scientists, Schlegel proceeds by comparison and systematization as well as by historical classification. Following romanticist philosophy of Nature, Schlegel presumes a unifying principle, which is likewise at work in nature, in language(s), and in literature. Retracing its path, the philologist starts off from the language and literature of his present time to go back to Antiquity and even to Sanskrit.

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Biological Time, Historical Time

Transfers and Transformations in 19th Century Literature

Series:  Faux Titre, Volume: 431


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