Transatlantic Echoes. Alexander von Humboldt in World Literature

Lubrich, Oliver; Clark, Rex (eds.) (2012). Transatlantic Echoes. Alexander von Humboldt in World Literature [Source Edition] . New York: Berghahn Books

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Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was a world traveler, bestselling writer, and versatile researcher, a European salon sensation, and global celebrity. Yet the enormous literary echo he generated has remained largely unexplored. Humboldt inspired generations of authors, from Goethe and Byron to Enzensberger and García Márquez, to reflect on cultural difference, colonial ideology, and the relation between aesthetics and science. This collection of one-hundred texts features tales of adventure, travel reports, novellas, memoirs, letters, poetry, drama, screenplays, and even comics—many for the first time in English. The selection covers the foundational myths and magical realism of Latin America, the intellectual independence of Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, and Whitman in the United States, discourses in Imperial, Weimar, Nazi, East, and West Germany, as well as recent films and fiction. This documented source book addresses scholars in cultural and postcolonial studies as well as readers in history and comparative literature.

Item Type:

Book (Source Edition)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Germanic Languages

UniBE Contributor:

Lubrich, Oliver


400 Language > 430 German & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 830 German & related literatures




Berghahn Books




Simone Gehr

Date Deposited:

10 Mar 2014 10:37

Last Modified:

05 Sep 2016 13:49

Additional Information:

100 literarische Zeugnisse der internationalen Alexander von Humboldt-Rezeption – von Goethe und Bolívar bis García Márquez und Daniel Kehlmann


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