Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism, and National Culture

Public Culture in Hamburg 1700-1933


The essays assembled in this volume grew out of a conference held at Cornell University in November 2001. The goal of the conference was to examine the claim that the city-state of Hamburg had a unique status in the cultural landscape of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Germany, a status based upon the city’s republican political constitution. Hamburg’s independence and its tolerant and cosmopolitan political traditions made it a focal point for progressive cultural developments during the period of the Enlightenment and after. The contributions collected here transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries by giving equal attention to literature, music, and theater, as well as to architecture and city planning. Key essays address the role that figures as diverse as C.P.E. Bach, Lessing, Klopstock, Heine, Brahms, and Thomas Mann played in shaping Hamburg’s exceptional quality as a center of culture. This volume will be of interest not only to scholars doing research on Hamburg, but also to anyone with an interest in the cultural history of eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth-century Germany.

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Acknowledgements Peter Uwe HOHENDAHL: Introduction Mary LINDEMANN: Fundamental Values: Political Culture in Eighteenth-Century Hamburg David YEARSLEY: The Musical Patriots of the Hamburg Opera: Mattheson, Keiser, and Masaniello furioso Herbert ROWLAND: The Journal Der Patriot and the Constitution of a Bourgeois Literary Public Sphere John A. McCARTHY: Lessing and the Project of a National Theater in Hamburg: “Ein Supplement der Gesetze” Meredith LEE: Klopstock as Hamburg’s Representative Poet Annette RICHARDS: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and the Intimate Poetics of Public Music Julia BERGER: In the Valley of the Kings: Classicist Architecture in Hamburg, Altona and the Elbvororte (1790-1840) Jost HERMAND: The Jacobins of Hamburg and Altona Katherine B. AASLESTAD: Old Visions and New Vices: Republicanism and Civic Virtue in Hamburg’s Print Culture, 1790-1810 Bernd KORTLÄNDER: During the day a big accounting office and at night a huge bordello: Heine and Hamburg Celia APPLEGATE: Of Sailors’ Bars and Women’s Choirs: The Musical Worlds of Brahms’ Hamburg Hans Rudolf VAGET: The Discreet Charm of the Hanseatic Bourgeoisie. Geography, History, and Psychology in Thomas Mann’s Representations of Hamburg Jennifer JENKINS: Of Parks and Theaters: Conceptions of Urban Space in Fritz Schumacher’s Hamburg List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors Index