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Formation and Relocation of European Libraries in the Confessional Age (c.1500 ̵c. 1650) and Their Afterlife
This book is about the creation, relocation, and reconstruction of libraries between the late Middle Ages and the Age of Confessionalization, that is, the era of religious division and struggle in Northern Europe following the Reformation and Counter–Reformation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. At the time different creeds clashed with each other, but it was also a period when the political and intellectual geography of Europe was redrawn. Centuries–old political, economic, and cultural networks fell apart and were replaced with new ones. Books and libraries were at the centre of these cultural, political, and religious transformations, frequently taken away as war booties and appropriated by their new owners in distant locations.
The protestant reformation was critical to the efflorescence of printing in England between 1547 and 1553. Celyn David Richards explores English print culture during this turbulent period, as an official programme of reform, new censorship dynamics and increasingly sophisticated commercial relationships contributed to the trade’s rapid expansion. Edward VI’s reign saw unprecedented levels of religious print production, London’s first publishing syndicate, and a climate of protestant ascendancy which helped English print culture to make up ground on its continental counterparts.
In a new approach to Goethe's “Faust I”, Evanghelia Stead extensively discusses Moritz Retzsch's twenty-six outline prints (1816) and how their spin-offs made the unfathomable play available to larger reader communities through copying and extensive distribution circuits, including bespoke gifts. The images amply transformed as they travelled throughout Europe and overseas, revealing differences between countries and cultures but also their pliability and resilience whenever remediated.
This interdisciplinary investigation evidences the importance of print culture throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in nations involved in competition and conflict. Retzsch's foundational set crucially engenders parody, and inspires the stage, literature, and three-dimensional objects, well beyond common perceptions of print culture's influence.

This study was facilitated by the Institut Universitaire de France / IUF. .
Gefühlspolitik im Drama des 18. Jahrhunderts
Diese Studie findet einen neuen Zugang zur Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts, indem sie die Dramen Goethes, Schillers, Voltaires und Diderots sowie die populären Unterhaltungsdramen Ifflands und Kotzebues im Kontext des politischen Spannungsfeldes von Agonalität und empfindsamer Ethik deutet. Agonalität, also Wettstreit und Konkurrenz, ist für die Konstitution politischer Gemeinschaften wesentlich. Gruppen, Parteien und Individuen kämpfen im Feld des Sozialen um Teilhabe. Damit einher geht die Gefahr der Eskalation, der gewaltsamen Austragung von Konflikten, sei es durch Aufstände, Revolutionen oder Kriege. Die Aufklärung reagiert auf diese Gefahr mit dem empfindsamen Konzept der allgemeinen Menschenliebe, die soziale Spannungen ausgleich soll. Die Studie zeigt anhand eines Korpus von über 100 Dramen, wie die gegenläufigen Phänomene von Agonalität und Menschenliebe die europäische Dramenproduktion der Zeit prägen und die Bildung neuer Gattungen wie das rührende Schauspiel vorantreiben.