"Weltliteratur" e Medioevo: Auerbach e Ernst Robert Curtius

Stockhammer, Robert (2017). "Weltliteratur" e Medioevo: Auerbach e Ernst Robert Curtius. Intersezioni: Rivista di storia delle idee, XXXVII(3), pp. 341-362. Il Mulino

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The present article starts out from a re-evaluation of the relationship between
Erich Auerbach and Ernst Robert Curtius, concentrating on the years after World
War II. The obvious differences in their biographies do not necessarily imply that
their philological-political stances are equally «antagonistic» («progressionist» vs.
«reactionary»). What they share is an interest in the pre-national medieval and early modern literary system – as described by Curtius in his book European Literature and Latin Middle Ages as well as in some of Auerbach’s latest articles – precisely as a potential model for a post-national present. For these reasons, certain aspects of Curtius’ magnum opus inspired Auerbach in a context which seems to be completely different, namely in his programmatic reflections on «Philology of World Literature».

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Cordibella, Giovanna


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Italian Language and Literature > Literary Studies

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Cordibella, Giovanna


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Il Mulino




Giovanna Cordibella

Date Deposited:

02 May 2018 10:59

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:10

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Erich Auerbach, Ernst Robert Curtius, World Literature, Medieval Literature.



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